Ferry Rides & Schedules

St. Marys | Cumberland Island

Georgia Round Trip Ferry Service

Cumberland Island is located seven miles east of St. Marys and is accessible only by boat. A concession-operated passenger ferry departs from downtown St. Marys and provides round-trip transportation services to Cumberland Island.

Spring/Summer Schedule

March 1 – September 30 | 7 days a week
Leave St. Marys

9 a.m.
11:45 a.m.

Arrive on the Island

9:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

Leave the Island

10:15 a.m.
2:45 p.m. (Mon-Sat)
4:45 p.m.

Arrive at St. Marys

11 a.m.
3:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.


Fall Schedule

October 1 – November 30 | 7 days a week
Leave St. Marys

9 a.m.
11:45 a.m.

Arrive on the Island

9:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

Leave the Island

10:15 a.m.
4:45 p.m.

Arrive at St. Marys

11 a.m.
5:30 p.m.


Winter Schedule

December 1 – February 28 | 5 days a week Thursday - Monday | No ferry Tuesday/Wednesday
Leave St. Marys

9 a.m.
11:45 a.m.

Arrive on the Island

9:45 a.m.
12:30 p.m.

Leave the Island

10:15 a.m.
4:45 p.m.

Arrive at St. Marys

11 a.m.
5:30 p.m.

Visitor Tips

Arrive 60 minutes before your scheduled ferry departure time. The ferry departs promptly at 9 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Missed ferry departures will not be refunded.

Be sure to check in 60 minutes prior, otherwise, reservations may be given to walk-on passengers.Check-in is at the visitors center. An orientation and safety talk will take place 15 minutes prior to departure at the Visitor Center.

Park entrance fee is not included in ferry ticket price. Purchase on-site before boarding ferry. View entrance fees on the National Park Service website.

Passengers MUST purchase departure and return trip during checkout. One way ticket purchases are subject to cancellation. No cars, kayaks, or pets allowed on ferry.

What To Bring

Please be aware that there is NOTHING to purchase once you get to the island. This can make for an unpleasant trip if you do not come prepared. You are allowed to bring coolers and any bags that you can carry. All of your trash is pack in, pack out.

You need to bring water, food, sunscreen, walking shoes, rain gear, a hat, and sunglasses.

The ferry sells ice, firewood, potato chips, and drinks. The sale of these items is limited to only when the ferry is docked at Sea Camp. Please plan accordingly, we want everyone to have a great experience.

Please make all camping reservations before booking your ferry to ensure availability. Call 912.882.4336 to book your campsite.

Other Information

  • Chevron down PRIVATE CHARTERS
  • The Cumberland Island Ferry also charters boats for private trips including school groups to Cumberland Island.

    Call to book your private charter 912.882.4452

  • Chevron down WEDDINGS, PRIVATE PARTIES & RECEPTIONS
  • Call for more information and pricing 912.882.4452

  • Chevron down CANCELLATIONS & REFUNDS
  • Refunds for a paid reservation must be made up to 10 days prior to sailing. However, a cancellation fee of 20% per ticket will be made. Refunds are not made within 9 days of sailing, however, one transfer can be made per customer. All sailings are subject to the vessel captain’s discretion, including regular schedule or charter. Sailings are rarely canceled for reasons other than mechanical problems with the vessel, severe weather and/or heavy seas. A full refund will be made when sailings are canceled by the captain. Rain and cloudy conditions will not cancel sailings and no refunds will be made. All cancellations and refunds must be requested in writing by either email or fax. Reservations may be made up to 6 months in advance.