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Balboa Island Ferry

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Address: 410 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662-1042
Phone Number: (949) 673-1070
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Ferry

Ferry was $1 a person. Got us quickly over to balboa island. Fits three cars on it aswell. I think its about $3 per car.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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sydney
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ferry was $1 a person. Got us quickly over to balboa island. Fits three cars on it aswell. I think its about $3 per car.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I went on a bike ride to the island and had an enjoyable ride. The attendant was sweet and the captain was all business. It was only $1.25 to go across. Well worth it!

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Plano, Texas
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much to it since it's such a short ride. Cheap entertainment. You can drive off island w/o going back on ferry.

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Pismo Beach
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I absolutely LOVE taking this ferry....it is something I have done since I got my drivers license. I don't live in the area anymore, but whenever I find myself in the OC, I take this ferry rain or shine. something very nostalgic about the experience. the ferry is run by kids really, very young people captaining the boats.....over to balboa... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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576 reviews
215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Holding a maximum of 3 cars, this is the smallest ferry I've ever seen. It's a wonderful retro resource for the area, providing passage between the Newport peninsula and Balboa Island. If you time it right, the wait is minimal and worth the fee. The boats (there were 3 of them running) also carry bikes and foot passengers for a... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty simple and easy to use. Holds 3 cars at a time and wait time to get on it was minimal. Worked well for us.

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San Bernardino, California
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We used the ferry on our way out. There was no line, we were able to drive right onto the ferry. It cost $3 which was reasonable and the staff was very friendly. Wish it had been a longer ferry ride :)

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have not taken it with a car. So much easier to use it then to drive and park on the peninsula, which there isn't a lot of parking. A lot of tourists take it, with their cars in the summer, but during the year it is reliable and good as well.

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Long Beach, California
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a recent mini vacation to Newport Beach and Laguna we took the ferry to Balboa Island just for fun. We had dinner there and took the ferry back. Felt like being a kid again!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really handy service to cross the river! Very cheap to get across only $1 per person, staff were friendly on board, very regular service!

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