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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 tale ride

Really like the ferry. The crews are funny, very friendly, answer any questions you may have. Great value at $1.25 with bike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dan D
Temecula, California
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Belton, Texas
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47 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a fun little ferry. It only takes 3 cars and pedestrians so you may have to wait depending on the time of day.Plan ahead.It is one of the iconic things in the area.

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Temecula, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really like the ferry. The crews are funny, very friendly, answer any questions you may have. Great value at $1.25 with bike.

Thank Dan D
Porthcawl, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hi, just thought you like my view on the ferry crossing at balboa island , for a dollar the best value for money in California if just not for ride but the scenery . It only take a couple of minutes but saved me about $150 in taxi ride , walked from the Hyatt regency throw balboa island to the... More 

Thank paul g
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5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it's a nice way to get Balboa island other than being stuck in traffic. fun cheap experience. must try.

Thank Thegiggle
New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This quick but scenic ride across the harbour is easy to add to any trip to Orange County. On busy days park the car and walk on or you may wait hours for a chance to drive on. The ferry only takes 3 cars at a time but plenty of room for pedestrians or bicycles

Thank frshflorst
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35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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.

Thank missmonique
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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!

Thank Jett H
Plano, Texas
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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.

Thank read_to_lead
Pismo Beach
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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 

Thank MauiMama_9
Bellevue, Washington
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576 reviews
215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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 

Thank Steve F

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