Cape May - Lewes Ferry
Cape May - Lewes Ferry
4.5
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Whether you're crossing the Delaware Bay for a fun day trip or as part of a long-distance trip, on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, your journey is sure to be a memorable one.Enjoy historic lighthouses, picturesque harbors, oceangoing vessels, unique seabirds and, just maybe, your very own dolphin escort!The 17-mile, 85-minute cruise between New Jersey and Delaware can cut miles off a trip along the Atlantic Coast, connecting points like Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Ocean City and the rest of the Jersey Shore with Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Sussex Shores, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City, MD, and destinations throughout Virginia.Our welcoming, modern terminals are a destination in and of themselves, with enjoyable restaurants and lounges, and well-stocked gift shops!
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  • Ladybug
    75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try the ferry
    Easy to book your tickets on line. Very organized for loading. We got there early and enjoyed lunch alongside the water. The trip was enjoyable and we arrived right on time. We chose this ferry so we could avoid going near Philadelphia with the route 95 repair.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 29, 2023
  • triceh
    Binghamton, New York32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relaxing ride
    This was our second time taking the ferry from Lewes to Cape May. Both times have been extremely organized; putting the vehicle onto the ferry and exiting the ferry is like a well oiled machine. The ride is always pleasant and relaxing. Alcoholic drinks are available at the bar at the top of the ferry. The bar was quite busy and it would’ve been helpful to have more than one bartender on staff.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Lindsey C
    Indiana102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A neat way to travel
    We took the ferry from Lewes to Cape May, mostly for the experience of taking the car on a ferry, and to continue our trip to visit New England. The booking experience, boarding and disembarking were very easy. On the ferry there are options to purchase food, drink and merchandise. I think that the people who board without vehicles get the best pick of seats onboard (tables next to windows), because by the time we were parked and got upstairs, the only options were rows of chairs toward the middle. We sat for a little while before my daughter and I decided to walk around the outside. Overall, it's a neat experience if you're traveling that way, just to try a different mode of transportation.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Douglas B
    199 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommend highly.
    Saw this ferry ride on Aerial America television show featuring New Jersey. We left Kentucky for historical driving tour and the only planned activity was driving the Jersey shore and taking this ferry to Delaware. We were not disappointed. Rode the July 4, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. one-way trip from Cape May to Lewes. Perfect weather. We arrived one hour before departure and were 10th or so in line to board. Boarded promptly and quickly. Rode the top floor for the breeze and view. One way trip was approximately 90 minutes. Got some great bird and dolphin photographs.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Dean_Amy-2004
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania8,256 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Round Trip
    We did a round trip from Cape May. It saved a lot of time vs driving to Delaware and gave us a break from driving to boot. The entire operation ran smoothly and on time. They even have a FREE 9-hole mini golf course you can play while you wait on the NJ side. Food and souvenirs are available for purchase at the terminal and on the ferry.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Shantamr36
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania982 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply Amazing
    We paid $71.00 (car, 3 adults, 1 child) Everything was deceit and in order. We arrived early so that we could board first. They have a nice restaurant and cafe inside along seating inside and out while you wait for departure. Security checked all trunks. Boarding and Exiting was a breeze. Plenty of chairs onboard the ferry. Seating both inside and outside. Plenty of standing room. Small gift shop-bottom deck Bar-top (outside) and bottom (inside) Amazing views Great relaxation Perfect for for a nap A little over an hour to arrive in Cap-May We loved it. Ability to bring pets aboard
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Anthony T
    Cambridge, Maryland66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience - worth the cost
    Worth the money especially if you're looking to avoid I-95. If you are going to Atlantic City or somewhere in southern NJ, this is a great idea. It is about a 80 minute trip and you get to see some dolphins and other sea life. Pleasant ride. Turn off your car alarm!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Rajagopal S
    Edison, New Jersey3,270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value
    A very good option to go to ocean city if you are traveling from NJ … kids liked it too. It is about an hour and 15 mins sail from cape May to Ocean city MD . Easy booking … costed ok - we paid about 37$ for our van and 10$ per person . Ferry had lots of seats inside and outside the deck . I really liked the push back seats 💺.. very comfortable . They also have a gift shop and a small cafe with coffee and some snacks . There is also a bar on the 2nd floor. Very organized . Very comfortable . Had to wait an hour to board .. restaurants inside the ferry terminal weren’t that good . Overall a good experience…
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,034 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Enjoyable Crossing
    On our east coast road trip my wife and I booked our car onto the ferry to travel from North Cape May New Jersey to Lewes Delaware. Upon arrival at the terminal we waited only 30 minutes in line until the vehicles were all security checked and our drive on loading commenced. The ferry crossing is a distance of 17 miles and took 90 minutes. Onboard there are many seat locations to choose from plus a small bar serving drinks and snacks. The day was sunny and clear and we really enjoyed the crossing as part of our ongoing trip. Recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • G6021SImarkb
    Bethany Beach, Delaware148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful day on the ferry
    Taking a ride in early December we were concerned about the weather. Turned out be a perfect days, nice calm seas. The vessel arrived right on time and we boarded promptly. Really appreciated that everyone had to go through security to board. Made us much more at ease. The staff was wonderful. We had a few beers and some snacks. Before you knew it we arrived effortlessly in Cape May. We will be back in the Spring.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 18, 2023
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HereWeGooo
York, PA46 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
Beware! The shuttle to Cape May is not running and was not mentioned on their website. We woke up early, drive a distance only to discover signs that there’s no shuttle. I waited to speak to the desk clerk about other transportation options and the first thing out of the UNmasked desk clerk was “Do you have a mask with you. Put it on.” in a very rude tone. We were aware of the requirement ahead of time to wear our mask on the ferry itself. We dutifully wear our masks when asked but politeness is always appreciated. (Desk clerk was blonde haired middle age lady. I say this since perhaps there are other polite clerks who work there.) Her rudeness made our decision an easy one. We turned around and left. I feel bad for all of the New Jersey businesses who lost our money due to her unhelpful attitude and rudeness, not to mention the ferry company itself.
On a more positive note, we rode the ferry numerous times in the past and enjoy the ferry ride and the towns of Cape May and Wildwood. If you’re willing to subject yourself to the bully and a 6 mile walk to Cape May (since shuttle isn’t running) you will likely enjoy the boat ride.
Written June 8, 2021
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Greta
North Wildwood, NJ3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
It’s a frustrating process. Cars can load much longer than passengers. The Ferry runs consistently late. Sat for 15 minutes watching them load cars long after they told me I was not able to walk on with a prepaid ticket. Was told the crew pulled the ramps early. Customer service really poor
Written July 10, 2021
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Dear Gmade4, you are correct that we do often halt passenger boarding before vehicles in order to try to leave as quickly as possible. The length of the walk and the time to secure the passenger ramp drive this, but we do have other options that perhaps should have been explored. I would like to make this up to you. Please reach out to me at heath,gehrke@drba.net or 609-889-7220. My apologies for your inconvenience.
Written July 20, 2021
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Dennis
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Was pretty disappointed to find out this was reservations only, and I know I am not alone in this. Planned on crossing this waterway for a shorter trip from NJ to DE, but this ferry does not seem to have any capacity for busy season vehicles and is booked for days in advance. Seems to me that the business opportunity would be to add more boats. Having lived on the great lakes in Ohio and using ferry crossing all the time, I can't believe this company does not add more capacity for everyone to pass, and most importantly, WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. How is anyone even supposed to know that you need reservations unless they want to go to your website? Hopefully someday you realize how much revenue you are losing because of reservations and decide to invest in growing your capacity.
Written August 18, 2021
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Hello, It is unfortunate we were not able to accommodate you on your desired trip, but I must clarify that the Cape May Lewes Ferry is not "reservation only". However, our entire capacity is available to be reserved, either by phone, in person, or online, and many of our customers choose to book in advance in order to secure their crossing at their desired departure time. As a result, many of our departures, especially on high demand days, are sold out in advance. If a departure is not sold out, tickets can be purchased at Tolls at time of departure. For those customers that arrive at the Tolls without a reservation for sold out departures, we offer a "stand by" option, where a customer purchases their ticket and waits on site in case any spots open up due to cancellations or "no shows". Additionally, at this time our capacity is diminished as one of our vessels has been delayed in dry dock during a refurbishment, so our normal fleet of three is reduced to two vessels. The Delaware River and Bay Authority and the Cape May Lewes Ferry have also started the multi-year process of designing and building an additional vessel for our fleet, details of which can be found on the Delaware River and Bay Authority website, at DRBA.net. I am happy to answer any questions you may have, so please feel free to contact me at terry.anstead@drba.net or on my direct line at 1-609-889-7224. Sincerely, Terry Anstead
Written August 19, 2021
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pjsubway
New York City, NY193 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I guess this is fun for the novelty, but it doesn’t save any time (and definitely not money) if you’re traveling beyond the immediate area of Lewes or Cape May. The ticket pricing is a bit weird, with the special rates (AAA, first responders) being exactly the same as the regular ones when booked online. Why bother to list them? It wasn’t really a bad experience but not worth going out of your way for.
Written August 22, 2020
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Cathy G
74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This ride was AMAZING….

The pictures are important because when we were trying to find information on the ferry ride, we struggled to find information regarding accessibility

Not only was the ferry accessible, the entire experience was beyond our expectations

A ferry for people to cross, whether for business or pleasure was very enjoyable!
There is a snack bar area, as well as 2 bars,

You have the option to purchase a one way ticket or round trip..
There is a shuttle available to go into Cape May if you opt not to take your car.
We left our car parked on the
Lewes, Delaware side

Approximately an 85- minute ride one way
You can tell from the pictures that security is tight

It was very easy for my husband to maneuver the port, load and on the ferry!
We opted to go round trip and stay on the boat.
We had basically a 3 -hour trip

The cost was $36 for both of us on the "New Jersey".
Tyrone and Susan were amazing, and went the extra mile to accommodate my husband and I.
There is an elevator in the buildings to access the loading area, a ramp to access the ferry and an elevator to access the top deck.

No matter why you are visiting Lewes, I recommend a ride on the ferry!
You have a very good chance of seeing dolphins and possibly even a whale

Regardless, the view is breathtaking!
Written September 7, 2022
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Rita W
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We travel from Lewes to Cape May one or twice a year to visit our tax person . . . . . The ferry is always on time, easy to board via car, rides very smooth and just an overall easy experience.
Written February 21, 2020
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JMOTM
Fresh Meadows, NY660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We took the ferry over from Cape May to Lewes and enjoyed a relaxing ride on the ferry. Covid precautions were well observed (they did however have to make one announcement re some passengers not following protocol). Friendly crew and easy boarding process. We lamented not bringing our car as we became worried after finishing our late lunch in downtown lewes and couldn't find an uber to take us back to the ferry terminal. Luckily a kind patron at the restaurant offered to drive us to the ferry.
Written April 3, 2021
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Nemokota
Philadelphia, PA555 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I took the ferry one way from Cape May to Lewes Delaware at 7 am on a summer Monday. It was good to feel the breeze while sitting on the open top level. There were not many people and being mid pandemic there were safety measures taken. Masks were required and they had arrows painted to keep the flow of passengers in one direction. I didn’t try any food or beverages.
There was nothing much to see and it was a little boring.
I can check it off my list now.
Written June 29, 2020
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Pyramidion
Boca Raton, FL1,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
After 80+ ocean cruises including 4 Atlantic crossings this is our perfect day at sea. Tired of the magicians, jugglers and endless dining we enjoy a short outing on the briny. Food and drink available. We are foot roudtrip passengers who enjoy the salt air and sleeping at our own home after a day trip. It's cheap, fun and an easy getaway. . Pick a calm sunny day and enjoy the "cruise". Have done the trip several times after a short visit and lunch from both Cape May and Lewes Delaware. A two to three hour drive from the Philadelphia area.
Written April 7, 2020
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M.J.
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
We made a mistake and didn't plan ahead to realize that we needed a reservation for the ferry. That's our fault, and we didn't get to ride the ferry, which we are told is very nice. When we entered the gate the woman attendant gave a very condescending tone when explaining to us that we needed reservations, they were all booked up for the day, adding the unnecessary detail, "...it's been on our website for 3 years," then staring at us like we should feel guilty. We got it. People make mistakes and today was our day for one. We didn't need the negative emphasis from this employee added to our trip. They could consider adopting a more positive and compassionate response to folks who have goofed up. I am sure that other folks have made the same mistake.
Written August 14, 2021
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Hello, First and foremost, I would like to apologize for the poor customer service you experienced. The Cape May Lewes Ferry strives to maintain the highest level of customer service, and we rely on feedback from customers like yourselves to let us know when we fall short of that goal. When you have a moment, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to discuss your experience with you. This would allow me to coach the appropriate individual and possibly create an opportunity for you to experience the Cape May Lewes Ferry in the future. Email me at terry.anstead@drba.net or call my direct line at 609-889-7224, at your convenience. Thank you.
Written August 15, 2021
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