The Port Aransas Ferry System

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The Port Aransas Ferry System

The Port Aransas Ferry System
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Nicole B
Milwaukee, WI92 contributions
Dec 2020 • Business
During our stay in Port Aransas, we used the ferry several times. Overall, the staff has the system ‘down’ - they are efficient, and they carefully guide cars on and off the ferries with care.

One day we rode, the entire staff was in high gear- they were getting cars on, securing the ride and starting the crossing in record time. When we landed, we saw why - the line waiting to cross onto the island was an hour wait. I cannot say enough how each staff member was working at maximum capacity using all available ferries and workers to get people where they wanted to go as quickly as possible. Bravo!

Written January 3, 2021
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Learn-Play M
5 contributions
Feb 2022
This was our first experience taking our car onto a ferry. We arrived in the dark around 9:30 at night on Feb. 28th. It was not crowded and it was very easy to drive our car onto this ferry. It only took about 10 minutes to load the 6 other cars onto the ferry and it was a short 5 minute ride to the City of Port Aransas. It was free and a very positive experience!
Written March 11, 2022
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Robert B
Houston, TX6 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a 1 hr wait on a Sunday afternoon in June to leave. The workers were working hard and it seems organized. I would advise to plan your route to the ferry line because it backs up through the intersection at times. We were making a left turn to get in the ferry line and because of the back up very few cars could go on the green arrow. It turns to a blinking arrow, but because of the cars turning right we could never go. I would recommend taking the route where you are making the right turn or coming straight through the light. They got to move faster. We sat in 8 or 10 light cycles and I regretted going that way. It was our first time, so we didn't know the trick.
Written June 9, 2021
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Grapefruit34
1 contribution
Sep 2021
On Labor Day we waited at least 3 hours to ride the ferry. Being a holiday, maybe the wait time could not be helped. But the lines were extremely long and it was unclear where to line up. Most of the workers were pleasant but when I was moving up to where I thought I was supposed to stop, a woman wearing a supervisor vest literally screamed at me and looked at me with the ugliest look (she screamed at other cars too and was generally nasty). I was inching forward and was in no way about to hit anyone - she wasn't even in my path. Then they skipped over us and let others go who had not been waiting as long. My husband and I spoke to someone on the phone, one of the guys working, and a security guard, none of whom were helpful about the mistake the employees made which resulted in us having to wait 30 min longer for all the other rows to go. The "security guard" told me there was no way to verify that a mistake had been made and "I don't see anyone else complaining." He said this as he was staring at my chest. Seriously. I will never, ever, ride this ferry again. My issue is not so much with the long wait, which was to be expected, but the unprofessionalism of the employees. I assume they have no incentive for being professional since no one there seemed to take our issue seriously and the "supervisor" was the one screaming at people.
Written September 10, 2021
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James B
Prairie Village, KS275 contributions
Aug 2020
We have used the ferry many times and find that your wait time can be 1.25 hours to 5 minutes - all depending on the traffic. The staff are generally pretty good and they have a regular system to get cars on and off efficiently. You can expect long waits to Port A during morning rush hour and long waits from Port A during evening rush hours and Sunday mornings when tourists are leaving.
Written October 27, 2020
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M J
Austin, TX7,966 contributions
Dec 2021
My husband and I have been enjoying the ferry rides for over 40 years. Our last trip was in December 2022. Four or five ferries were running and our wait to get on the ferry was about 5 minutes. We have waited 45-60 minutes during the summer and spring break. It took 5 minutes to load the ferry and the trip across the channel took about 5 minutes. The ferries are large enough to handle a truck pulling a big travel trailer. Years ago, we got out of our vehicle during the ferry ride to watch for the dolphins in the channel. That is no longer allowed. Roberts Point Park is a great place to watch the dolphins now days. The ferry is free.
Written December 28, 2021
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Chris S
Conroe, TX218 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
My husband and I rode down to Port Aransas on a very busy Valentine's day Friday to stay in Port Aransas for the weekend. We were very happy to be able to cut the very long line of cars waiting for the ferry, move directly to the front of the line and be directed to board the ferry very quickly. It was a very cold day and we were happy to have this amenity on the Port Aransas Ferry. Thanks Port Aransas Ferry.
Written February 16, 2020
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jaliscojudy
Santa Fe, NM15 contributions
Mar 2020
This small ferry system is very organized and makes the short trip across the Corpus Christi Channel in about 10 minutes on ferries that hold about 20 cars. The ferry runs 24 hours a day and is well staffed. For me, riding the ferry was a lesson in slowing down and respecting the rhythms of the ocean. Loved it.
Written March 3, 2020
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Kathleen S
East Tawas, MI9 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We crossed pulling a 35 foot fifth wheel. Ferry staff had cars load ahead of us then directed us to park taking up two of the three lanes in the back row of cars. No problem at all.
There are highway signs that post expected wait times as you approach the ferry area. During our stay on the island there were several times that the sign read “ No RVs or 5th wheels due to low tide”. Something to be aware of that could happen. I don’t know how many hours that would have delayed us. Guess we were lucky with our timing.
Written January 21, 2022
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M J
Austin, TX7,966 contributions
Dec 2020
My husband and I have been enjoying the ferries in Port Aransas for over 40 years. Our last trip was in December 2020. About 4 ferries were running and our wait to get on the ferry was about 5 minutes. The time is much longer during the summer and holidays. Watch for the dolphins in the channel. Roberts Point Park is a good place to see dolphins as well. It took over 5 minutes to load the ferry and the trip across the channel took about 5 minutes. The ferries are large enough to handle a truck pulling a big travel trailer. The ferry is free.
Written January 15, 2021
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