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Jamestown-Scotland Ferry

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Can't beat it

Crossing the James River by ferry is wonderful, and it's free! Very relaxing way to get to your... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Williamsburg, Va
Can’t beat it for convenience

It’s a great way to cross the James River. There’s no charge for this and it takes about 30-45... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Karen G
San Antonio, Texas
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16289 Rolfe Hwy, Surry, VA 23883-3102
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Crossing the James River by ferry is wonderful, and it's free! Very relaxing way to get to your destination.

Thank 11Limited
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a great way to cross the James River. There’s no charge for this and it takes about 30-45 minutes depending on the line. Make sure to get out and enjoy the wind in your face. We crossed from Surry to Jamestown and then continued...More

Thank Karen G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great way to travel round trip from Williamsburg to Surry. Great views of Jamestown and the James River. FREE! Operated by VDOT. Runs 24 hours a day. It is important to check the Ferry website and timetables for appropriate planning. Wait times in the summer...More

1  Thank pearx4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We started our vacation by taking route 460 stopping at a train museum in Crewe then a great ride on the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry to Jamestown. My parents and sister had never been on a ferry and they loved it. More things checked off their bucket...More

Thank LMiller65
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

Great way to get across river. It’s very convenient and seems well run. Runs every half hour with was nice

Thank dcsaltz
Reviewed August 9, 2018

This free 20 minute ferry ride across the York River from Williamsburg to Surry (and return) is a very pleasant and relaxing trip. Enjoy the vista of the shoreline and watch the Osprey dive for their meal. The ferry is large enough to provide a...More

1  Thank PaulSuzanneTravel
Reviewed August 7, 2018

If you are heading from Williamsburg/Jamestown/Yorktown, and heading South, take the Jamestown-Scotland ferry. Might have to wait about 10 minutes for the ferry, but the 20 minute ride across the James is a pleasant relaxation, and it's free.

Thank WDG1108
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

If we are feeling rushed we always pick a restaurant across the Jame. The ride on the ferry is so relaxing aned very senic. The crew works hard to keep the ferry running effiently and on schedule. A great ride for the kids too.

Thank ppark0927
Reviewed July 27, 2018

Fun day trip to Surry. Short wait for boat. Courteous workers. Fun for the whole family. Eat at Surry Seafood. enjoy a trip to Chippokes State Park

1  Thank Fritz B
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Kids love climbing up to the visitors room. A higher up view as you climb. Although standing and looking out over the side of the ferry is neat too. As is the experience of driving on board a ship. This add to the adventure of...More

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Shirley S
May 12, 2018|
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Response from FLworldwanderer | Reviewed this property |
Depends on which direction you are driving, and what side of the river you are on. If you are in Jamestown, then find Route 31 (Jamestown Road) and drive south to the James River. Look for posted signs. If you are in... More
November 8, 2017|
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Response from Cathy K | Reviewed this property |
On the Jamestown side, you can see the ships in dock at Jamestown. On the trip across the river, you can see Eagles, Osprey, ships, tug boats, and barges. You may also see boaters and water skiers in the summer. On the Surry... More
Shirley S
January 18, 2017|
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Response from Cathy K | Reviewed this property |
The ferry runs 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. There is a ferry every 20 minutes in the morning rush hours. They may reduce to 2 ferries crossing during the daytime, then 3 at afternoon rush hour. depends on the time of... More