Visiting Key West via the Key West Ferry

By Susan Finch

Discovering new experiences is part of the thrill of going on a vacation and getting to your destination should be part of the fun. The Key West ferry delivers on both with an inspired ride from Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island and Naples, Florida. Hop on the Key West Express’ jet-powered catamaran to the Southernmost Point of the United States. 

The Key West Express ferry boat from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island, Florida to Key West with daily departures year-round.
Visiting Key West via the Key West Ferry. Departures from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
Photo courtesy Key West Express

The Key West Express ferry travels a smooth 40mph over the Gulf for a sun-drenched ride on the exterior sun decks or a cool and comfortable air-conditioned ride inside. Seating options on the ferry include couches and reclining airline-style chairs with several flat-screen TVs to keep passengers entertained during the 3 ½ hour trip. And in case you want to get the party started before you get to Duval Street in Key West, you can sip on beverages from the full-service bar or order up a snack. Once you dock in Key West, spend the day exploring Duval Street, head to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, see the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, or try one of the many bars and restaurants. 

The Key West Ferry Departs From Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island

Conveniently departing from both Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island, the Key West Express ferry offers daily service with boarding times beginning at 7 a.m. and departing at 8 a.m. The Marco Island location offers seasonal travel, while Fort Myers Beach provides year-round ferry service. Return trip service begins boarding at 4 p.m.  (with a 5 p.m. departure) for Marco Island and 5 p.m. (with a 6 p.m. departure) to Fort Myers Beach. During the off-season, there is a reduced sailing schedule for Fort Myers Beach. Explore for the day or book a hotel and extend your trip–your ticket is roundtrip, but you are not required to return the same day

Visiting Key West via the Key West Ferry. Departures from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
Photo courtesy Key West Express
Visiting Key West via the Key West Ferry. Departures from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com
Photo courtesy Key West Express

Key West Ferry Baggage Rules and Booking Information

Guests are allowed two carry-on size pieces of luggage, and the ferry management advises if you can bring it on an airplane, then you can carry it on the ferry boat. 

Reserving your ticket for the Key West ferry is both easy and convenient with booking available online and by calling 888-887-9359. It’s a good idea to check the Key West Express website for the ferry schedule, boarding times, as well as any delays due to any weather and sea conditions. 

$5.00 Off Coupon for the Key West Express Ferry

Save on your Key West Express fare with these coupons from Must Do Visitor Guides!

Click here for a Fort Myers Beach Coupon.

Click here for a Marco Island Coupon.

Cruising across the Gulf is a wonderful way to see more of Florida’s expansive coastline and enjoy stress-free transportation. If you’re thinking about or planning to visit Key West, consider leaving the driving to someone else and take the ferry, you’ll definitely enjoy the adventure of getting there!

Take the ferry to Key West! Key West Express from Fort Myers Beach and Marco Island, Florida. Must Do Visitor Guides | MustDo.com

Written by: Susan Finch

Susan Finch is a travel writer and content marketer for the tourism industry who spends her time obsessing over the latest travel trends, wrangling her small kids, and planning her family's next big adventure.

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