Pensacola Bay City Ferry


Pensacola Bay City Ferry tour boats link downtown Pensacola, Pensacola Beach (Quietwater), and the Fort Pickens Area of Gulf Islands National Seashore. HMS Ferries, Inc., operating as Pensacola Bay City Ferry Cruises, a private, nonsubsidized, for-profit company has a concessions contract to operate the National Park Service-owned ferries as a service.

The Mine Storeroom in the Fort Pickens Area is operated by HMS Ferries, Inc. It is located north of Fort Pickens in the plaza near the ferry pier. Visitors can also purchase tickets here.

For the 2024 season, a ferry service round trip to Fort Pickens will be offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. A program led by the National Park Service will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday inside Fort Pickens.

Upon arrival, there are 10 historic structures to tour, exhibits, a park gift store, food in the mine storeroom, and a fee-free fishing pier and swim beach. For a map visit Fort Pickens Area Map (

On March 5, 2019, the National Park Service and HMS Ferries, Inc. signed a 10-year concessions contract for the operation of Pensacola Bay City Ferry.
The Pensacola Bay City Ferry system operates between the City of Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, and Fort Pickens located at the Gulf Islands National Seashore on Santa Rosa Island.
Ride time is approximately 30-40 minutes to each landing location.
Schedules vary throughout the season, visit for today’s schedule.
  • Ticketing, passenger queuing, restrooms, and gateway information is available at three locations.
  • The City of Pensacola tour boat facility is located directly north of the North Basin on Commendencia Slip, the Pensacola Beach ferry site is located at the Pensacola Beach boardwalk at the intersections of Fort Pickens Road and Via De Luna Drive, and the Fort Pickens ferry site is located just north of Fort Pickens at the western end of Fort Pickens Road inside Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Two National Park Service tour boats are operated by Pensacola Bay City Ferry under a concession contract with the National Park Service.
The tour boats are not be able to transport vehicles. Parking will be available at all departure points.
Tour boat tickets will offer “hop-on, hop-off” privileges, allowing passengers to travel in either direction between the service's three endpoints during the day.
Beverages and snacks are sold on the vessels.
Yes, the tour boats are accessible including wheelchair ramps on to the boats and tie-down inside the cabin and on the first deck.
The tour boats were designed with passenger storage space and bike racks. Storage space on the boats is fixed, so the operator may have to more specifically define the size and quantity of items brought on board by passengers.
The tour boat operator is required to have a Weather Preparedness Plan. The plan will cover the preparedness levels for high winds, rain and thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes, and designate specific actions to be taken.
The tour boat operator is authorized to offer "specialty cruises" outside of the regular schedule as approved by the park. Contact the operator to schedule
Unless otherwise agreed to by the park, the tour boat operator must provide a minimum level of service.

Last updated: February 29, 2024

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