Via Cross-Bay Ferry Facebook
The Cross-Bay Ferry really wants to increase boat ridership during the middle of the week.
Yesterday, HMS Ferries announced that the company is now offering some new deals, including a new buy-one-get-one promotion and kids ride free starting this month.
From Wednesday to Thursday during January and February, riders who buy one ticket will get one ticket free, kids 12 and under also ride free with an adult. Both promotions exclude days of Tampa Bay Lightning home games (Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23).
Adult tickets start at $12 and discounted tickets for seniors, college students and active or retired military are also available.
In Tampa, the ferry departs from the dock at the Tampa Convention Center, and in St. Petersburg you can find it at the dock at North Straub Park, near the Vinoy Basin.
To redeem the BOGO offer, customers must use the promo code “CROSSBAYWEEKDAY” when purchasing their tickets online or in person. To redeem the kids ride free promotion, customers must enter the promo code “KIDSRIDEFREE23” when purchasing their tickets online or in person. All children must have their own ticket and be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets are available for purchase online
at or at dockside ticket booths in Tampa and St. Petersburg.
The promotions were put in place to better serve customer demand during the mid-week, in addition to helping the ferry’s Community Partnership Program which launched in December. The program enables local businesses to post their logo and a special offer on the Cross-Bay Ferry website to entice ferry riders to visit their locations. Riders redeem offers by showing proof of purchase of a ferry ticket.
“The partners that have joined since the program’s launch confirm the Cross-Bay Ferry’s role as an economic driver and as a reliable regional travel option for reaching the area’s most popular restaurants, museums, events, and shopping destinations in Tampa and St. Petersburg. It’s a win-win for both Tampa Bay businesses and ferry riders.” HMS Ferries President Matt Miller wrote in a press release.
The Cross-Bay Ferry was designed to provide an alternative transit connection for residents and tourists to visit their favorite destinations around the Bay.
Last year, the ferry received an astounding $4.9 million grant to help expand the ferry service and create more local jobs. The grant was meant to help acquire a 350-passenger boat. In 2021, the local government authorized a new four-year agreement with HMS Ferries and South Swell Development to continue the ferry services, which will expand to a year-round service in 2024.