Schedules & Fares
Book Cape May - Lewes Ferry Travel
Fares (November - March)
|Passenger Fares||One Way||Round Trip*||Peak***|
|Child (Under 6)||FREE||FREE||FREE|
|Vehicle** Fares||One Way||Round Trip*||Peak***|
|Car, SUV, Pickup (any vehicle under 20')||$28||$51||N/A|
|Long Vehicle Information||Click Here||Click Here||Click Here|
|Bicycles||Click Here||Click Here||Click Here|
To purchase a Frequent Traveler Book (6- and 12-packs), click here or call 800.643.3779.
PLEASE NOTE: A $1.00 per trip fuel surcharge will be applied to all vehicle fares (no separate fuel surcharge for passengers). This is not a permanent increase, and will be assessed on a month-to-month basis.
Why is there a fuel surcharge? In February 2009, the Board of Commissioners of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), who govern the operations of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry (CMLF) approved a fuel surcharge for passage on the ferry. The fuel surcharge becomes effective when the price the Authority pays for marine diesel fuel rises faster than the 8-year trend in fuel price per gallon.
For information about the fuel surcharge and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
To read the official Delaware River and Bay Authority press release, click here.
* Round-trip fares must be purchased with initial sailing
**Vehicle Fares include the vehicle and driver. For the cost of additional passengers, please reference the passenger fare chart above or view more information on this page. View Additional vehicle information, long vehicle information (RVs, commercial, etc) and fares on the vehicle information page.
*** Peak fares are in effect each way on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Reservations: Reservations are always recommended to secure space aboard the vessel especially during the summer, summer weekends and holidays when vessels are frequently sold out. All booked vehicles are asked to check in at least 45 minutes - 1 hour prior to boarding. If not checked in, space may be allocated upon boarding to stand-by vehicles so the boat may depart on schedule. This is important throughout the year, but most critical during the highest traffic days between Memorial and Labor Day, on holiday weekends, and during special events such as NASCAR in Dover, Delaware, or Ocean City BIke Week in Maryland.
To Reserve: Passengers may reserve by two methods - booking online via CMLF.com, or by calling the Customer Service Center during normal business hours 7 days a week. Please note that winter business hours of 8am - 4pm are in effect as of 10/21/18. To reserve, you will need to know the length of your vehicle unless it is a standard car, truck or van, the number of passengers in addition to but not including the driver, and your credit card number. You will also be asked for an email and mobile phone number so we can contact you should your booking change before the anticipated departure.
Shuttles: Shuttles are available seasonally in both Cape May and Lewes. For more information, visit our Getting Here & Getting Around page.
Check-in Times: Check-in begins 1 hour prior to departure. Reservation may be forfeited if check-in is not completed 30 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. This is to secure the space on the boat and to allow time for required security procedures and staging of vehicles on the lot. Please note that all vehicles are subject to inspection and drivers will likely to be asked to pop trunks before boarding.
Trip Length: Each one way crossing takes approximately 85 minutes. For easy math, add 1.5 hours on to your departure time to get your anticipated arrival on the other side, e.g. a 10:30AM departure is anticipated to arrive at noon. A roundtrip voyage is approximately 3 hours.
Charges and Cancellation Fees: Credit cards are charged at time of booking. Bookings may always be rescheduled at no charge, but if cancelled, a non-refundable cancellation fee will be imposed of $5 per one-way, and $10 per roundtrip booking.
Ticket Expirations: Fares paid on an unused reservation may be applied to a future trip with some restrictions. Ferry tickets are valid for two years from date of purchase. Tickets purchased as part of a promotional package may have different expiration dates.
Group Bookings: All bus tours, group tours including motorcycle groups, and walk-on groups require reservations and likely qualify for group discounts. For instance, 13 motorcycles carrying 26 people are considered a group. A group is generally defined as any party of people of 25 or more, with some exceptions if prior arrangements are made. Please call 1.800.643.3779 to inquire about special group rates and to make a reservation.
Required Travel Identification: A government-issued photo ID is required for all drivers and foot passengers over age 14. Foreign travelers must present a valid passport or international driver's license.
Age Restrictions: Children under age 14 must be accompanied by a full fare adult.
Alcohol Restrictions: Due to state alcohol restrictions both in Delaware and New Jersey, carry on, opened alcholic beverages are prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are sold on each vessel and in each terminal, but beverages purchased in the terminals must be discarded before boarding, as beverages purchased on board must be discarded before disembarking. Unopened beverages in vehicle trunks or storage areas are allowed, but must be kept stored during the voyage.
Tobacco Restrictions: As of January 1st, 2017, the Ferry is a completely tobacco free campus. No smoking or other forms of tobacco are allowed anywhere on the vessel or in and around the terminals, including in the outside bars or restaurants. This includes vaping as well as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco or any form of smoke-related product. Please smoke before you arrive or after you leave the DRBA campus.
Pets: Pets are permitted on the ferry, but must stay on outside decks or in vehicles. If accompanying a passenger on deck, pets are not allowed inside the cabin near food area. If a passenger needs to use a restroom or wants to access the food court, please see a crew member for assistance. Pets must be sociable when on passenger decks, and remain on a leash, or in an appropriate carrier, or the owner will be asked to return the pet to the vehicle. If pets remain in vehicles on the car deck, the driver must open the windows for air.
Additional Fees: The DRBA reserves the right to change fares. The prevailing rate applies unless, on rare occasions, upon check-in, circumstances result in an increase over fares published at the time of booking. For instance, if you book one way during off-peak and a return during peak, each fare will be billed at the appropriate published rate. When applicable, a fuel surcharge may be in effect.
Additional Terms & Conditions
Please review additional terms & conditions here before boarding or purchasing a ticket.