Cruising across the Delaware Bay aboard the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

COVID-19 Travel FAQs

COVID-19 Ferry Travel FAQs

There are plenty of questions about the ins and outs of Ferry travel during COVID-19. Here, we've compiled answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions. 

Are Reservations Really Required?

Yes! Reservations are required. This is for your safety as well as the safety of our team; our goal is to minimize the exchange of materials during the check-in process at the toll booth, and the more you can do in advance, the better for all involved.

Are Masks Required?

On the Vessels

No, masks are not required on the exterior decks of the vessel.

Per US Coast Guard regulations, yes, masks are still required indoors aboard the vessels. The Ferry is considered a method of public transportation, and as such, per CDC guidelines and USCG regulations, masks are required when in indoor areas. 

Are Foot Passengers Allowed?

Yes! Foot passengers are welcome aboard. 

Capacity restrictions have been removed, but reservations are still required so please make sure to make a reservation before arriving. Please note the following:

  • Due to social distancing requirements, indoor seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Shuttle service is not currently available in Cape May (shuttles run seasonally from late-May through early-October). In Lewes, the DART Route 204 bus picks up and drops off in front of the terminal every 1/2 hr from 6:30am - 9:00pm. 

Important Information for Foot Passengers

Can I Bring My Bicycle Aboard?

Yes! Bicycle passengers are welcome aboard. 

Pump up the tires, grab your helmet and get ready to pedal aboard, bicycle travel is back. Reservations are required, so please make sure to book in advance. 

Bicycle Travel Information

Is Your Courtesy Vehicle Drive-On Service Available?

No. While we normally provide a courtesy drive-on service for those in need of it, due to COVID safety protocols, we cannot provide this service at this time.

What's Open?

At the Terminal
Both terminals are open and we welcome you to come on inside. Speaking of restaurants, in Lewes, Grain on the Rocks is serving lunch and dinner Thursday - Monday, and the Lewes Coffee Company is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. In Cape May, the terminal is open, with Cafe 64 open from 6am - 6pm daily serving grab and go items and offering merchandise. On the Rocks is closed for the season. 

Or, while you're waiting to depart, you're welcome to simply get out of your vehicle to stretch or walk around a bit.

On the Vessel
The interior seating area, restrooms, and exterior decks are all open and accessible during the crossing.  Additionally, the galley is open serving grab-n-go food and beverage options. With winter here, the Lido Bars have closed for the season, but we're looking forward to their re-opening on the third deck of the vessel when summer weather returns!

Please note the following precautions:

  • Per US Coast Guard regulations, masks are required in indoor areas aboard the vessels
  • A minimum of 6' of social distance is required between you and anyone not in your household
  • Directional signage will be in place to help coordinate the flow of traffic on board. Starboard (righthand side as you look forward to the bow) stairwells will be designated as UP, Port (lefthand side as you look forward to the bow) stairwells will be designated as DOWN. Please follow these directions as they are for the safety of all aboard,  


Is There Food & Beverage Available?

Aboard the vessels, the indoor grab and go areas are serving drinks, snacks and lighter fare. Indoor seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cash and credit card payments are accepted.  The Lido Bars have closed for the season and will re-open late spring of 2022. 

In Lewes, Grain On the Rocks, operated by Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, is open for lunch & dinner, Thursday - Monday, year-round. Learn more about Grain On the Rocks here, or visit their website.  

Cafe 64 at the Cape May terminal is open 7 days/week and under the management of Exit Zero Hospitality. On the Rocks is closed for the season. 

Is Shuttle Service Available?

In Cape May, there is currently no shuttle service available. Shuttles operate seasonally, typically from late-May through early-October. 

In Lewes, there is a DART stop located right in front of the terminal, which you can use to access downtown Lewes, Tanger Outlets, and Rehoboth Beach. For more information on the DART routes and schedules, please visit their website and reference Route 204