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 no longer 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.
  • Daily shuttle service is available in Cape May through Labor Day weekend. 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 and the Lewes Coffee Company are open seven days a week. In Cape May, the terminal is open, as is On the Rocks, which we're happy to announce is now under the management of Exit Zero Hospitality

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, and the Lido Bars are open for the summer (weather permitting) on the third deck of the vessel.

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 and Lido Bars (weather permitting) 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.  

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

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

Is Shuttle Service Available?

In Cape May, daily shuttle service is available through Labor Day weekend.

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