How to Travel on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry

by braniac

Whether you are traveling the Garden State Parkway from the New York City area or coming from North Carolina and the Virginia Beach area, taking the Cape May-Lewes Ferry is a time saving, restful part of the trip. Coming from the south if you take Route 13 up from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Lewes Delaware there are so many interesting little places to stop along the way and it is much more interesting than driving on hectic I-95! Coming from the north taking the Garden State Parkway all the way down to Cape May is a nice trip with some fun places to stop instead of zooming along the New Jersey Turnpike. The best part of this route is the trip on the Cape May - Lewes Ferry! Here are some tips to make your trip a little easier.

For the busy travel season you should make a reservation to guarantee your space. Estimate your arrival time at the ferry terminal. If you are not sure then use a later time because if you are late or a no show there is a $5 penalty fee.

If you are in the car call 1-800-643-3779 on your cell phone for your reservation. You need a credit card number to reserve a spot on the ferry. If you are able to use your computer they will give you a $2 discount for making your reservation online.

Reservation customers are required to check in 1/2 hour prior to sailing. The terminals have snack bars and lots of information if you are early. You can park your car in the line for the ferry and enjoy the terminal. THE TRIP TAKES 80 MINUTES ONE WAY and lets you relax and save time!


  • check Peak travel time is Memorial Day until Labor day (fares are higher)
  • check Children 6 years old and younger are FREE!
  • check You are allowed to take your pets too!


  • close If its a windy day be prepared for some rocking and rolling!

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