Put-in-Bay Ferries are the main mode of transportation to get visitors to and from the island. Ferry service operates year round, stopping only when Lake Erie and the Bass Islands ice over in the winter and they can not safely run.
The Jet Express Ferries to Put-in-bay
Get more bang for your vacation dollar when you ride the Jet-Express from Sandusky Ohio or Port Clinton Ohio. With every paid ticket, Jet-Express Passengers receive a value packed coupon sheet with savings at many of Put-in-Bay’s favorite destinations.
Discounts include golf carts, water sports, mopeds, Kids eat free in many restaurants, discounts on attractions and much much more all over Putinbay!
Be sure to request your money saving coupons when you purchase your Jet Express ticket or you may now purchase Jet Express tickets on-line so place your order today!! When you get to the island, remember to call for a Put-in-Bay taxi to get you around.
Ferry service to Put in Bay Ohio… where the Jet Express Ferry ride can be half the fun of getting to South Bass Island Put-in-Bay. Relax and ride while enjoying a narrated tour of the history of the island.
All-aluminum ocean-approved catamarans, the Jet Express are built in the USA. Traveling at speeds in excess of 40 mph the catamarans are among the fastest ferries in the world, yet the sleek twin hull design glides through all weather conditions with unmatched smoothness. Triple deck design provides beautiful viewing from an open air observation deck or from two stylishly appointed passenger lounges with tinted windows, carpeted decks and cushioned seats.
Providing Early Morning/Late Night Service to downtown Put-in-Bay, board the Jet Express for the most convenient and most comfortable transportation to the island. The Jet also goes from Put-in-Bay to Kelleys Island in the summer!
The Miller Ferry – Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay
The inexpensive option to visit the island! The Miller Ferry provides the only scheduled passenger and vehicle ferry service to Middle Bass Island. You can either walk on or bring your car, truck, trailer, or bike. Vehicle reservations are recommended and are taken up to two weeks in advance, Call 800-500-2421 to inquire. Passengers do not need to reserve and tickets are available for walk-ons. Bicycles and car-trailers require an extra fare. Don’t forget to make your Put-in-Bay Lodging reservation!
During the half hour trip to Middle Bass Island, passengers can enjoy views of the local surrounding Lake Erie islands including Rattlesnake, Green Island, and the unique Put-in-Bay ship home, fashioned from the bow of a former Great Lakes freighter (Benson Ford House). Rent one of our Put-in-Bay Golf Carts on arrival and see the whole island!
The official ferry schedule begins in mid-March and usually ends in late November, but the ferry runs as long as weather permits to service the local residents. When the ferry stops in the winter, locals use the services of airplanes to get back and forth to the mainland. To find schedules, fares, and maps please go to www.millerferry.com and get informed. The Miller also services Middle Bass Island on a limited schedule!
And don’t forget to Book Your Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Online before you arrive!
Kelleys Island Ferry – Marblehead to Kelleys Island
After vacationing at Put-in-Bay, you might consider a day trip to another local island. The Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line offers year-round vehicle and passenger service from Marblehead to Kelleys Island, Ohio. The ferry boat accepts automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, walk-on passengers, and pets. It can can also accommodate tour buses, RVs, trucks, and tractor trailers with reservations. For schedule and fare information, visit the Kelleys Island Ferry.
Kelleys Island Ferry offers the only daily auto ferry service to Kelleys Island, while the Jet Express also provides passenger-only service. The one-way trip is just a short 20 minute boat ride from Marblehead Ohio over to the island. Offering picturesque views of the Marblehead Lighthouse, Put-in-Bay, Cedar Point and the Lake Erie Islands along the way, the Kelleys Island Ferry is a Lake Erie attraction upon itself.
Ferries are scheduled at least every hour, weather permitting, with additional service at peak times and holiday weekends. The daily schedule makes it easy getting to and from Kelleys Island at your covnenience. The ferry boat fleet is family owned & operated. The slow ride allows you to sit back and relax in one of the spacious travel areas of the ferry, ready for a fun filled day in front of you.
Kelleys Island is located in the western basin of Lake Erie. It is about 4 miles north of Marblehead and 12 miles west from Sandusky on the Ohio mainland. The entire island measures only four square miles and is the largest American island in Lake Erie. Kelleys Island is just a short drive from major cities making it seem right next door. Yet the Canadian Border lies only a few miles north of the island! The Glacial Grooves are the most popular natural destination on Kelleys Island. These grooves are the largest and best accessible example of this geological phenomenon anywhere in the world!