Catch the Ferry from Ceiba to Culebra or Vieques

For as long as we can remember, the ferries that service Culebra and Vieques have operated out the ferry terminal in Fajardo. But starting October 2018, all ferries will be operating out of the new ferry terminal in Ceiba. There is also a contract with Puerto Rico Fast Ferries, who will operate their ships. These faster, modern ferries, coupled with the shorter route between Ceiba and Culebra/Vieques, will reduce the travel time needed to make the crossing.

All ferry operations have now been moved from the old ferry terminal in Fajardo to the new ferry terminal in Ceiba. There are still many bumps in the road, and schedules and the availability of ferries changes almost on a daily basis. This article covers what we know so far. We’ll update it as more information is made available.

Ceiba Ferry

The Ferries

The new ferries will be operated by Puerto Rico Fast Ferries, LLC, under contract to the Puerto Rico Maritime Transportation Authority (MTA). Puerto Rico Fast Ferries will operate two passenger ferries: the Schoodic Explorer, with capacity for 149 passengers, and the Big Cat, with capacity for 377 passengers(however the Coast Guard has only approved about half of that capacity). Additionally, there will be two cargo ferries: Mr. Evan, with capacity for 77 passengers and 16 vehicles, and Mr. Cade, with capacity for 68 passengers and 16 vehicles. The passenger ferries are already here in Puerto Rico, and are running. The cargo ferries are awaiting changes to facilities before they can run, so the cargo ferries of the PR ATM will be in use until that time. Note- there are fewer seats available for passengers than we had with the ATM run ferries, so there may not be room for everyone that wants to use them.

The PR ATM will still be in charge of the operations (ticket sales, schedules etc). They may also be using their boats when needed. .

Ceiba Ferry

The Ferry Terminal

The terminal building and parking lot are located on Marina Drive in the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base.

Ticket windows are located on the outside wall, waiting room for 400 people, restrooms and a concession stand for snacks/drinks are inside.

Passenger Ferry Schedule

The passenger ferry for Ceiba (as published by DTOP on Jan 9, 2019) is …

  • Ceiba to Culebra
    (7 days a week) 6:00am • 10:30am • 3:00pm
  • Culebra to Ceiba
    (7 days a week) 7:15am • 12noon • 4:45 pm
  • Ceiba to Vieques (Isabel Segunda)
    (7 days/week) 6:30am • 9:30am • 2:15pm • 4:30pm
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (7 days /week) 7:45am • 10:45am • 3:30pm • 5:30pm

The cargo ferries current schedule (may change!). Passengers are allowed on these trips:

  • Ceiba to Culebra
    (7 days/week & holidays) 4:00 am • 9:00am • 3:00pm • 7:00pm
  • Culebra to Ceiba
    (7 days/week) 6:30am • 1:00pm, 5:00pm • 8:30pm
  • Ceiba to Vieques
    (7 days a week) 4:00am • 9:00am • 1:00pm• 4:45pm • 8:15pm
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (7 Days/week) 6:00am (6:30am S/S/Holiday) • 11:00am • 3:00pm • 6:30pm, • 9:30pm

Check our cargo ferry articles for other info about the the cargo ferry.

The crossing with the new PRFF ferries from Ceiba to Culebra should take about 45 minutes on the passenger ferries, while the crossing from Ceiba to Vieques should take about 30 minutes on the new passenger ferry. The ATM cargo ferries will take a little longer- about 45 mins to Vieques and about 1.5 hrs for Culebra. For now, the Vieques route will be to Isabel Segunda/Town pier (some time in the future, they will be using the Mosquito Pier) and Dewey in Culebra.

Can I Take My Rental Car to Culebra or Vieques?

The short answer is “No”.

There are two types of ferries that run between Ceiba/Culebra and Ceiba/Vieques — passenger ferries and cargo ferries. The passenger ferries carry passengers only — no cars. The cargo ferries carry both passengers and cargo (including cars). But, before you get all excited and think that you are going to save a couple bucks by taking your rental car over to Culebra or Vieques — think again. The cargo ferries are not intended for tourists. There is limited room that locals need for transportation and supplies. They do not provide reliable tourist transport and most car rental contracts prohibit taking rental cars off of the island of Puerto Rico.

Buying Tickets for a Passenger

For now, ticket prices are the same for everyone (locals and tourists)

A one-way ticket to Culebra costs $2.50 per person. A one-way ticket to Vieques costs $2.00 per person. . Kids 3-11 years old and seniors 60-74 years old cost $1.00 per person, seniors 75 years and older are free.

Ticket sales are still being handled by the PR MTA. Purchasing tickets will still have to be done, in person, at the ferry terminal ticket window. We have not heard any plans for online ticket sales. Ticket window opens 1 hr before each scheduled trip.

For more info on routes and times and other ferry related things, call 787-497-7740 .

Ceiba Ferry

Directions to the Ceiba Ferry Terminal from the San Juan Area

The Ceiba ferry Terminal, as well as the Ceiba Airport, is located in the old Roosevelt Roads Naval Base in Ceiba. If you already know where the Ceiba Airport is, then finding the Ceiba Ferry Terminal will be easy for you.

Drive-time from the San Juan (SJU) Airport to the Ceiba Ferry Terminal is about 75-90 minutes.

If traveling to the ferry terminal from the San Juan area, you’ll want to take Route 26 east to Route 66 east to Route 3 east (toward Fajardo). Route 66 ends on Route 3 in Río Grande, so you’re taking Route 66 to the end. Note that Route 66 is a toll road, and an AutoExpreso transponder is required for the tolls.

Continue east on Route 3 toward Fajardo. Once in the Fajardo area, Route 3 becomes Route 53. Once you’re on Route 53, you’ll want to take Exit 2 at KM 1.4 (which is before the first toll booth). This is the exit for the Puerto del Rey Marina and the Ceiba Airport. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left under Route 53, then continue straight. This will put you back on Route 3 heading south. Then, really all you need to do is follow the signs for the Puerto del Rey Marina and the Ceiba Airport. Continue on Route 3 past the Puerto del Rey Marina on your left.

You’ll continue on Route 3 to KM 52.4, where you’ll turn left onto Tarawa Drive. Landmarks here include a solar farm on the right, and the “Bienvenidos Ceiba” sign in the photo above. Continue straight on Tarawa Drive until you arrive at the guardhouse at the entrance to the naval base. If there is a guard, just tell them that you are going to the ferry.

Once through the gate, follow the brown “Ferry” signs — At the first V, you’ll go left onto Forrestal Drive. At the second V, you’ll follow the road as it curves to the left. At the third V, go right. Then, finally, turn left onto Marina Drive. Continue on Marina Drive until you come to the parking area and blue DTOP ATM building on your right.

There is a large parking lot next to the ferry terminal, it costs $5 plus IVU per day.

Ceiba Ferry

Other Info

You can bring coolers, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, snorkel gear, etc. with you. The coolers and large things will be stored away from the seating areas — usually outside and/or in the front or the back of the boat — the crew will tell you where to put the items, and you have to go pick it up on the way off the ferry. There is a charge if you have extra stuff, just a buck or two each – supposedly only “one bag” per person allowed. Tell them what you are bringing at the ticket window, or you will have to run back and pay the additional fee before they allow you on the ferry. Animals are allowed on the ferry if they are in a crate or cage and you have paid the fee for them. Bikes are only allowed on the cargo ferry.

The trip over can be a little rough. Sea sickness bags are available on-board. If you are prone to motion sickness, take sea sickness medicine at least one hour before boarding the ferry so that is ready to work when you need it. Sometimes the seas are flat, and sometimes they’re not. I find the westbound trip back from Culebra/Vieques to be less rough than the eastbound trip to the islands.

You can refer to the Departamento de Transportación y Obras Públicas Facebook page for more information or to get answers to your questions (they do respond to messages sent through there).

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No, must go back to Ceiba to catch another one to the other island.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Feb 2019

Is there any ferry i can take if i want to go to Culebra from Vieques??

Comment by boyun li on 19 Feb 2019

At this moment, the cargo ferry is messed up. So things might be tough. But I would try going on the 9:30a. For 1 night, it is cheaper to rent a car! Yes , the easiest/fastest way (RT 66) is a toll road, but you can go on local roads (rt 3) for free. For the toll road you need a pass.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Feb 2019

Yes, there is parking at the ferry dock. $5/d plus tax.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Feb 2019

The ferry and the airport at Ceiba are about 2 miles apart...probably more since you have to go all the way around the airport to get in. You can't reasonably walk. There should be a taxi available and you could try to call an Uber. Not sure if they are in that area.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Feb 2019

My sister and i are going to PR in April and are staying on main island, but want to go to Vieques for at least a night. Does the Ceiba port offer overnight parking?

Comment by Gaby n on 17 Feb 2019

How far is the airport from the ferry place in ceiba. We are gonna fly over from ceiba but take ferry back. Is it possible to take an uber between places or walk

Comment by Jodu on 17 Feb 2019

My husband and I and another couple are coming to Puerto Rico on February 19th, staying in Condado for one night, and taking the ferry to Vieques on February 20th for four days. Will we have any problem getting on the 9:30 am ferry or should we just plan on the 2:15 ferry? Also, would you recommend getting a one way car rental from Avis and driving ourselves to the ferry or just taking a cab? Is it a toll road? If so, do we need a toll pass or can we pay cash? Thank you

Comment by Marina Brand on 14 Feb 2019

Technically there is, but it is via shared vans that have no set schedule. They come and go when they are full, and you have to pay based of how many people are on etc. You would have to get to the Rio Piedras terminal and then find the correct route. Could take half the day.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Feb 2019

Are there any public transportation from San Juan to the ferry terminal? I don’t drive so I was wondering if taxis/ubers are the only options I have

Comment by Yujin Seol on 12 Feb 2019

it should....barring problems, weather etc. They say arrive 1 hr ahead of time.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Feb 2019

We want to take the ferry from Ceiba to Vieques on Feb 5 and need to arrive by 5. Does the passenger ferry still depart at 2:30? How early do I need to get to the terminal?

Comment by Craig on 02 Feb 2019

1 hr before...so 5am.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Jan 2019

Hola, planeo viajar a culebra el sabado 1 de febrero. Me gustaria embarcar en el primer ferry de las 6 am. Que hora recomiendan que debo estar ahi para conseguir tickets?

Comment by Madgalena on 30 Jan 2019

Stephen, I was able to purchase a round trip ticket. You gotta know which ferry you want to take bag. I don't think the seat is guaranteed but it beats waiting in line again.

Comment by Motty on 28 Jan 2019

There is NEVER a guarantee. But as long as there is a ferry running on usual schedule (not down a ferry) and weather is ok...you should have a seat. Sometimes they will sell tickets ahead of time...in person at the dock, or if you get lucky on the phone..... but that is not guaranteed either!

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Jan 2019

Is it possible to purchase ferry tickets from Ceiba-Vieques and return Vieques-Ceiba in advance, or online? If i have a ticket for a specific ferry am i guaranteed a place?

Comment by Stephen Terr on 27 Jan 2019

I am not sure. But the mid morning ferry to the islands is busy and the 5-6 pm is busy back to PR due to day trippers. It is only residents of the small islands that get preferential treatment. They use the am ferry to the mainland and the late afternoon ferry back to the little islands. Super early, super late or Mid day are probably the easiest times to get tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Jan 2019

I have heard that it is hard to get a ticket for non-resident of PR. So I am planning to avoid the peak time of residents. Which day is less crowded, Saturday or Sunday?

Comment by Jack on 25 Jan 2019

At this moment, it is all up in the air. But you are only allowed to buy 10 tickets at a time anyway. You have to buy it for the time of the ferry you want. Some people say they sometimes will sell tickets ahead of time, some people say no, only day of. Seems to depend on who is at the ticket window, or if you are super lucky and actually get a person to answer the phone.

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Jan 2019

Hi, when you buy tickets are you buying specifically for a certain ferry time? I am trying to get a group of 12 on a 10:30 am ferry in April during Holy week...and do I have to buy that day or can I buy (in person) earlier?

Comment by Aksh on 22 Jan 2019

one ferry was broken last week, so things got hairy with the holiday. Now it is fixed, so things are better. But, there is never a guarantee! I would try it.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Jan 2019

How has the ferry been recently? I plan on taking 1pm ferry from.ceiba to vieques on Sunday January 27. I plan on getting there an hour early.

Comment by Matt on 19 Jan 2019

nope. You have to take on back to Ceiba and then over to the next island. Or you can see if there is a flight between islands. Not usually, but sometimes they have a charter or mail trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Jan 2019

We are staying in Vieques in April. I had planned to take the ferry to Culebra but it appears that it doesn't make that trip? Are there smaller "ferries" that make the trip from Vieques to Culebra with passengers? Thanks!

Comment by Jenny Williams on 15 Jan 2019

I think yes 99% sure, but I can't 100% guarantee it.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Jan 2019

Hi are there taxis at the ferry terminal that will take you to the airport in Ceiba? We plan on flying to Vieques and taking the ferry back and will have a car parked at the airport for 24 hours. Thank you, Melissa

Comment by Melissa Benidt on 10 Jan 2019

Schedule 7 of Jan, 2019 Embarcación Cayo Largp Ceiba a Culebra 4:00 am Culebra a Ceiba 6:00 am Embarcación Big Cat Ceiba a Culebra 6:00 am Culebra a Ceiba 7:15 am Embarcación Cayo Blanco Ceiba a Culebra 9:00 am Culebra a Ceiba 1:00 pm Embarcación Big Car Ceiba a Culebra 10:30 am Culebra a Ceiba 12:00 mediodía Embarcación Big Cat Ceiba a Culebra 3:00 pm Culebra a Ceiba 4:45 pm Embarcación Cayo Largo Ceiba a Culebra 5:00 pm Culebra a Ceiba 7:00 pm Embarcación Cayo Blanco Ceiba a Culebra 7:00 pm Culebra a Ceiba 8:30 pm Embarcación Cayo Largo Ceiba-Vieques - Culebra 12:00 medianoche and for Vieques:

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Jan 2019

I think there may still be a lot of people going because they are off from school still. But I think you may have a chance. I think they have 4 ferries working again. But I am not sure what will happen tomorrow or what schedule they will follow.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Jan 2019

We want to catch a ferry in Ceiba tomorrow morning (January 7). Do you think we should expect more people than usual because it's the day after the holiday? How likely it is we will get in? Thanks!

Comment by Nicolas on 06 Jan 2019

I believe each person can buy a maximum of 10 tickets....or at least that used to be the rule. Now, I can't guarantee that is still the case. Better bring at least 2 people to make sure you can buy enough.Of course, they may not let you buy much on advance anyway....that is still in question.

Comment by Gwenn on 06 Jan 2019

Can one person buy 12 tickets? We are a large group visiting Culebra and would like to know if one of us can be there in advance to buy the 10:30am ferry tickets or if all of us should be there? Please advise.

Comment by Karen Peters on 05 Jan 2019

It is a nightmare right now- down ferries and lots of people. Schedule is changing daily. Many people left behind.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Jan 2019

Información sobre los tickets de culebra y vieques

Comment by Reinaldo Gonzalez on 03 Jan 2019

At this time, I don't think they are selling advanced tickets. The ticket window opens 1 hr before scheduled trip.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Jan 2019

they are not taking passenger reservations at this time. Even cargo reservations are iffy. May have to go in person.

Comment by Gwenn on 02 Jan 2019

Good luck trying to call no one picks up. Can any help me for reservations to Culebra or guide me in the right directions?

Comment by Manuel A Magalde on 02 Jan 2019

So you cannot buu the tickets in person a day in advance? You can only buy them for the actual day of travel? What are the opening hours of the ticket counter? Thanks

Comment by Jan Steno on 02 Jan 2019

As far as I know, one cargo ferry is still broken, so things are a little messed up. Schedule is not exactly as in article, as they are trying to complete trips short and work out the added volume of people. Residents of the small islands will get preference on tickets, you can only buy them the day of trip. Only way- just go early, stand in line and be flexible.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Jan 2019

El ferry está funcionando? hay taquillas para el 3 de Enero? como las compro? AYUDA!

Comment by karolina on 01 Jan 2019

At the moment, 2 ferries are broken, so schedules are messed up. But by Jan 6th, who knows if things will be fixed. I think mid-day ferries should have availability.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Dec 2018

Saludos! El ferry estara funcionando Enero 1? Y si va a estar corriendo, el horario va a ser el mismo o las salidas seran limitadas? Gracias!

Comment by Jordan on 30 Dec 2018

It is supposed to be running.

Comment by Ray on 29 Dec 2018

There is transportation readily available between the ferry terminal and Playa Flamenco. It costs a couple bucks each way.

Comment by Ray on 29 Dec 2018

You cannot buy ferry tickets online. You must purchase them in-person at the terminal ticket window.

Comment by Ray on 29 Dec 2018

The schedule, subject to change, is posted above in this article.

Comment by Ray on 29 Dec 2018

HOLA ESETO PLANEANDO IR A PUERTO RICO LOS PRIMERO DIAS DE FEB QUISIERA SABER COMO PUEDO HACER O QUE WEBSITE USAR PARA COMPRAR TICKETS DEL FERRY PARA CONOCER LA ISLA CULEBRA

Comment by CLAUDIA on 28 Dec 2018

I’ve been calling the office but no response. So Ceiba has trips to culebra? If so, what are the schedule? Sunday is available? Please help

Comment by David Lopez on 28 Dec 2018

Customer service is awfull, employees are rude, they need to be trained!! Worst experience,

Comment by Kaila Gonez on 27 Dec 2018

I'm traveling to PR for the first time in early January. I have an Airbnb booked for Vieques for Jan 6-8, staying in San Juan the night before. Because the 6th is a holiday weekend (Three Kings Day), should I plan to try for the ferry or not? Do you think it would sell out? It's obviously much cheaper than trying to fly from Isla Verde, but I'm trying to decide if the hassle of renting a car, driving to Ceiba, and dealing with the ferry worth it. I am willing to wait, but want to make sure we'll actually get on - I've read about people waiting for hours and finding out it is sold out. Any thoughts or advice?

Comment by Cori on 27 Dec 2018

Are there taxis in Culebra to take you to the beach? how much do they cost? Thank you.

Comment by Heidi B on 26 Dec 2018

saludos, El ferry estara funcionando, y en que horario el 1 de enero 2019? desde Culebra a Ceiba?

Comment by MYRNA on 26 Dec 2018

If you are a tourist avoid this ferry at all costs. The employees that work at the terminals are very anti tourist. The beach (Flamenco) was beautiful. But the ferry experience both ways was miserable. The employees will lie to you. We tried to buy round trip tickets. We were told no. Return had to be bought on the island. We get to the island and immediately try to buy our return ticket and they had been sold out for hours!! The departure terminal knew this. We had to take the last cargo ferry at 8:30 pm to get off the island. We were told at 4:00, the departure we wanted, we could wait in line and see if there was any ‘no shows’ to fit us on. All the tourists in the same predicament as we were waited in line. In the mean time we noticed anyone who spoke Spanish were allowed to walk up and buy 4:00 tickets, they also let Spanish speakers in by moving barricades. It was ridiculous! We all saw it. I’m not talking 20 or 30 people jumping the lines, but at least 80. When they finally got to our tourist line about 20 people in front of us got in, they got to our party of 5 adults and 1 small (4yo) child and said no we can only take 5 more. We had to wait another 4 hours!! The fairy terminal people are extremely racist toward white English speaking tourists. It was very obvious to all. There is nothing to do during that wait, no taxis to be found at that time and no safe place to sit and wait as the sun goes down.

Comment by Susan Heiner on 23 Dec 2018

Thank you! I was going to ask the same question. Looking to take ferry from Ceiba to Culebra on 12/25. Glad to hear it is going to be operating!

Comment by Jeff Sternstein on 21 Dec 2018

yes, same as usual.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Dec 2018

Are ferry operate on 12/24 and 12/25?

Comment by Bing on 20 Dec 2018

We are not affiliated with the taxis, so this may not be 100% right, but I will tell you what we know should be correct: Yes- there will be taxis there when you arrive. the fare on a taxi is per taxi, same for 1 or 5 people in it. The rate is what is questionable expect at least $80 plus about $10 for bag/night fee and if they take toll roads, another $5 at least. But they will tell you the rate before getting into taxi. http://aeropuertosju.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/tarifario.pdf

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2018

"There will be taxi's waiting ta the taxi stand at the airport." 1. We will arrive at ~3am. Are these taxis 24/7 on Dec25? 2. How much is the fare for 2people from the airport to Ceiba Ferry Terminal? 3. Or will they wait to fill the taxi up to 5 people?

Comment by Summer on 19 Dec 2018

This is just a guess since this is the first big holiday of this new ferry situation. The window opens 1 hr before departure. I would try to get there about 2 hrs ahead. I would think Xmas day would be not too busy. I would try 2 hrs prior (or go for the first ferry of the day- no one wants to wake up that early!). There will be taxi's waiting ta the taxi stand at the airport. Or you can try to pre-book a ride with a service, I know Luquillo Taxi does it. He may be able to buy your ferry tickets, but I don't think so.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2018

There are no advanced ticket sales at this time.

Comment by Gwenn on 19 Dec 2018

Hi Gwenn, You mentioned in the comments that on holidays (this Xmas) the tickets would likely sell out. And you also mentioned that there is no advance or online selling. My question is, how early is it to buy tickets in person at the ferry terminal? #2. We will be landing in SanJuan Int'l Airport, we are a couple (2persons), how can we get a taxi going to Ceiba (the one that will fill-up up to 5 people)? Thanks!

Comment by Summer on 18 Dec 2018

Hello, I would like to buy ferri tickets from Ceiba to Vieques for the 30 of December in advance. Is there any possibility or it only can be purchase in the terminal the same day? Thank you

Comment by Helena Villar Ortega on 18 Dec 2018

Yes, passengers are allowed on the cargo ferry. It costs people $2.50 each.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Dec 2018

From Ceiba to Culebra, can we take the 7:00 pm cargo ferry on 12/21? When should we purchase the ticket latest?

Comment by ina yin on 17 Dec 2018

Avis. They have an office right in Ceiba.

Comment by Gwenn on 16 Dec 2018

I'm wondering if it is possible to get a one way car rental from San Juan to the ferry terminal. Are there any car rental companies that would do this? Thank you

Comment by Hedda Rublin on 16 Dec 2018

The ferry runs decently well, but yes, it may be delayed or have issues. And I assume it will still be the same in Mid-January. But I would risk it. Many people use it. Just have an open mind and realize, you may have to wait. Maybe not, but maybe.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Dec 2018

Hi, We will be visiting Vieques in mid-January. We will arrive Friday, spend the night in San Juan, then depart for Vieques Saturday. We are currently planning on using the ferry Ceiba-Vieques bc my partner is phobic re: small planes (props, puddle jumpers) and I can't convince her to fly - not even for such a short (30 minute) flight. But, confirming what I have read elsewhere, our host (lives in NY but visits Vieques regularly) warned us against using the ferry bc of the recent changes and terminal location change to Ceiba. She said it is not currently reliable and people get stranded for 3-4 hours on a regular basis. Any advice for taking the Ceiba-Vieques ferry on a Saturday to make it as painless as possible? Thank you!

Comment by janet on 15 Dec 2018

Just type in Ceiba Ferry Terminal...it comes up as an option. It is on Marina Drive.

Comment by Gwenn on 13 Dec 2018

What’s is the address to the ceiba ferry? Same as the airport? ( I will need it to call an Uber)....

Comment by Amber Ortiz on 13 Dec 2018

Yes,is that not clear in the article. The Fajardo ferry is closed. The passenger ferry is faster, but passengers can also go on the cargo ferry. So if you miss the 3pm passenger, take the next cargo ferry. Or, to avoid a lot of wasted time, check to see about flights out of Isla Grand airport.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Dec 2018

Just to confirm, so the ferry terminal in Fajardo is out of service and we can only use the on i Ceiba? We come from San Francisco and decided to go to Vieques island on the same day after we arrived at San Juan airport (SJU) on 12/18th. Our flight arrival time is 1:00pm and the last passenger ferry according to your schedule is 3:00pm. Does that means it is unlikely we can take the ferry to Vieques island on the same day? Is it possible for us to take the cargo ferry (the 4:45 one)? We only have 2 carry on luggages.

Comment by Xiaoyu on 11 Dec 2018

At this time, I don't believe they are selling advanced tickets. But you could try....

Comment by Gwenn on 08 Dec 2018

Can you purchase the ferry ticket the day before you want to go? Or does it have to be the same day?

Comment by Lili Martinez on 08 Dec 2018

Yes, no problem.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Dec 2018

My friend and I reserved the flight to Vieques but we wanna try the ferry as well. Can we buy the one-way ticket of the ferry from Vieques to Ceiba? Thanks

Comment by Echo on 07 Dec 2018

I don't think they do Veteran discount, but senior rate if 60 years or old is $1.

Comment by Gwenn on 05 Dec 2018

I am a veteran any discount ?

Comment by JOSE APNTE on 04 Dec 2018

Possible but not likely. Without checked bags and with a transportation (private taxi) already made (and maybe with ferry tickets purchased), it is possible. But that depends on no flight delays...from Maine, in winter.....

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Dec 2018

The ferry could sell out during holiday break, but you can choose different times (the really early ferry). Or you can easily take a catamaran/power boat trip to Culebra that includes food/drinks and snorkel gear. East Island, Culebra VIP or Tobias run boats from Fajardo to Culebra. Worry free that way!

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Dec 2018

My husband and I are traveling on Jan.31 from Portland, ME. We get into the airport at 1:21pm. Will we make the 3pm. ferry?

Comment by Peg Newberg on 03 Dec 2018

We planning to go to flamenco beach, culebra fora day,we would be staying in san juan. we would have rental car in san juan. can we get ferry at cieba or do they sell out? especially during christmas break. Whats the best way to get to flamenco back and forth from culebra ferry terminal?

Comment by Siddhartha Sharma on 02 Dec 2018

I don't think they are selling tickets ahead of time right now.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Dec 2018

Hi. Can one buy the ferry ticks ahead of the date. We need to go dic 21 to culebra. Thanks.

Comment by Karim on 01 Dec 2018

Assuming no maintenance or weather issues, they should be working fine. I don't think there will be a lot of people trying for the 7pm cargo.

Comment by Gwenn on 28 Nov 2018

hi we planning to come on January 9th to PR. Our flight arrive 2.15pm, we want to go to Culebra. i know the latest ferry is 3pm. is it hard to get tickets to cargo ferry? in January is a lot of ppl going to Culebra?

Comment by Andzelika on 28 Nov 2018

yes. Happy Day!

Comment by Gwenn on 22 Nov 2018

Gracias Gwenn! I assume both the high speed cats and car ferries are running and if I miss the 3pm Ceiba cat there may still be a later car ferry to take... Happy Thanksgiving! Claus

Comment by Claus Janssen on 22 Nov 2018

Ferries have been ok lately, usually on time'ish (passenger ferry is on time except for if they need gas). They seem to only open ticket window 1 hr ahead, midday- about 1-1.5 hr ahead should be fine.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Nov 2018

Hola Gwenn! I am planning to take the lancha or ferry to both islands next week, Nov27-30. Do you expect the boats to be running more or less on the schedules posted on this website? How early would you recommend arriving at the Ceiba terminal to park a car and buy a ticket for the miday boats? Gracias, Claus

Comment by Claus Janssen on 21 Nov 2018

There is really very little public transportation. If you have limited time and luggage, hiring a driver/taxi service would probably be the best route. About $80 for up to 5 people.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Nov 2018

Not to the airport, but I believe there is a taxi/van that goes to Rio Piedras. You can get a bus from there other places, you would have to check the AMA bus map how you can get there...might be a couple transfers- there are only 2 buses that go near the airport. No luggage allowed and might take a number of hours.

Comment by Gwenn on 15 Nov 2018

How we could get to ferry from airport without car? And what about luggage?

Comment by Inna on 14 Nov 2018

Is there a bus or taxi from the Ceiba ferry to San Juan airport?

Comment by david F on 11 Nov 2018

There are Taxis there. Or you can call an Uber.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Nov 2018

We will be returning from Culebra by ferry to Cieba. We have 5 in our family. Will there be uber drivers or taxis that can drive us back to San Juan form Cieba? Thanks

Comment by Rhonda on 08 Nov 2018

Yes, I believe there is now a publico that will go from Rio Piedras to Ceiba. You can translate this: https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/fijantarifasparatransportepublicodesdeceiba-2450988/?fbclid=IwAR37x23gSBNWznXLzH5Y-u8kyglzWzkzuVZ9Rxe79urVGC0GyGDJJ37TJ5U. Looks like it is $9 The camp grounds are open and ok. I don't think all the food stands are open, but some are.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Nov 2018

Pregunta #!1..From San Juan can I get a van taxi from Rio Piedras (like before Maria) to Cieba ferry terminal? The cheap way! #2...Is Playa Flamingo in Culebra OK for camping after Maria-- cleaned up, w/the food stands, etc.? Gracias...Juddio

Comment by Judd Beck on 07 Nov 2018

Yes, the ferry runs 365 unless there is unsafe weather issues. Same schedules every day including holidays. There is no route between the little islands. You would have to take ferry back to Ceiba and then get on another to Vieques.

Comment by Gwenn on 07 Nov 2018

Hello, Looking to confirm that there is a ferry running from Cieba to Culebra on December 25th (Christmas Day)? It says 7 days a week in the posted schedule but does not mention specifics around holidays. Also hoping to confirm if there is any access to Viesques from Culebra? Or do passengers have to take a boat all the way back to cieba before going between the two islands? Thanks!

Comment by Yolanda on 06 Nov 2018

Just during a port stop? No. Not enough time. Unless you want to fly over from Isla Grande, but it would be an expensive, short visit.

Comment by Gwenn on 03 Nov 2018

Can you please answer 2 questions for me? 1. Is it viable to do a day trip to Culebra from the cruise terminal in San Juan? 2. If you think it is, can you tell me the best way to get to the marina from the cruise terminal, approx cost and the ferry times in the morning? Warm regards

Comment by Lisa on 03 Nov 2018

Right now, it is tough- the path from parking to the dock is gravel, so getting to the ferry will be difficult. Once to the ferry, yes, they are accessible.

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Nov 2018

You will have to call them, or go in person and ask for specifics. I believe they mean they will credit you and just change your ticket to the new times you want (as long as they are available when you go to ticket window).

Comment by Gwenn on 01 Nov 2018

Are the new ferries from Ceiba handicap accessible? My aunt uses a motorized wheelchair and we want to make sure she would be able to use the ferry.

Comment by Lilibeth Martinez on 01 Nov 2018

Hello, a few weeks ago, I asked a local to buy a round trip advanced tickets from mainland to Vieques in December. The local said the new company will honor the old ticket. Is this true? It seems that the new schedule is different. If they do honor the old ticket, but how they deal with the time difference?

Comment by Yifei on 01 Nov 2018

I don't know! The passenger ferry will be reliable but the schedule isn't great for day trips. I assume by then they will have gotten the second cargo ferry working. That trip takes 1.5-2 hrs to get to Culebra....it is long. But it will give you a longer day at the beach. I assume get there 1.5 hrs before scheduled trip. I don't think they are selling advanced tickets.

Comment by Gwenn on 31 Oct 2018

I will be staying in Ceiba from 11/6/18 to 11/8/18 and plan I’m going to Culebra that Wednesday 11/7/18. What are the best times you suggest to travel to and from Culebra and what are the hours to purchase tickets? How early should I go to purchase a ticket? Should I purchase a day before? I will be traveling with my son and mother.

Comment by Eduardo Garcia on 31 Oct 2018

All ferries leave from Ceiba now to go to the out islands. None are in Fajardo anymore. The article has all the information I have at the moment. You have to go to Ceiba and buy tickets at the window. I suggest you buy a round trip ticket...decide what time/date you want to return.

Comment by Gwenn on 30 Oct 2018

Hi, I would like to go to Vieques Nov 1st- can you please let me know if we have to take the ferry/lancha on Fajardo or Vieques? I'm going with 2 more friends and we would like to take the 9am trip! Please advise so we can make the proper arrangements, thanks in advance!

Comment by Natalia on 30 Oct 2018

Currently, there is a cargo ferry (that can take passengers) that runs in the afternoon/evening. They will always have a ferry for people to get over there. I don't know if they will keep the exact schedule they have now, but we will post more once they have figured it out.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Oct 2018

I am coming to PR for a week starting December 29th. Our flight gets in at 2:10pm on a Saturday and we have a ride to Ceiba to catch the ferry to Vieques. Will there be passenger ferries running late afternoon and evening once the tourist season hits? Right now they stop at 3pm.

Comment by meg r. on 27 Oct 2018

right now, ferries are in a transition (moving to new terminal in Ceiba). There is usually one that leaves at 8:15p (cargo ferry). I assume it will be the same.

Comment by Gwenn on 27 Oct 2018

Am A solo Musician, flying in from North Carolina. on Tuesday Night, Oct 30th My first time .to come to Puerto Rico my flight will land at 5:15 pm . and I have to get a car I rented it takes about 90 mins to get to Ceiba ferry, then I have to go to Vieques. is there a Ferry between 8 pm -9 pm to catch over there

Comment by chris mcpeck on 27 Oct 2018

yes. Same price- $5/day. Currently they are not open 24hrs, but hoping they increase their hours next week when cargo ferry moves there.

Comment by Gwenn on 25 Oct 2018

Is there parking for Ceiba ferry terminal ?

Comment by VINAY BHARGAVA on 24 Oct 2018

only via plane. For the ferry you have to go back to main island and get on another ferry.

Comment by Gwenn on 21 Oct 2018

Hi, we plan to travel from Vieques to Culebra. WIll there be a direct line between the two islands?

Comment by Kewen on 20 Oct 2018

At this time, no advances ticket sales. There should not be many lines for the ferries, as it is low tourist season. I would get there about 1.5 hours before sailing, but we will know more on how well the ferries are running once the dust settles on this new operation.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Oct 2018

yes, there will be cargo ferries running out of Ceiba. Exact schedules have not been confirmed, but there will be evening runs.

Comment by Gwenn on 17 Oct 2018

Hi there, I'm looking to go to Vieques and Culebra around Thanksgiving. Is there an easy way to book tickets in advance? If not, how long before departure should I get to the Ceiba terminal? I read that there might be 2-3 hours line in summer and you even risk not to get on the ferry. Thank you, Marco

Comment by Marco on 16 Oct 2018

When the 28th of October comes, will there still be cargo boats that go to Veiques after 3:00 oclock from Ceiba that passengers that get in late from the airport can get on.

Comment by john avila on 16 Oct 2018

no reservations for the passenger ferry. Right now, it is slow, so no lines/no problems. Around the holidays, maybe lines. Return tickets should not be a problem.

Comment by Gwenn on 14 Oct 2018

Me and my friends will be staying in Fajardo and would like to sail to Culebra. Do we need reservations or can we get them that morning. Will there be a chance of getting just a return ticket if we fly over. Thank you

Comment by RANDELL CROUCH on 14 Oct 2018

OK Thank you for the information

Comment by ??? ??? ????? on 14 Oct 2018

you would have to contact the companies that run the ferries directly.

Comment by Gwenn on 12 Oct 2018

In looking for work have experience as a sailor please let me know how do I apply .

Comment by Raymond rojas on 11 Oct 2018

for passenger ferry- no.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Oct 2018

yes, it will be. I am not sure when they will have that parking area completed, it wasn't ready on Sunday when we went.

Comment by Gwenn on 10 Oct 2018

is it ok to leave a rental car in the ceiba ferry parking lot for several days?

Comment by Mark And Janis Martin on 10 Oct 2018

Planning to travel on 10/12/2018,Ceiba-Vieques; are reservations required?

Comment by Lynn Clyde Daniel on 10 Oct 2018

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