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Taking the Cargo Ferry from Ceiba to Culebra or Vieques

Update 7/1/2021 and currently in effect: The cargo ferry system continues to take only residents of Culebra/Vieques. No Tourists vehicles will be allowed on the cargo ferries.

Watch the schedule as it is always changing. Check the daily itinerary at

This article is aimed primarily at residents of Puerto Rico who need to use the cargo ferry to move vehicles and other cargo between the islands of Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques. The information contained here will be most helpful to Puerto Rico residents, and not to the average tourist looking for something fun to do on vacation. This is because the cargo ferries are not dependable and long delays or reservation cancellations are usual.

If you are just looking for a way to get to Culebra or Vieques for the day (or for the start of your vacation over there), stop reading this article and go read our article about the passenger ferry.

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. We’ll update it as more information is made available.

Passengers vs Cargo

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.

Rental cars are not typically taken off of the island of Puerto Rico. Double-check with your rental company before you risk it. It may void your rental contract. But it definitely has other problems… if something happens to the car on the ferry or other island, you would be fully responsible for it. You may get stranded for a while as you don’t have priority boarding, your spot can be taken by priority cargo. Realize, also, that some of the smaller roads on these islands aren’t paved, so it is rough on the vehicle. That is why the rental vehicles on these islands look so bad! There are also many beach roads that have the huge thorns in them, can easily puncture a tire and cause a flat. And if you have car trouble over there, the car rental agency is probably not going to be able/interested to help quickly.

Cargo Ferry

Cargo Ferry Basics

For the record, we have never tried to take our car on the cargo ferry. But we wanted to publish this information, just so that people have it. The information we have gathered here came from many different sources, like the Port Authority website, info posted in the ferry terminals, on-line discussions about the ferries, and even reviews.

The cargo ferry between the main island of Puerto Rico and the out islands of Culebra and Vieques is the primary life-line for people living on those islands. It is the way the islanders get all their supplies (gas, food, building materials, etc). Cargo trucks will get priority on the ferry, so the people who live on those islands can get the supplies they need.

There is a cargo ferry that runs between Ceiba and Culebra and one between Ceiba and Vieques. You need to make a reservation in order to get a vehicle on the ferries. They sell out quickly, so book as far in advance of your trip as possible (currently (June, 2019) This can only be done in person at the dock…the day of the trip…waiting list style) .

Passengers are also permitted on the cargo ferries, though they are usually slower boats than the passenger ferries, and there are fewer seats. The trip can take 45-90 minutes depending on which ferry you’re on, and the weather. Adverse weather conditions may alter the schedule. The one time we took the cargo ferry (because we had no other choice), we sat outside, but there was no roof overhead. So you can get either sunburned or soaking wet if you sit out there! Inside, the AC was cranked all the way down, so it is freezing. You have your choice of risking sunburn outside or frostbite inside.

If the gasoline supply truck is on the cargo ferry, passengers will not be allowed on that ferry (only the drivers of the vehicles on the ferry). Also, when the cargo ferry is full of its cargo, it will leave (not wait for posted departure time).

Cargo Ferry Schedule

Though there is a posted “normal” ferry schedule, adherence to that schedule assumes that all available ferries are operational and running. The schedule is completely subject to change! And it seems to change daily. Always contact DTOP to verify the schedule of the ferries on the day you intend to travel. You must check the official ferry web page the official ferry page. It will have the daily itinerary.

This is the posted schedule 5/21 (supposedly in effect until 6/20/21): NOTE- This is subject to change! Check daily on the official site for official times for that day.

  • Ceiba to Culebra
    (M,W,F, Sun) 4:30 am ,• 8:00am • 12:00pm • 3:30pm
  • Ceiba to Culebra
    (T,TH,Sat) 5:00am
  • Culebra to Ceiba
    (M, W,F, Sun) 6:30am • 10am • 2:00pm • 5pm
  • Culebra to Ceiba
    (T,TH,Sat) 3:00pm
  • .

  • Ceiba to Vieques
    (M,W,F, Sun) 5:00am, •7:30am •10 am • 5:00pm •7 pm.
  • Ceiba to Vieques
    (T,TH,Sat) 4:00am, • 7:30am • 10:00am • 10:30am • 1:00pm, • 4:00pm.•7pm.
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (M,W,F, Sun) 7:30am •9 am • 11am • 7:00pm •8 pm
  • Vieques to Ceiba
    (T,TH,Sat) 5:45am, • 9:00am • 11am • 11:30am • 2:30pm, • 5:00pm •8pm
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    Cost for the Cargo Ferry

    Round trip fares for small cars will be about $28 to Vieques and Culebra. As the size of the vehicle gets larger, so does the price…small SUV about $32, small pickup truck is about $60, Large trucks are about $80, call or check the Puerto Rico Ferry page for exact rates. The car/truck driver’s fare is included in the fee for the vehicle. Payment can be made in cash or via VISA/Mastercard.

    Making a Reservation for the Cargo Ferry

    Reservations are required for the cargo ferry. You really can only do that at the ticket window Or you can try to make reservations over the phone or email. But you must speak to someone. You can’t just leave a message and assume that you have a reservation — because you won’t. It is pretty hard to get a human to answer the phone when you call the port authority. Be patient and call (again and again) between 7:30am- 9am, 10am- 3pm Monday – Friday. All I can say is good luck! I have actually gotten through to a human a few times, so I know that it is possible, just not probable.

    Contacting the Puerto Rico Port Authority

    NOTE- We have tried both of these contact methods and have not gotten any response. So I don’t believe at this time there is any way to actually make a reservation or get information without going in person to the ticket window. But I will supply you with the most current information we have from the ATM. Good Luck!: To make a reservation on the cargo ferry, or to get more info on routes, schedule, or other ferry-related things, call 787-497-7740. You can also try sending them an email at If you send an email, provide your contact info and they will call or email you back.

    You can visit the Puerto Rico Port Authority Facebook page and send a message. They usually respond to Facebook messages in a timely manner.

    Cargo Ferry

    Getting Your Stuff onto the Cargo Ferry

    You must be at the loading dock early on your reserved day and time or you will lose your spot. They recommend 1 hour before departure. If you are late, they will NOT hold the ferry for you. When you arrive at the ferry dock you have to check-in at the window where they validate your reservation. Bring your vehicle to the ship and someone will tell you when/where to load. These workers usually ask your name and compare it to the reservation list. Once you are parked on the ferry, they may need to you to hang around until everyone is loaded, because they sometimes have to jockey the cars/trucks around to fit everyone.

    Cargo trucks get priority, so even with a reservation, passenger cars may get bumped if a cargo truck needs a spot, which can leave you stranded and your plans totally messed up. Tourists just shouldn’t do it. Rent a car on the smaller islands and save yourself a lot of stress and extra effort.

    It takes about 45-1 hr mins for the ATM cargo ferry to get to Vieques. It takes about 1.5 hrs to get to Culebra .

    Cargo 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 parking lot further down the road from the ferry that will provide transportation to the ferry in a van. They charge $8 per 24 hr. I suggest you do not park on the side of the road, they do give out parking tickets.

    Ticket window opens 1 hr before each scheduled trip.

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    only available for residents of Vieques or Culebra. www.PORFERRY.COM

    Comment by Gwenn on 25 Mar 2021

    Un boleto para carro

    Comment by Ismael castillo espiritusanto on 24 Mar 2021

    It seems they are trying an online ticket sale site. At this moment it is only available until 4/22/19, but it may continue after that.

    Comment by Gwenn on 18 Apr 2019

    necesito saber si puedo comprar ticket y reservar por internet. nuestra compañia viaja a menudo para Vieques y culebra, y se nos hace dificil reservar, gracias.

    Comment by jackie nazario on 18 Apr 2019

    The window opens 1 hr before ferry time. Right now, ticket sales are not as bad as they were in Fajardo, but as summer gets closer and weekends, it sells out. But there are a few more trips, so that helps. Sometimes they let you buy tickets ahead of time, so yes, try it. Go during an open window time (1 hr before a trip).

    Comment by Gwenn on 24 Mar 2019

    Hello Gwenn, I was in PR few years ago ... was going to Vieqies and Culebra from Fajardo. I saw they moved terminal of ferry to Ceiba. Is it the same crazy with tickets? I remember we were in line from 3 am to get in on one at 6 am. My question is do you know hours when I can buy tickets? For example can I come to cashiers at 7.30 pm and buy for next day?

    Comment by Alena Mezhenina on 23 Mar 2019

    As long as the ferry is working, you will be fine. It just takes a little longer (about 1 hr) but it is comfortable for passengers. Right now, it is broken, but they will have fixed it or come up with a plan before then. But just check the day of travel for any schedule changes or problems and have a back up plan if the ferry doesn't go (check out rooms to rent in the area). The Vieques Culebra Ferry Watch page on Facebook is the place to watch for ferry activity/problems.

    Comment by Gwenn on 06 Mar 2019

    We will be going to Vieques on the 17th of May this year for our 40th anniversary. Our flight schedule dictates arrival at the ferry landing by Uber after the last passenger ferry, necessitating the need to take last Cargo ferry at 8:15. We're pretty hardy so we don't mind the lack of comforts on the passenger ferry. At this point do you see any problem with this plan? Will we miss the gasoline truck shipment?

    Comment by Doug Galbraith on 06 Mar 2019

    That I do not know. You would have to go in person or call and ask.

    Comment by Gwenn on 12 Feb 2019

    I need to know the charge on the cargo Ferry for a Dump Truck, or a 40" trailer.

    Comment by Victor Oquendo on 12 Feb 2019


    Comment by Gwenn on 31 Dec 2018

    The ferries are running, but they are iffy. They are down one cargo ferry and now one of the passenger ferries is being worked on. Not sure of the exact ferry schedule for tomorrow, but something will be running.

    Comment by Gwenn on 31 Dec 2018

    Is the ferry working on January 1st and what times does the ferry leave during the 1st? We want to go to vieques.

    Comment by Diana on 31 Dec 2018

    The worst experience ever!! Please never use this ferry service.

    Comment by Roberto on 28 Dec 2018

    Is there a rental car return anywhere close to the Ceiba Ferry? We may be renting a car to drive from SJU to the ferry. If not, how far is the Ceiba Airport rental return to the Ferry dock? Thanks

    Comment by Sandy Heusman on 23 Dec 2018

    I believe that Ceiba is no different than Fajardo (old ferry terminal location). We parked our rental car for 3 days in the paid parking area with no problems in Fajardo.

    Comment by joe topor on 04 Dec 2018

    our posted ferry schedules are the most current ones.

    Comment by Gwenn on 29 Nov 2018

    The ferry schedules for passengers and cargo are correct in your post? I've heard the old schedules are still valid?

    Comment by Yifei on 29 Nov 2018

    yes. There is gated overnight parking at Ceiba ferry.

    Comment by Gwenn on 26 Nov 2018

    Hi! We will be coming in from San Juan and returning to San Juan after our visit to Vieques. If you're driving from San Juan to Ceiba's ferry to get to the islands in a rental car, are you able to park overnight at the parking lot that is $5 per day and take the passenger's ferry across? Thanks!

    Comment by Josie Grimes on 26 Nov 2018

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