ABOUT THE SEAPORT/ NORTH STATION FERRY

SUSTAINABLE & DEPENDABLE

DEPARTURE LOCATIONS & HOURS OF OPERATION

At North Station, the ferry stop is located at Lovejoy Wharf at Beverly Street and the Harborwalk. In the Seaport, the ferry stop is located at Fan Pier (the Valkyrie ferry terminal) next to the ICA. The Ferry operates from both locations between 6:20 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Service does not operate on weekends or the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President’s Day/Washington’s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day

PAYING FOR THE FERRY

To ride the ferry, public riders need to go to our Seaport/North Station Ferry page to reserve a ticket. You can view available trips, reserve a spot on a future trip, and pay for your fare here. Upon boarding, you can either present your smartphone with a confirmation code or present a printed receipt to board the vessel. The ferry currently does not accept cash transactions.

TRAVEL TIME

Travel times vary by route and destination. The approximate travel time from Lovejoy Wharf (North Station) to Fan Pier (Seaport) area is 17-20 minutes (including loading or unloading). Travel times may also vary in inclement weather.

FERRY CAPACITY

The ferry service consists of two vessels, MV Douglas Gurian and MV Moira Smith. Each vessel has the capacity to hold 97 passengers indoors and the vessels are ADA compliant. Use the links below to track the vessels in real-time:

The Moira Smith
The Douglas Gurian

WHO MANAGES THE SERVICE?

The Ferry service is managed by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). The MCCA’s mission is to generate significant regional economic activity by attracting conventions, tradeshows, and other events to its world-class facilities. MCCA also works with city and state agencies to facilitate transit improvements in the South Boston Waterfront through both the private shuttle consolidation and the public-private ferry pilot from North Station to the Seaport. The MCCA has partnered with the Boston based boat operator Bay State Cruises to operate the ferry service.

WHO IS THE MCCA?

The MCCA is an independent public authority of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with its own Transportation Department empowered to provide public transportation services. The MCCA owns and operates the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, the Lawn on D, the Boston Common Garage, and the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. The MCCA employs 70+ transportation professionals to support both event operations and shuttle services.

ARE BICYCLES ALLOWED ON THE FERRY?

Bikes are allowed on the Ferry, however, space is limited and is based on a first come first serve basis. In addition, all bicyclists must dismount & walk their bicycles on board. All bicycles must be stored in the designated bicycle storage area on each vessel. All bicycles may not be left on the boats for more than one trip and the MCCA is not responsible for stolen or damaged bicycles.

WHAT IS YOUR ACCESSIBILITY & PARATRANSIT POLICY?

All ferry vessels & docks are ADA compliant, space is limited and is based on a first come first serve basis. Should you need any additional assistance or if you would like to pre-arrange please feel free to reach out directly to the MCCA at [email protected] Trained Service Animals are allowed on board as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

LOST & FOUND

Before disembarking the vessel, please check your surrounding area for items that may have dropped or fallen during your ride. If you recover any items on the Ferry please turn them into a crew member on the boat. The crew staff will be able to return any Lost and Found items at the end of each day. Lost items are held for 30 days and if no one claims the item within 30 days the item will be donated to charity or properly disposed of or destroyed. For any lost items please inquire with the MCCA Transportation office directly at [email protected] The MCCA is not liable for any damages of personal items.