Balboa Island Ferry

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  • Address: 305 Palm Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661, United States
  • Timings: 06:30 am - 02:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9496731070
  • Ticket Price: 1 USD
  • Time Required: 00:40 Mins
  • Tags: Family And Kids, Ferry

Offering ferry rides from the Balboa mainland to the Balboa Island and back, the Balboa Island Ferry provides a trip through the Newport Bay. The rides cover a distance of 800 feet and has a ferry ready every 5 minutes. Currently, it is the most preferred way to travel to the island since the road route stretches for about 6 miles. The beginnings of the ferry started in 1919 when a small wooden rowboat was introduced after Joseph Allan Beek got the rights to provide a ferry service in Newport. In 1921, the first vessel was introduced that could carry 20 people at a time.

Today, the Balboa Island Ferry has completed almost 100 years of service and has multiple boats- some of them even have double decks only for passengers while others are used for transporting vehicles. Tourists love to take a small ride here to see the island but the view of the gorgeous Balboa mainland from the ferry-especially after dark, is what makes these ferry rides a must!

Entrance Ticket Details For Balboa Island Ferry


  • Child (5 through 11): $0.50
  • Child (under 5): $0.00


Vehicles (Passengers are extra):

  • Car and Driver: $2.00
  • Motorcycle and Driver: $1.50
  • Bicycle and Adult: $1.25
  • Bicycle and Child: $0.75

For other prices, visit the official website.

How to Reach Balboa Island Ferry

  • By Bus: Balboa-Adams
  • By renting a Car/ Bike
  • By hiring a Yellow Cab Taxi

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  • Balboa Island Ferry Address: 305 Palm Street, Newport Beach, CA 92661, United States
  • Balboa Island Ferry Contact Number: +1-9496731070
  • Balboa Island Ferry Timing: 06:30 am - 02:00 pm
  • Balboa Island Ferry Price: 1 USD
  • Best time to visit Balboa Island Ferry(preferred time): 07:00 am - 11:20 am
  • Time required to visit Balboa Island Ferry: 00:40 Mins
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Balboa Island Ferry Reviews & Ratings

  • A harbor cruise for $1.00? Not quite, but darn close. Hands down, my favorite attraction since I was old enough to walk. Great views, especially when the sun is setting. Regardless of the weather, the Balboa Island Ferry is always a good time. I've never met anyone who didn't enjoy the trip to Balboa Island and back.

  • Nice Easy and Pretty... The only reason for 4-star is the fun is too SHORT! :( Price is nothing and even sometimes Probono ride if you get lucky :) Beautiful scenery with water body filled with people paddling and boating

  • There’s really not a good reason to take this ferry, other than because you want to. But it’s definitely something worth doing. Your kids will think it is amazing! So do this: go to Balboa Island and enjoy yourself. Like around the shops and grab a chocolate covered ice cream or banana. Then, take the ferry across to the peninsula. There’s an arcade and small fair over there. $40 will allow you to look like a hero of a parent as your kids goof off. You get plenty of pictures that will last a lifetime. Next, take a very short 3 minute drive over to public access and enjoy Newport Beach on the peninsula. It’s a full-day affair, but you’ll have the night to yourself and your spouse, because your kids will be sleeping with drool on their pillows. Your welcome. 😂 🥃 🍷 🔥🤞🏼

  • This was really cool I haven't been to Newport Beach before and spotted the ferry when we were just exploring. we decided to take it over to the peninsula and the ride was $1 and it was really quick and we were able to walk on and get down to the peninsula and have some quick dinner it was really beautiful to watch boats and the sea and the cute little area they have set up to enjoy yourself out here.

  • So nice! The wait for cars might be a little long since they can only take 3 at a time, but they have more ferries at peak hours. Each person is $1, and driving a car is $1 extra. The view is nice and the ride is only around 5 minutes!

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