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VIEQUES FERRY SERVICES AND SCHEDULE

 


Photo by Oscar Bermudez

NEW For a while now, the government is running a consolidated lancha and cargo ferry schedule. This is because all their passenger vessels, lanchas, are broken down and therefore they are running exclusively cargo ferries. This will change the moment they bring the passenger only vessels back to work. Also, note that since the private fast ferries's contract was terminated in March 2014, the ferry service has gone back into the abismal state it was before the fast ferries. Expect delays and cancelled trips. Also the ferry system gives priority to residents. As you get to the facilities at the harbor you are expected to get into one of three lines: residents over 60 years old and/or handicapped, regular residents, and non-residents. Non- residents are boarded last if there is enough capacity in the particular vessel departing.

If you are returning to the International Airport in San Juan by ferry, allow yourself a minimum of 6 hours from the scheduled ferry departure time in Vieques to your flight departure time in San Juan. You need to get to the International Airport at least 2 hours ahead. Ferry time: on water, unloading, loading to taxi: 1 hr 30 min or more depending on vessel. Travel time from Fajardo to San Juan: 1 hr 15 min in good traffic. Allow time for contingencies.

 

Maritime transportation to Vieques is provided by an agency of the Puerto Rico government called "Autoridad de Transporte Marítimo" or ATM, a branch of the DTOP Department. The ATM uses two types of boats to provide transportation to and from Vieques. One type is the cargo boat which locals call "ferry", the second type is the passenger boat which locals call "lancha". When speaking to a local about passenger transportation make sure he/she understands you are not referring to cargo transportation when you use the word "ferry".

The difference between a "ferry" and a "lancha" is that the "ferry" can take vehicles along with passengers. "Lanchas" can only take passengers. Because most of the "ferry" space is for vehicles, they can take fewer passengers than the "lanchas". Another difference is that "ferries" usually take longer than "lanchas" to traverse the same distance because of the weight they carry, which also usually makes them more stable and causes them to bounce around less with big waves.

The fist segment below is about "lanchas" or passenger ferries. The second segment is about cargo ferries.


Photo by Oscar Bermudez

 

VIEQUES FAJARDO CONSOLIDATED CARGO AND PASSENGER SCHEDULE

 

CONSOLIDATED SCHEDULE FAJARDO-VIEQUES while passenger vessels are down

Daily
Departs ViequesDeparts Fajardo
4:00 AM
6:30 AM9:30 AM
11:00 AM1:00 PM
3:00 PM4:30 PM
6:30 PM8:00 PM
VIEQUES "LANCHAS" PASSENGER FERRY TRANSPORTATION GUIDE

Important Tips about planning your great vacation to Vieques. NOTE THAT THERE HAS BEEN NO PASSENGER FERRY IN OPERATION FOR MONTHS.

 

The Isla de Vieques ferry does not take reservations for passengers but you may purchase your tickets ahead of time at the Fajardo or Vieques harbors. Passenger fee is $2.00/person one way. 

NOTE: Even with a ticket on hand you need to get to the port at least 30 minutes early. If you are planning on traveling on the first ferry on Saturday mornings towards Vieques or Culebra or the Sunday mid-day ferry back from Vieques or Culebra to Fajardo, either get to the harbor several hours ahead or buy your tickets before hand and get to harbor at least 1 hour ahead.

 

 


Photo by Oscar Bermudez

  • VIEQUES FERRY CARS/CARGO TRANSPORTATION

     A great vacation in Vieques requires planning ahead if you intend on bringing a car from Puerto Rico. Vieques ferry system requires a reservation be made ahead of time for vehicles.

      Note that no car rental company from Puerto Rico will allow for their car to be taken to Vieques. If they did, it would be very risky to take a rental car to Vieques and then risk not being able to bring it back to Puerto Rico due to ferry not working or your reservation does not show up because the employees gave the space to one of their buddies. This information is only for Puerto Rico residents that would like to bring their personal car to Vieques.

      One way car transportation fee on the Vieques ferry for a medium size car or truck is $26 (this fee includes the drivers ticket). Passengers pay the $2/person fee in addition to the car fee. For Cargo reservations you have to go in person to the harbor at the departing location with the car registration and the driver license.  

    These are numbers listed for ATM and a number for reservations:

    • -Terminal Fajardo: 787-494-0934
    • -Terminal Culebra: 787-494-0931
    • -Terminal Vieques: 787-334-0931

    For reservation information via email contact: reservaciones@atm.gobierno.pr  

    This info is translated from the government web page at http://www.dtop.gov.pr/det_content.asp?cn_id=320 Important: We recommend you reserve ahead of time. You can reserve by calling 787-497-7740, 787-494-0934 extentions 2729, 2727, 2736 with VISA o Mastercard and pickup your ticket the day you travel. You can buy your tickets at the harbor in Fajardo, as available (keep in mind that residents of Vieques and Culebra have priority), and make a payment with credit card, debit card or cash, Monday to Friday from 8AM - 3PM.


    Updated Nov 26, 2014

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