The Block Island Ferry, Block Island docks in the Old Harbor right at the entry to the town area of New Shoreham. Both people and vehicles are transported for a small fee on the ferry boats.
There are two ferry enterprises that operate the three distinct routes to different mainland points. The Block Island Ferry company runs the route from Point Judith in Southern Rhode Island as well as from Newport which is further north. Viking Fleet is the second company. It exclusively runs from Montauk, NY on Long Island.
The Point Judith ferry (which departs from Galilee) has a schedule that varies throughout the year with numerous trips daily, although it only makes one round trip run on Thursdays in late November through Christmas. On Christmas Day this ferry does not run. It does run on other holidays however.
As of 2009, this company's Newport service was only operating from July 1st through September 17th. This is a two hour trip on the ferry. It leaves Newport at 9:15 AM and departs from Block Island at 4:45 PM.
The Block Island Ferry, Block Island service also includes a high speed ferry from Point Judith and back which lasts less than 30 minutes, more than 30 minutes less time than travel on the slower craft. This service is only available from May 21st through October 12th.
There is a high speed ferry which is also a one hour trip from Montauk, Long Island in New York. This is operated by the Viking Fleet company. It runs on a limited basis prior to the main tourist season and does not run during the late fall or winter.
This ferry departs Montauk at 10 AM and returns from Block Island departing at 5 PM. From early July through the first week of September, a second ferry is added that departs Montauk at 3:30 PM and returns at the same hour as the first boat, 5 PM.
The Block Island Ferry, Block Island service run by the Block Island Ferry company provides group rates for parties of 25 persons or more. Such rates are only available by making arrangements at least 2 weeks in advance.
Smoking is allowed on the outside passenger decks of the ferry.
Pets are allowed on the traditional ferry only and must be leashed or in a travel carrier at all times.
The ferries are wheelchair accessible on the lower decks.
Personal racks for luggage are available on the ferries while luggage pallets are also rented for larger amounts of freight on the Point Judith traditional ferry only.
No reservations are required although they are recommendable for the high speed ferries.
Vehicle passage requires advance reservation. No advance tickets can be canceled or refunded for the ferries.