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Sunday, January 18, 2015

THINGS TO DO - The Baja Ferry

Jan. 2012 - Ferry service between the Baja Peninsula and the mainland was minimal and even discontinued up until 1999 when Baja Ferry, a private company, took the initiative and set up a route between Santa Rosalia and Guaymas. The route between these towns is considerably less significant and reliable than the other ferry system which connects La Paz to the mainland.

The ferry that departs from Santa Rosalia provides transportation for both people and vehicles. The trip is comfortable, and it lasts between 7 and 9 hours, depending on the weather conditions. People who intend to take their vehicle on the main land will have to own a vehicle permit and auto insurance. The best moment to obtain these documents is when you cross the border to Mexico.

The schedule of the ferry fromSanta Rosalia changes frequently, so the best option is to visit the website http://www.ferrysantarosalia.com or contact the company by phone 800-505-5018 and email ventas@ferrysantarosalia.com. Here is the current schedule for the Santa Rosalia –Guaymas ferry.

Departure from
Guaymas
Arrival to Sta. Rosalia
Departure from
Sta. Rosalia
Arrival to Guaymas
Monday
08:00 PM
-
-
-
Tuesday
08:00 PM
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
06:00 PM
Wednesday
-
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
06:00 PM
Thursday
08:00 PM
-
-
-
Friday
08:00 PM
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
06:00 PM
Saturday
08:00 PM
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
06:00 PM
Sunday
-
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
-
Monday
-
-
-
06:00 PM


The tickets can be purchased byphone, from a travel agency, or from the ferry office in Santa Rosalia andGuaymas.

Toll Free: 800-505-5018

Santa Rosalia:
Transpeninsular Highway, Km. 196,Exterior Transportation Terminal, No. 3, Port Precinct, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, 23920.
615-152-1264, 615-152-1486

Guaymas:
Ferry Terminal, Port Precinct, s/n,Punta Arena Colony, Guaymas, Sonora 85400.
622-222-0204, 622-222-8486
The prices are subject to change without notice, so here is the most recent list of prices for both people and vehicles.

One Way Trip
Roundtrip
Saloon
Adults
$60
$110
Children under 11
$30
$55
Cabins
Adults
$70
$125
Children under 11
$35
$65
Motorcycles
$105
$205
Cars up to 5.4 Mts.
$235
$425
Pick-up ups up to 7 Mts.
$405
$770
Trailers between 15 and 18 Mts.
$850
$1525


The original prices are in pesos. Theexchange rate used is $1 = 13.61 pesos.
Mt. = Metric Ton = 1000 kg.

The ferries that connect La Paz with Mazatlan and Topolobampo are comfortable, and provide various amenities.Travelers can enjoy spending time in the restaurant and the bar. For additional comfort, there are several cabins available for rent. The cabins can accommodate up to 4 passengers, and they come with a private bath.

With its speed of 22-23 knots, the ferry gets to Mazatlan in 12 hours and to Topolobampo in just 6 hours. The schedule for these two routes is quite reliable, but it is always useful to have a look at the website http://www.bajaferries.com/ before arranging any trip. Here is the schedule for both Topolobampo and Mazatlan:

Departs From
Arrives To
Departure
Arrival
Day of Departure
Mazatlán
La Paz
04:00 PM
08:00 AM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
La Paz
Mazatlán
06:00 PM
10:00 AM
Tuesday, Thursday
La Paz
Mazatlán
05: 00 PM
09:00 AM
Sunday

Departs From
Arrives To
Departure
Arrival
Day of Departure
Topolobampo
La Paz
11:00 PM
06:00 AM
Sunday
La Paz
Topolobampo
02:3o PM
09:00 PM
Monday-Friday
La Paz
Topolobampo
11: 00 PM
06:00 AM
Saturday

At this moment, travelers will need to pay the following prices for the La Paz – Topolobampo and La Paz –Mazatlan routes:

Topolobampo
Mazatlan
Adult
$60
Adult
65
Children between 3 and 11
$30
Children between 3 and 11
$35
Private Cabin
$55
Private Cabin
$55 or $35
Cars up to 5.4 Mts.
$80
Cars up to 5.4 Mts.
$165
Pick-up, Van
$140
Pick-up, Van
$230
Bus
$550
Bus
$785
Recreational Van
$565
Recreational Van
$1105
Motorcycle
$60
Motorcycle
$140


The price for the private cabin comes in addition to the fare that each passenger has to pay.
The original prices are in pesos. The exchange rate used is $1 = 13.61 pesos.
Mt. = Metric Ton = 1000 kg.

People who are located in San Jose del Cabo and want to use the ferry will have to make a two hour trip to La Paz. Purchases can be made with a debit/credit card by contacting Baja Ferries Call Center or directly from the ferry terminals. According to your location, choose one of the following phone numbers and addresses:

Toll Free - 800-337 7437 (only for Mexico)
La Paz
Ignacio Allende No. 1025, Col.Centro, C.P. 23000, La Paz, B.C.S.
612-123-6600

Topolobampo
Instalaciones API y Muelle de Contene-dores, C.P. 81370
668-862-1003

Mazatlan
Ave. Emilio Barragán y ProlongaciónCarnaval S/N, Fracc. Playa Sur, C.P. 82040, Instalaciones API
669-985-0470

San Jose del Cabo
Plaza Guaymitas, Carr.Transpeninsular (San José-La Paz), Local # 6.
624-142-4610