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Fort Myers to Key West Ferry

The fastest way to get to Key West from Southwest Florida

There are a variety of ways to get to Key West that usually involve either driving down the entire stretch of the Florida Keys on the Overseas Highway (~100 miles), flying to Key West on a plane or arriving by private boat.  All of these offer fantastic views of the Florida Keys by land, sea or air.  However, for visitors coming from the west coast of Florida, the drive across Alligator Alley or Tamiami Trail, then all the way down US-1 can be a bit daunting for a single day trip.

Ideal for visitors coming from: Fort Myers, Naples, Cape Coral, Marco Island, Port Charlotte, Bonita Springs, Sanibel Island, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, St. Petersburg, Tampa.

Enter the Key West Ferry.  Whether you are planning a day trip, and overnight trip or even a one way trip to/from Key West or Fort Myers, the Key West Ferry is ideal.

The Fort Myers to Key West Ferry is the most entertaining and quickest way to escape to America’s Caribbean island. A high-speed ferry enables travelers to spend more time enjoying the attractions in the Conch Republic.


  • Unprecedented levels of comfort and speed
  • Climate controlled passenger cabins
  • Satellite TV
  • State of the art electronics
  • Large viewing windows
  • Full galley and bar

Climb aboard one of the fun vessels of the Key West Express for the fast and entertaining Fort Myers to Key West Ferry – One Way Service. Staffed by experienced crews, the vessels feature two enclosed climate-controlled decks, an outdoor sundeck, comfortable seating and satellite television. The ferry also has a galley where you can purchase a light snack and tropical drinks. Sit back and relax as you experience the spectacular sounds and sights of the Gulf Coast as you cruise toward Key West, Continental America’s southernmost city.

Plan your stay in advance, many popular tours sell out in advance. We’ve compiled an exhaustive list of things to do in Key West and The Florida Keys, with easy booking to make your Key West visit memorable.

The high-speed voyage enables you to spend more time experiencing this island paradise. America’s only Caribbean island, Key West boasts warm turquoise water, lush tropical settings and a laid-back ambiance just off the tip of Florida. The island evokes the look and feel of a Caribbean nation melded with the culture and language of the United States.

Key West is a quirky, quaint, interesting and friendly place that is easy to explore on foot, with plenty of walking tours of Key West available. History buffs will enjoy landmarks like President Truman’s Winter White House and Ernest Hemingway attractions like his residence on Whitehead Street. You can explore the eclectic shops and enjoy tantalizing key lime pie and local dishes featuring conch, pink shrimp and yellowtail snapper. Key West has something for everyone to enjoy.

Avoid the traffic and travel in comfort to America’s Caribbean paradise.

Check Availability on the Key West Express

Additional Information and Details

Operating Times:

  • June 3- December 23rd operates – Thursday through Monday
  • December 26th- June 2- Runs 7 days a week.
  • Check calendar for special holiday sailings and some closures.
  • Depart Fort Myers Beach 8:00 am / Arrive Key West 12:00 pm.
  • Boarding begins at 7:00am.
  • Last call to board is 7:45am.
  • Schedule subject to change.
  • Please arrive at least 45 minutes before departure.
  • Does not operate on Easter, Thanksgiving , Christmas Eve and Christmas Day .

Duration: 3.5 hours (approximate)

Booth Location:

Ft. Myers Beach, 1200 Main St, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida 33931

Nearest Intersection:

Main St. and Ostego Dr.


Key West Express offers a large, well lit parking area for $13.00 per day per vehicle parking fee. There are no fences/gates or security guards.

Age Requirements:

Youth Ticket: 5-12 years old. Children 4 and under: applicable port fees to be paid at the dock. ($31-OW)


Reservations are required at least 48 hours in advance. Prices include all port and security fees. Travel time is directly related to prevailing weather/sea conditions. Passenger is permitted to bring no more than two carry-ons aboard the Vessel and MUST arrive a minimum of 45 minutes prior to a scheduled departure. Any changes to reservation dates will incur $25 change fee per person. Once purchased this eticket is non-refundable, however reservation dates can be changed by calling customer service. All minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Reserve your seats on the Key West Express

Geoff Bergey

Florida Native, Traveler, Photographer, Lover of Life, Clouds and Key Lime Pie.

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