Key West Express

This high-speed ferry provides a fun way to travel to Key West

Passengers aboard the Key West Express Big Cat
••• Passengers enjoy the sunshine and scenery aboard the Key West Express' Big Cat. © Key West Express

Imagine traveling from Southwest Florida to Key West in less than four hours. Impossible? Not if you board the Key West Express at either Fort Myers Beach or Marco Island. While the high-speed ferry skims the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, you relax and enjoy the sunshine and scenery. So, the old saying, "getting there is half the fun," really is true!

There's An Alternative

Travel to Key West used to be limited to either driving the Oversea Highway to Key West or flying into Key West International Airport.

While the Overseas Highway is a beautiful drive, the historic highway that stretches from Miami to Key West can become clogged with heavy traffic. While the drive from Miami usually takes less than four hours, those traveling from Southwest Florida may find the trip likely taking a day out of their vacation... each way.

Taking the Key West Express is as easy as parking your car and boarding the large catamaran. You may choose from traveling in air-conditioned comfort inside or soak up the sunshine on the outside deck. A completely stocked galley and bar are available as are large flat-screened TVs with satellite television.

The Key West Express isn't just a day trip. When making your reservations, you can plan to stay over in Key West and come back a different day — simply reserve your return date. When boarding, each passenger is allowed two small carry-on bags or pay an additional fee for larger luggage.

Arrangements can also be made to take along your bicycle. Additionally, the crew can accommodate disabled passengers and their wheelchairs or ECVs.

The Key West Express even has limited space for your dog. Simply pack Fido in an approved kennel and reserve space for an additional charge. What can't you take with you on the Key West Express ferry?

Your car or motorcycle.

Fort Myers Beach Details

The Key West Express departs Fort Myers Beach daily (except when calendar indicates no sailing) at 8:30 a.m. with ticketing and boarding beginning at 7:00 a.m. The return trip from Key West to Fort Myers Beach departs at 6:00 p.m. (boarding 5:00-5:30 p.m.).

Uncovered parking is available at the Fort Myers Beach location.

Marco Island Details

The Key West Express departs Marco Island seasonally from December through April (except as noted on calendar) at 8:30 a.m. with ticketing and boarding beginning at 7:00 a.m. The return trip from Key West to Marco Island departs at 5:00 p.m. (boarding 4:00-4:30 p.m.).

Uncovered parking is available at the Marco Island location.