The Jet Express is a series of four high-speed passenger-only catamarans on Lake Erie. They travel from the mainland to Put-in-Bay village on South Bass Island and Kelley’s Island. The Jet Express departs from multiple location for your convenience, including downtown Port Clinton and Sandusky, Ohio. Providing enjoyable, direct service to downtown Put-in-Bay and Kelley’s Island has been their goal.
Ferry Rides to Put-in-Bay
When people envision their Put-in-Bay vacations, they don’t often think about the ferry rides as anything more than transport. But think about some of the great trips you’ve been on in your life. Some of the most memorable moments can occur on the journey. The ferry to Put-in-Bay is no exception. For some family outings, it’s the first time the kids have ever been out on the water. You’ll see their eyes wide, watching the mist spray out from the sides of the ferry and the seagulls queuing up in the wake. To this day, even with all the Put-in-Bay attractions, the ferry ride remains one of my favorite things about Put-in-Bay.
If you need to get to or from the island later than about 9 P.M., you’ll need to take the Jet Express ferry. The Jet Express runs about 2-3 hours later than other ferries on any given day. Schedules for the ferries are of course available on the Jet Express websites.
Put-in-Bay Ferry Prices
The most important factors about the Jet Express to remember is that they cannot transport vehicles, however they run much later. If you would like a vehicle on the island you can get a Put-in-Bay golf cart rental.The Jet is the pricier option of the two, at $17.00 per person. A children’s ticket is $7.50. In exchange for this expense, the Jet Express offers some amenities that the other Put-in-Bay ferry does not.
Differences Between Put-in-Bay Ferries
The Jet Express has cushioned, individual seats. They also have employees on hand to help with luggage. If you want to get a jump start on your Put-in-Bay fun weekend, you will find a bar on the mainland side of the Jet for a pre-ferry cocktail.
The Jet Express departs from both Port Clinton and Sandusky on the mainland, with the trip to the island being 25 and 45 minutes respectively. Directions to both of these docks can be found on the Jet Express website.
Or maybe a pre-ride adult beverage can be the launch pad for a a great Put-in-Bay weekend. In that case, visit the Jetbar before hopping on the Jet Express. The bottom line is both of these ferries have been in action for a long time, and do what they do very well. And either way, at the end of the journey is our precious jewel in Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay Ohio!
Either way you get here, after a visit to South Bass Island, you may feel like you didn’t get the full experience in just one day with all of the Put-in-Bay activities. In that case, make sure to check out our lodging options. You can book a Put-in-Bay resort, hotel, condo, or renal, but make sure you book sooner rather than later. Weekends fill up fast in the summer and you don’t want to miss out! The faster you book, the faster you can get on a Put-in-Bay ferry!