Mar 29, 2024 - News

East Boston's ferry returns in 2024. Here's where to go

Two people walking a dog head out of the East Boston ferry from Long Wharf after reaching the dock at Jeffries Point.

Photo: Steph Solis/Axios

The East Boston ferry returns Monday.

Why it matters: The service opens up the harbor to commuters seeking a quick ride from Jeffries Point to downtown Boston, especially when the Sumner Tunnel closes again this summer for repairs.

State of play: The East ferry will run seven days a week between the Lewis Mall Wharf in Jeffries Point and Long Wharf downtown.

  • The service continues through Nov. 30.
  • The ferry will be free in July and August while the Sumner is closed.

When to go: The ferry will run 7am-7:30pm from downtown on weekdays (7:15am-7:45pm from Eastie), per the schedule.

  • On weekends, it will run 9am-8:30pm from downtown (9:15am-8:45pm from Eastie).

Price: $2.40 like the T, except for reduced-fare riders.

  • Protip: If you don't have time to get a paper ticket, the ferry takes tickets bought on the mTicket app.
  • Middle and high school students with monthly passes can use their CharlieCards to ride it during the school year.

Zoom out: The Lynn and Winthrop ferries also return with weekday service April 29.

  • Weekend service in Hingham, Hull and Logan resumes May 25 through Oct. 14.

Steph's thought bubble: The ferry can be a great resource for locals who commute while it runs — if they know about it.


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