How To Take the Mobile Bay Ferry From Dauphin Island To Fort Morgan

Riding the Mobile Bay Ferry from Dauphin Island, Alabama

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably wondering how to take the Mobile Bay Ferry from Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan or vice versa.

We took the ferry ride with our camper and have all the details to share with you. Yes, you read that right; we were able to ferry our truck pulling our 17-foot camper. The Mobile Bay Ferry transports cars, trucks, small campers, RVs, and passengers without vehicles. The ferry even allows dogs.

How To Ride the Mobile Bay Ferry

Taking the Dauphin Island Ferry
Taking the Dauphin Island Ferry with our Aliner camper.

Riding the Mobile Bay Ferry is one of the many fun things to do on Dauphin Island. From Dauphin Island, visitors can ferry east to Fort Morgan. Whether you’d like to visit the Historic Fort Morgan, take a scenic ferry ride, or continue a road trip east towards Gulf Shores, add riding the Mobile Bay Ferry to your travel itinerary.

While taking the ferry, keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, sea life, and other large ships off the coast. We saw dolphins.

Dauphin Island Ferry Schedule

From Dauphin Island, the ferry goes out multiple times a day. Check out the most current Mobile Bay Ferry Schedule (link to ferry schedule) to plan your trip. The schedule can change daily depending on the weather and the boat in operation.

Dauphin Island Ferry Cost

The cost depends on the size of your vehicle, or motorcycle, the number of passengers in your car or on your motorcycle, and if you have a trailer or motor home. Fare changes depending on the time of the year.

Here are the most current Mobile Bay Ferry fares (link to ferry website) for specific pricing.

Lining Up To Take the Mobile Bay Ferry

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Waiting to load the Mobile Bay Ferry.

Riding the ferry is easy. All you have to do is drive your vehicle to the east end of Dauphin Island. Towards the east end, you’ll see a ticketing booth with two dedicated ferry lanes on the road.

Check ahead of time to see what time attendants recommend showing up to meet the ferry time you’d like to take.

For example, we took the 9:30 am ferry on a Tuesday morning and showed up at 9:00 am, and it was plenty of time to get in line and board for the 9:30 departure.

However, the attendant said that visitors planning to ride the ferry should plan to be there 30 minutes to an hour ahead of the departure time, depending on the day. If we were planning to take the 11:00 am ferry, we probably would want to be there at least 45 minutes ahead of time because that is a more popular time.

Does the Mobile Bay Ferry Take Reservations?

The ferry does not have a reservation system. It operates on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Are Pets Allowed?

Yes, pets are allowed on the ferry.

Does the Ferry Allow RVs From Dauphin Island Campground?

There is a campground on Dauphin Island, and lots of people have RVs, small campers, and motor homes. The ferry does accommodate motor homes depending on your rig’s size and the size of the boat each day. If you’d like to plan to ferry your RV, check with the ferry attendant ahead of time to work out the details.

How Long Is the Ferry Ride From Dauphin Island to Fort Morgan?

The ferry ride to Fort Morgan, Alabama, is 40 minutes. The crew is super-efficient, loading and unloading the ferry.

Safe travels.

Ashlee & Pablo


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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer sharing the best-kept secrets that aren’t in your typical guidebook. Her goal is to inspire people to travel with a sense of adventure by sharing hidden gems across the U.S. and beyond. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo. They camp in their Aliner often and love wandering the world. Follow their latest adventures on Instagram @thehappinessfxn.