Frequently Asked Questions
Are the ferries handicap/elderly accessible?
Yes, upon arrival please locate a crew member or call 631-665-3600 and we will be happy to help. Ramps are available on all vessels for embarkation and debarkation, and our crews are trained in the proper procedures.
How long are the boat rides over to Fire Island?
One way trip is approximately 30 minutes.
Can I bring my bike over on the ferry to Fire Island?
No, bikes are not permitted on the ferries. Bikes are taken over on the freight boat that leaves from the end of Maple Ave. Monday thru Friday at 10am.
Can I walk from one beach to another?
Yes, the towns are connected by a Burma road which runs along the center of the island. Walking along the ocean is also an option.
Can a round trip ticket be used any day?
Yes, a round trip ticket is valid no matter the day returning.
Do all the same communities use the same tickets?
Yes, the tickets can be used at any beach.
Where is there short-term parking available?
There is a parking lot on the properties that has a daily, overnight, and long term parking when capacity allows. For information call 631.665.3600. There is also additional parking at the end of Maple Ave.
Can I pay using a credit card?
Credit cards are only accepted when purchasing 40 trip ticket books, or purchasing monthly parking passes. All other fare are cash only.
Is there a bathroom on the boat?
No, there are no bathrooms on the boats. There are bathrooms at the ferry terminal in Bay Shore.
How do I get from the train station to the ferry terminal?
Taxis are available from Bay Shore LIRR station and generally meet every arriving train.
If you should choose to walk from the train station, Fire Island Ferries is located roughly one mile south of the station. Fourth Ave. turns into Maple Ave.
Is there a senior citizen discount?
Yes, with a valid Suffolk County Senior Citizen Identification card a one-way fare is $9.00.
Can I hire a special boat to take me to the beach?
Yes, please call Fire Island Water Taxi at 631.665.8885 in advance and ask to speak with a about booking a cross bay charter.
Are dogs allowed on the ferry and beach?
Yes, as long as they are properly leashed aboard the ferries.
PLEASE NOTE: Certain communities do not allow dogs on the beaches.
Can I take a Water Taxi from one town to another on Fire Island?
Yes, as well as going across the bay, water taxis travel from beach to beach parallel to Fire Island. Call 631.665.8885 for more rates and information.