Delaware City – Salem Ferry Offers Special Off-Season Packages -  Buy One Ticket, Get the Second for Free to Explore Salem, NJ and Delaware City, DE

September 23, 2013

Salem, NJ- Today, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that the Delaware City-Salem Ferry service will operate between these two historic Delaware River communities on selected Saturdays this fall.  If you’re looking to explore the coastal waterways and marshes surrounding Delaware City or the many historic landmarks in Salem, the Ferry’s your ticket to a fantastic day out!

The Delaware City – Salem Ferry will operate a special schedule on Saturdays, September 28 and October 5. Enjoy the River Town’s Ride and Fest on Oct. 5 in Delaware City!  Several interesting packages are also available for visitors during this special ferry schedule, including kayaking, boating, sailing and fishing.

Historic Delaware City

Package               Duration              Minimum                Time to Book                     Price

Kayak (unguided)            2-2.5 hrs.             1 walk-in                 $8 per person

Sailing                                   2-2.5 hrs.             1 walk-in                 $80 per boat

Fishing (head boat)         2 hrs.                     2 48 hrs. notice     $40 per person

Fishing (charter)               3 hrs.                     1 48 hrs. notice     $360 per boat

Canal Cruise                       1 hr.                       2 48 hrs. notice     $30 per person

Learn to Sail                        3 hrs.                     1 72 hrs. notice     $190 per boat


City of Salem

Package                               Duration                Minimum            Time to Book                Price

Self guided Tour               1 hour per tour N/A                N/A                        Free

Guided Tour                       2 hours                 3 people  48 Hrs. notice     Donation

All water activities must be reserved in advance at the Delaware City marina.  Programs start at 1:00p and 3:00p and can be reserved via email at or by phone at 302.834-4172. For lunch and dinner in Delaware City, ferry passengers receive a 10% discount at Crabby Dicks when you show your ferry ticket.  Biking is also permitted in Delaware City and in Salem City. 

The ferry service will run continuously between these two historic destinations.  The schedule is as follows:

                                                          Delaware City                             Salem (Barber’s Basin)

                                                                  10:30A                                                  11:30A

                                                                   12:30P                                                    1:30P

                                                                    2:30P                                                    3:30P

                                                                    4:30P                                                    5:30P

 “The Delaware City-Salem Ferry links two cities rich in many natural and historic treasures and architectural styles and we invite you to take part in the fun,” said Heath Gehrke, Director of Ferry Operations for the Delaware River and Bay Authority. “Whether its Delaware City or Salem, visitors have the opportunity to experience everything these great communities have to offer.  And, on these special Fall Saturdays, when you buy one ticket to explore the other side of the River, you can get the second one for free!” The cost for the Ferry, which includes shuttle transportation to Salem City, is $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, and $6 for children.  

For more information, please call 302.834.4172 in Delaware City or 609.202.4136 in Salem. Each community has special shoulder season events and activities.  For more rates, departure schedule and related information on the Delaware City – Salem Ferry, please visit

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority

The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Delaware City – Salem Ferry Crossing.  The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.  For more information, visit