Once you have driven down Baja California and are now ready to explore Mexico's mainland, the best way to do it is by taking the ferry across the Gulf of California. There are two companies who have these routes: Baja Ferries departing from Pichilingue Port in La Paz to Mazatlan or Topolobampo and Santa Rosalia Ferry departing from the Santa Rosalia port to Guaymas.
But before we go over ferry information, there are essential requirements for this trip. You need to have a Tourist card (FMM Forma Multiple Migratoria); we recommend that you start the process online before leaving the United States and stop at the INM (immigration) office at the border to get it stamped. Without a tourist card for yourself and all those traveling with you, you will not be able to take the ferry across to Mexico's mainland. In addition, you will need a Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit to drive in mainland Mexico. This permit can be processed online even a month in advance before leaving home, at the border or at any Banjercito office in Mexico.
Ferry information can change anytime and without notice. We try to keep the information up-to-date, but when it comes to rates and schedules we recommend that you contact the ferry terminal a couple of days in advance for the updated schedule.
1. Santa Rosalia-Guaymas Ferry is smaller than the ferries that are operated in La Paz. Even though they have a website, it has not been updated in a while and the information is not reliable. The best way to get updated information is to contact the Santa Rosalia terminal a couple of days before you plan on traveling to confirm the schedule and obtain a quote. They don't offer an online payment option to purchase your tickets; the only form of payment is in person at the terminal. For RVs, they will need to inspect the vehicle and require the length/height/width of your RV to give you a quote. Contact information for Santa Rosalia Ferry: +52 (615) 152 1246 (Spanish Only)
Important Note: Schedules may change without previous notice. Delays may be caused by third parties, port authorities or weather conditions.
Santa Rosalia Ferry - Scheduled Departure Times
|Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
|Wednesday and Friday
2. Baja Ferries - www.bajaferries.com.mx
Baja Ferries is the leading shipping group in Mexico servicing cargo and passenger ferries in Mexico. Their vessels connect Baja California Sur with Mexico's mainland; they have two routes crossing the Sea of Cortez, departing from Pichilingue port (La Paz, BC). Their vessels include the Baja Star traveling the route La Paz-Mazatlan-La Paz and the California Star traveling the route La Paz - Topolobampo - La Paz.
Baja Ferries published rates are one way, include taxes and one meal on the cruise, have reserved seats on the main cabin. Amenities on board include a restaurant, bar and souvenir shop. Passengers over 70 years of age or more than 7 months pregnant need to have medical certificate confirming that they have clearance from their doctor to board the ferry. Contact Baja Ferries before purchasing your ticket online. When you buy a ticket for your vehicle, it also includes the driver. The Baja Star has cabins ranging from single cabins with an ocean view to suites with queen size beds and a balcony up to the VIP Master Suite including a DVD player, mini fridge, bath tub and balcony. Their Facebook page is a great source for last minute changes that might not be reflected on their website. Changes may happen related to weather and other conditions; remember safety first.
Baja Ferries accepts cats and dogs as domestic pets; they must travel in their own kennel. They have to be registered and they will need their vaccination record from your vet with dates and a signature. Passengers must have the documents requested by the authorities in port. On board, there is a designated area for all pets. Only service dogs are allowed in the salons and cabins. You must notify them of your service dog and have the appropriate documentation when registering your pet. Check Pet Transport Policies for more information.
CALL CENTER 01-800-FERRIES(337-7437) From the US +52 (612)123 6397 and +52 (612) 123 6600 For English press 2, 3