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For many travelers, driving down the Baja Peninsula, taking a passenger/vehicle ferry across to Mexico’s mainland and then exploring the interior is a pleasant way of experiencing a wide variety of topography.

This Page provides basic ferry information to assist travel in either direction.

 

Reservations

Reservations are recommended any time of year. Many prefer to make reservations directly at the Ferry offices. However, during peak seasons, it is best to book from one week to one month in advance.

Basic Information

Baja Ferries have modern ships with restaurant, bar, and cabin lodging with private baths.
baja_ferri_17The fare includes:

  • The right to travel.
  • Taxes (I.V.A. Value Added Tax)
  • Access to the Port terminals (A.T.P.) No other port rights included
  • Dispositions are subject to change and restrictions
  • Fares are subject to change

December through March, whales can be seen in the Gulf of Cortez, making the ferry a very popular travel option.

Pets: No pets are allowed on board.

Routes

La Paz – Mazatlan (18 hours)Mazatlan – La Paz: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3:00 p.m.La Paz – Mazatlan: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 4 p.m.La Paz – Topolobampo (Los Mochis) (6 hours)Topolobampo – La Paz: – Monday to Sunday 11:00 p.m.La Paz – Topolobampo: – Monday to Sunday baja ferrys3:00 p.m.La Paz – Manzanillo
As of September, 2007, this route is covered twice a month.
For more information on the exact dates this route will be covered, contact the ticket office in La Paz at
01 (800) 122-1414 (dialing from Mexico) or
011 (52) 612-125-7443 or 011 (52) 612-123-1313 (dialing from within the U.S.A.)

Helpful Hints

Itineraries are subject to change with no further notice.
Please verify your itinerary once you have defined your travel date.
Children under the age of 3 don’t pay a fare.
Children aged 3 to 11 pay half fare.
Minors traveling alone are not allowed.
Cabin class features 2 bunk beds and bathroom
Tourist class features 4 bunk beds without a bathroom

For your car and/or trailer/camper

Have your car temporary import papers prepared at the BORDER when you enter Mexico.Arrive at the ticket office as soon as it opens (ask when it opens, as hours often vary from place to place).
If you are buying “Salon” tickets (see below) queue up before the window opens, as they sell out quickly.
Ask the Guard on duty where to park your car to be weighed, as this is usually not near the ticket counter. The scale is called “La Balanza.”You need to have your vehicle weighed BEFORE you buy your ticket. You will receive a weight voucher indication your vehicle classification.
Your car tickets and seat tickets are sold separately, so you’ll need to stand in two different lines.
BE FOREWARNED – when you drive down the Baja, the peninsula enjoys a special trade zone status, so that you do not pass through customs on the way down.

HOWEVER, when you cross to the mainland, you will be formally entering Mexico proper. You will have to go through Customs before boarding the ferry. There have been instances where large duty fees have been demanded and people have had to either pay them, miss the ferry, or drive back up the peninsula.

Ferry Ticket Offices

DSC09532La Paz
Tel. (612) 125-7443 or 123-1313
Toll Free 01 (800) 122-1414
Allende esq. Marcelo Rubio
Col. Centro
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Los Mochis
Tel. (668) 817-3752 or 817-38 64
Toll Free 01 (800) 012-8770
Plaza Encuentro, Local 5
Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Terminal Pichilingue
Tel. (612) 123-0208
bftytFax (612) 123-0504
Interior Muelle de Altura
API Lote 1 Manzana F
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Terminal Topolobampo
Tel. (668) 862-1003
Fax (668) 862-1005
Toll Free 01 (800) 718-2796
Instalaciones API y Muelle de Contenedores
Topolobampo, Sinaloa
Fares change with time, and sometimes special travel packages are offered.
However it is best to call, as Mexico Connect no longer provides the current fares within the site.
 
 
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