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Destination(s) 🏝️ St Barts, 🇸🇽 Sint Maarten
Sailings Up to 12 times per day
Duration 42 minutes
Operated by
2p+Car+Return in our estimation $ 200
Distance 15 miles, 23 km
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Your guide for the enchanting ferry journey from Philipsburg to Gustavia! Prepare to embark on a delightful adventure as you traverse the crystal-clear turquoise waters that separate the vibrant island of St. Maarten from the picturesque destination of St. Barts.

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The ferry from Philipsburg to Gustavia

On this ferry, you'll cross the border from Sint Maarten to St Barth, meaning you must meet the VISA requirements. Visitors from the European Union, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Israel don't need a VISA. A passport, however, is required for this crossing. Read more about it here: All VISA / ID requirements on ferries.

There are two vessels active between Gustavia and Philipsburg, the MV Shantiwa and Big B, the time table of these two ferries is the following:

Timetable: Departures from St Maarten / Philipsburg

  • Monday: 7:45 – 9:45 – 17:30
  • Tuesday: 7:45 – 9:45 – 17:30
  • Wednesday: 7:45 – 9:45 – 17:30
  • Thursday: 7:45 – 9:45 – 17:30
  • Friday: 7:45 – 9:45 – 17:30
  • Saturday: 7:45 – 9:45 – 17:30
  • Sunday: 9:45 – 17:30

Timetable: Departures from St Barths / Gustavia

  • Monday: 8:30 – 11:00 – 18:45
  • Tuesday: 8:30 – 11:00 – 18:45
  • Wednesday: 8:30 – 11:00 – 18:45
  • Thursday: 8:30 – 11:00 – 18:45
  • Friday: 8:30 – 11:00 – 18:45
  • Saturday: 8:30 – 11:00 – 18:45
  • Sunday: 11:00 – 18:45

The ports you'll be leaving from and arriving at are Bobby’s Marina, Philipsburg, St Maarten and the Gustavia Ferry Dock, Gare Maritime, and St Barths. The crossing takes about 45 minutes.

Things you need to know on this crossing

  • No Hidden Fees – No Extra Luggage or Baggage Charges
  • Passport Required for all Passengers.
  • Check-In closes 45 minutes before departure time. The check-in closes 15 minutes before leaving.
  • The Philipsburg – Gustavia connection on this route sails up to 6 times per day.
  • The duration of this crossing is 45 minutes. However, this can change based on the weather, season, and different ships on the route.
  • St Maarten harbor address: Bobby's Marina – J Yrausquin Blvd 22-H – Philipsburg – St Martin
  • Gustavia harbor address: BP 695 97099 St Barthelemy. Coordinates: 17.8985078543, -62.85039443218.

Our preferred way of booking

The best way to book this ferry is through Great Bay Express Ferry bookings at Directferries, which you can also use on this page. This engine is handy if you want to compare prices. shows all the info needed and has good ratings.

Price and fare of this ferry

We made a test booking from St Martin to St Bart's. And we encountered the following prices for 2 passengers, a return trip.


Which ferry companies sail on this crossing?

The ferry between Philipsburg and Gustavia is currently operated by: Great Bay Express.

How long does the Philipsburg-Gustavia crossing take?

The travel time of the Philipsburg-Gustavia ferry is around: 45 minutes. Please arrive early at the harbor and calculate extra time for check-in and boarding if necessary. How long in advance you need to be present is usually communicated on your ticket or on the website of the ferry operator you sail with.

How often does the Philipsburg-Gustavia ferry sail?

You can usually take the ferry from Philipsburg to Gustavia (or the ferry from Gustavia to Philipsburg) 6 Times per day. Depending on the season, the number of people on the ferry, and the weather forecast, the ferry company can deviate from the timetable/ferry schedule.

What is the distance between Philipsburg and Gustavia?

The distance between Philipsburg and Gustavia is approximately 14 miles or 23 km.

What kind of ID do you need to St Barths?

Visitors from the European Union, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Israel don't need a VISA. A passport, however, is required for this crossing.


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