Jet Express {Review}

Jet Express {Review}

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of large bodies of water or boats or not being able to leave whenever I want…But when you want to go from Sandusky, Ohio, to Put-in-Bay which is on South Bass Island in Lake Erie? Your choices are limited. Luckily, I rode the Jet Express, and had a great (and fast) ride through the lake!


The Jet Express is a series of four high-speed passenger-only catamarans that travel to Put-in-Bay village on South Bass Island and Kelleys Island. The Jet Express departs from downtown Port Clinton and Sandusky, Ohio, providing convenient, direct service to downtown Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island.

The Jet Express provides a smooth, swift voyage to the islands. The journey from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay covers 12.5 miles and lasts 25 minutes. Departing from Sandusky, the trip covers 18.5 miles and lasts 45 minutes. Both routes place you in the heart of historic downtown Put-in-Bay. Service to Kelleys Island is available from the Sandusky dock. The Jet Express is the only ferry to offer late-night weekend service off Put-in-Bay; night owls can experience the Put-in-Bay night life and board the Jet Express through 12:15AM or later. Check the schedule for details.

The Jet Express guarantees you first-class service while onboard. Riding on Lake Erie’s only catamaran ferry, you will experience a sleek, stylish, and comfortable journey to your destination. In either our cushioned passenger lounges or our open-air decks, you can enjoy scenic views of Lake Erie and all 12 US islands, as well as several Canadian islands.

This is one super fast and smooth boat ride! It’s a two story deal, with the top being open and it has many benches to sit and enjoy the view as you cruise through Lake Erie. Then the lower deck (which is actually the main level) is inside, with booths, tables, and single seats.

We chose a few booths so we could finish our breakfast on the way to Put-in-Bay and had the windows open. The lake breeze felt lovely and the kids could safely sit on their knees and check out the view without leaning over the edge.

There is a bathroom on this level as well in case you need it. Plus there are no stairs to get on and off the boat and stay on this level, which is great for wheelchairs, crutches, etc.

Some of us ventured to the top deck and sat in the wind and sunshine. It was absolutely beautiful and I got to hold my guy as we enjoyed the warm sun while we raced through Lake Erie.

I found the crew to be very nice and patient, answering questions and making sure the safety checks were completed before and after we would dock.

The ride wasn’t bumpy at all since it’s a large boat; aside from the noise of the engine and the scenery, you could really forget that you were on a ferry!

Food and drinks are welcome, and the tables make it nice to either enjoy your meal on board or work, read, whatever you need to do to pass the time. They have a great schedule, especially during peak season, so make sure you know when and where you need to be in order to ride on Jet Express between the islands and the mainland.

The Jet Express is definitely the way to get to the different islands, and they also offer other adventures and special late night trips on Friday and Saturday nights during the peak season. Be sure to check out the online schedule as well as purchase your tickets in advance. You can also get up to date information through their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Disclaimer: I visited here as part of a media tour through Lake Erie Shores & Islands. Make sure you visit their webpage if you’re visiting for wonderful ideas and savings! Thank you Lake Erie Shores & Islands!


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