Put-in-Bay is not too big, and it is relativly flat, so a bicycle is an excellent mode of transportation. There are bicycle rentals near the bay. If you are there with your sweetie, rent a tandem. "You'll look sweet, upon the seat of a bicycle built for two."
Bicycle security: Note the dog!!
If you are with friends, or want to explore more of the island, electric carts are for hire. These battery powered vehicles range from your standard golf cart, sedan for more people, or even a sporty looking model, for you hipsters.
Golf carting aaround this island is a great way of getting around, you can hire one for $50(for a 2 seater) for the entire day (you have to return it by 7:45 pm). It is convenient and easy and the traffic/parking rules that apply are the same that apply to your car! So have fun! You can even get a 4 seater or an 8 seater!
Okay so we took the Miller Ferry and decided to use the bus to get downtown. it is $2.50 a person and drops you off at the bus depot at the biginning of the street. If you are visiting put-in-bay for the day it may be the way to go, but walking crowded street with tons of luggage and a cooler is no fun. Next time I will take a cab and pay the extra .50 a person
I was not going to rent a golf cart because the island is so small you can walk the whole thing, but I am glad I did. They are fun and definitely worthe the money. The websites say reservations are required but your sure to find one if you do not have a reservation. The first day we rented an electric one. NEVER AGAIN. It was so slow walkers passed us. The next day we went for gas and it was much better. It was cool and definitely worth the money. Some people even had carseats in the golf carts - funny
Passenger ferry service is provided by the Jet Express from downtown Port Clinton to downtown Put-in-Bay. The boat line's jet-powered catamarans are the fastest ferry boats in North America and make the trip to the island in 22 minutes. The weekday fare is $10 one way for adults and $1.50 for children ages 5 to 12. Those under 5 ride free. The fare is $10 each way for adults on weekends and holidays. An evening discount rate of $15 round-trip, excluding Saturdays and holidays, is available after 3:45 PM. Take your bicycle for $2.50 more. Group rates and charters are also available.
Miller Boat Line
Miller Boat Line provides service for passengers and vehicles from Catawba Island. Miller's large auto-passenger ferries make the trip from Catawba to the southern shore of South Bass Island in 18 minutes. Fare is $5.00 each way for adults, $1 for children ages 6 to 11, under age 6 ride free. Cars and vans are transported for $10 each way, and bicycles, $2. Group rates and charters are available. Miller also offers passenger and vehicle service to Middle Bass Island. Adult fare is $5.50 each way, children ages 6 to 11 ride for $1.50 and the charge for cars and vans is $13 each way. Bicycle fare is $2.
The Put-in-Bay Township Port Authority operates a year-round airport on South Bass Island. The island is serviced by airlines from Sandusky and Port Clinton. Landing and departure are prohibited at the airfield from dusk to dawn because the runway is not illuminated. A paved parking area is available for pilots and there is a parking fee. All pilots need to check into the office before leaving the field.
One of the best ways to see all of Put-in-Bay is aboard the Tour Train. This narrated tour of the island departs from the Depot and the Jet Express dock downtown. The tour lasts one hour and stops at many island attractions along its route. By simply keeping half of your ticket you can exit and rejoin the tour at any time. Adults $8, Kids: ages 6-11, $1.50, under 6 free.
Bicycles can be rented on or near both boat docks. Rates are from $3 per hour and $9 per day. Tandems are rented for $6 per hour $18 per day. Island Bike Rental (45) located at both docks.
Golf Cart Rental
Mini-cars, or golf carts, can be rented also. Rates range from $8 to $20 per hour depending on the size of the cart. Some rentals offer daily rates. Cart rentals are offered at or near both boat docks, airport, downtown and near South Bass Island State Park.
Take a taxi anywhere on Put-in-Bay for $3 per person.
My family and I planned a Sunday trip to the island taking the Miller Ferry. We took the bus todowntown Put-In-Bay which was fine the gentleman driving was kind and informative, but our return trip with "Uncle Buck" was terrible, I thought he provoked two passengers with statements like. I wonder what it would be like for a bus to hit one of these golf cart. The passengers sitting near my grandchildrens began using the "F" word agreeing with the drive to see who far they would fly if hit by the bus. I'd had enough and told them to stop it there were small children on this bus. Too sad, next time we will take a cab if Uncle Bucks is driving
We went to Put-in-Bay and rented a golf cart from Delaware Golf Carts http://www.putinbayrentals.com and we were able to reserve our golf cart on line before we even got there. Good thing we did as the carts were pretty much gone when we arrived but ours was there waiting for us.
We also found a hotel called the Put-in-Bay Resort http://www.putinbayresort.com that rented them as well.
If you are planning on staying near the bay, or, if you are planning on drinking, you only need your two feet. Many people just enjoy the "town" part of the island, it has many diversions.
There are two ferries from the mainland, one carries cars, which are unnecessary on the island, and is slow. /or/ You can take the Jet Express and in just twenty minutes you will be in Put-in-Bay.
Put-in-Bay does have an air strip. You can hire a bi-wing to take you to and from the mainland. This is the most stylish way to get here.