Sandbanks to Shell Beach Ferry Information

Current Timetable

Runs at the same schedule every day of the year except Christmas Day. Weather and other circumstances permitting.

Crossing Time: 4 Minutes

Leaving Sandbanks (Poole/Bournemouth Side)

Operation Starts: 7am
Leaves every 20 Minutes i.e. 7am, 7.20am, 7.40am, 8am and so on…
Operation Ends: 11pm

Leaving Shell Bay (Studland/Swanage Side)

Operation Starts: 7.10am
Leaves at 30, 50 & 10 minutes after each hour until 2310 ie. 7.30am, 7.50am, 8.10am and so on...
Operations Ends: 11.10pm

During busy periods they operate a shuttle service to clear any queues.

Christmas Day Schedule

Leaving Sandbanks (Poole/Bournemouth Side)

Operation Starts: 8am
Leaves every 30 Minutes i.e. 8am, 8.30am, 9am, 9.30am and so on…
Operation Ends: 6pm

Leaving Shell Bay (Studland/Swanage Side)

Operation Starts: 8.10am
Leaves every 30 Minutes i.e. 8.10am, 8.40am, 9.10am, 9.40am and so on…
Operation Ends: 6.10pm

Tolls

Pedestrians (one way charge only, from Sandbanks)

£1.00

Pedal or Motor Cycle

£1.00

Car or Light Van/Most Camper Vans ( up to 3500 Kg maximum operating weight ) minibuses up to 17 seats

£4.10

Goods Vehicle with a maximum operating weight of more than 3500 Kg. Toll includes VAT at the applicable rate

£8.20

Bus or Coach (with 18 or more seats inc. driver)

£8.20

  • Toll prices valid from 1st April 2016 - 1st April 2017
  • Vehicles not specified above will be charged at the rate applicable for the nearest similar vehicle. Vehicles towing will be charged double the normal toll.
  • The charges for vehicles include all passengers in, or on, the vehicle. Vehicle passengers who board the ferry on foot will be classed as pedestrians and charged the pedestrian rate.
  • Advanced bookings are not accepted and queuing can occur at busy periods.
  • They cannot accept debit or credit cards.
  • Discounted rates are available when buying in bulk numbers from their website.