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.

*Please note that from Monday 29th October 2018 the Sandbanks to Shell Beach Ferry will be undergoing maintenance work and will be out of action for four to six weeks. So we would recommend that when planning your journey you allow an extra 20 minutes to drive around the bay.* For more information please visit www.sandbanksferry.co.uk

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.