Welcome to the Shields Ferry

The Shields Ferry operates a daily passenger service across the river Tyne which connects the local communities of North and South Shields.

With its regular 30 minute frequency and 7 minute river crossing time, the ferry is a quick and easy way to travel, whether you’re commuting to work, visiting friends or just out shopping for the day.  Local buses also serve the ferry landings either side of the river, providing an easy connection for onward travel.  Metro stations are also located nearby which can take you into the heart of the city centres.

River trips 
Trips along the River Tyne also run during the summer months.  There are many different types of trip to choose from with something for the whole family to enjoy.

Private hire
Private events can also be held on board the ferry for parties, fundraising (or other money-making initiatives), corporate hospitality, birthdays, weddings... or for any other special occasion.

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myJourney is an interactive map that shows you the next bus and Metro times from every stop and station in Tyne and Wear, by searching on a map. It also includes Shields Ferry crossings times.

Our interactive myJourney map gives you detailed information at every stage of your journey. Launch the myJourney map >

Plan a journey using bus, Metro, local rail or the Shields Ferry. Simply enter a postcode, town, village, suburb, place of interest, bus stop or Metro station.

Click here to plan your journey.