Travelling on the Shields Ferry

Ferry scene with rainbow

We want you to feel comfortable and secure when you need to travel on the Shields Ferry.  So we are:

  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting the ferries.  
  • Providing guidance and information to help you maintain social distance.
  • Instructing our crew to monitor how many people are on board to stop the ferry becoming too busy.
  • Ensuring we meet the Government’s covid-secure standard for public transport.

Government advice remains that you should avoid using public transport if possible - consider walking, cycling and the car as an alternative. 

The Shields Ferry is running a revised timetable:

Monday-Saturday
The ferry is running to a normal 30 minute frequency between 6:45am and 7:30pm. The first ferry leaves South Shields at 6:45am and the last ferry leaves North Shields at 7:30pm.

Later evening crossings normally timetabled to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings are suspended until further notice. 

Sunday 
The ferry is running to the normal timetable, and a 30 minute frequency, with the first ferry leaving South Shields 10.15am and the last ferry leaving North Shields at 6.00pm.

Only card payments are currently accepted. 

Cyclists are advised distancing measures mean there is currently a limit of four bikes, per crossing, allowed on board vessels.  People travelling in groups may be asked to wait for later crossings, and should use the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycling Tunnel as an alternative.

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If you need to travel on the Shields Ferry, please follow these guidelines to help everyone stay safe:

Ferry 2mStay 2 metres apart where you can
Ferry face covering

Wear a face covering - this is now compulsory.

Find out more here. 

Ferry pop or contactlessUse a Pop card or pay by contactless
Ferry let people offLet people get off the ferry before you try to get on
Ferry hand washWash or sanitise your hands regularly
Ferry peak timesAvoid travelling at peak times if possible
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