Ferry on the Rive Tyne

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.  This year we're planning to run trips in August and September - further details will appear here closer to the time.

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.

Travel tools

Our new interactive map

Use our new interactive map to see the next bus, Metro, train and Shields Ferry times from every stop and station in Tyne and Wear and to plan your journey. Bus times are Real-Time where available - which means it's the time the bus is expected to actually leave your stop. Simply click on the map below to start using it.

See FAQs, watch a video guide and send us feedback here.

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