About Shields Ferry

A couple sitting on board the ferry

Nexus runs the only remaining passenger ferry service on the River Tyne today which connects the local communities of North and South Tyneside.

Our current fleet consists of two vessels, the Pride of the Tyne and the Spirit of the Tyne.  Only one ferry is used for passenger service. This operates a regular 30 minute frequency from each side of the river, seven days a week. The crossing itself only takes 7 minutes.  Our full timetable can be found by clicking on this link Timetable | nexus.org.uk

Local buses also serve the ferry landings either side of the river, providing an easy connection for onward travel to farther destinations, and Metro stations are located nearby which can take you into the heart of the city centres.  To find out how to get to the ferry landings click on this link Ferry landings | nexus.org.uk

Our second vessel is used for Private Hire events or summer river trips* (*not currently operating @ 2022).  Features of the two ferries can be found by clicking on this link Features of the two ferries | nexus.org.uk

Both ferries are fully accessible, click on this link Safety and accessibility | nexus.org.uk to find out more.

Around 400,000 passenger journeys are made on the ferry each year (pre-Covid).

Ferry history

There has been a cross-Tyne ferry service between North and South Shields since around the 14th century.  

Historical information dating as far back as 1377 can be found in our Ferry history section by clicking on this link Ferry history | nexus.org.uk

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