Guide to ferry

Cyclist on bridge

Bikes and Scooters on board the ferry

Bikes can be carried on board the Shields Ferry free of charge. 

Electric scooters and electric unicycles - These are NOT permitted on Metro stations or trains or on the Shields Ferry at any time.

Covid-19 - guidance for cyclists

In line with Government guidelines cyclists are being advised distancing measures mean there is currently a limit of ten 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.

All passengers must wear a face covering. Find out more here


Under normal circumstances, if a group of cyclists plan to use the ferry together (eg for a charity bike ride), the ferry can accommodate about 16 bikes. Please notify us by contacting Customer Services in advance at

Important Note:  riding your bike on the ferry landings can cause a danger to other passengers.  In the interests of passenger safety you must dismount your bike on the approach to the ferry landings.  You may only mount your bike again when you have reached the road/cycle path on the other side of the river.


Dogs on board the ferry

Dogs can travel free on the Shields Ferry.  For reasons of health and safety please ensure your dog is kept on a lead and is under control at all times.

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