Ferry Departure Locations
The ferry runs between Helford Passage and Helford Village. (The Budock Vean Hotel, Helford and Porth Navas sailing clubs can also be a ferry pick up/drop off point when the tide allows. Please contact the kiosk to check on 01326 250770 or speak to the ferryman.)
History of the Ferry
The ferry connecting the North and South banks of the Helford River has been running continuously since the Middle Ages. Then, it was a vital link for the communities providing transportation for local produce to the markets in Falmouth. The cart and driver travelled on the ferry and the horse swam along behind!
These days travel is slightly more conventional and the ferry is purely a passenger ferry although bicycles, dogs and pushchairs can all be accommodated.
The ferry operates from Good Friday or 1st April to October 31st. The ferry will run on demand between 9:30 am and 5.00 pm. During July and August, the ferry will run till 9.00pm on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. (Between 5.00pm and 9.00pm, half price tickets will be available if travelling to the Shipwrights Pub.)
Very occasionally, because of extreme weather, we have to cancel the ferry. This is unusual, but if storms are forecast it might be advisable to contact us before your journey.
- Adult: single £4.00; return £6.00
- Under 12′s: single £2.00; return £3.00
- Bicycles: single £2.00; return £4.00
- Babies (i.e. pre-walking age), pushchairs & dogs: free
There are two water taxis available. The Ferry acts as water taxi to/from all boats within the Helford (prices range from £2 to £10 per person depending on location); and we also have a power boat that can accommodate further destinations i.e. Falmouth, Maenporth, etc. The latter needs to be pre-booked with prices agreed in advance. Please contact the kiosk on 01326 250770 or VHF channel 37 or M1.