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Ferries and Water Taxis
The Fal Mussel Card is a money-saving transport card that lets you enjoy unlimited travel between Truro, Falmouth, the Roseland and the Helford. It makes your journey's easy, affordable and it's all car-free! Hop-on, hop-off travel on the network of ferries, rural bus services and trains that connect the many places to visit around the river and includes the free parking at Falmouth Park and Float at Ponsharden when you buy a 1 day card. Mussel Card holders can take advantage of a range of offers and discounts at attractions, castles, shops, cafes and gardens. All Mussel Cards are also valid as a Discount Shopper card in Falmouth.
St. Mawes Ferry
The St. Mawes Ferry departs from the port of Falmouth to St. Mawes 7 days a week throughout the year taking in the wonderful scenery of the Carrick Roads and takes just 20 minutes. The 2.8 mile journey saves a 29 mile road journey and passes the St. Mawes & Pendennis castles, the working docks of Falmouth, Black Rock, which is an isolated shipping hazard, and possibly the dolphins and basking sharks that visit the harbour on a regular basis. The ferries depart every hour during the winter months and up to four times an hour in the summer. Three boats make up the fleet - Duchess of Cornwall, May Queen and Queen of Falmouth, there is under-cover seating in case of bad weather and each ferry can carry up to 100 passengers. For more information and bookings telephone 01326 741194.
King Harry Car Ferry
The King Harry Car Ferry connects St. Mawes and the Roseland Peninsula with Feock, Truro and Falmouth avoiding a car journey of 27 miles, the route is from Feock to Philleigh, 7 days a week all year round and is accompanied by the clink of the chains and the glorious Fal River views. The distance is 300 metres and the sailing time is just 10 minutes. It is one of only five chain ferries in England and departs every 20 minutes from each side. The old King Harry Ferry boat was in service for 32 years, travelled 128,000 miles - which is just over five times around the world. The new ferry has a glass side, chain viewing windows and touch screen information display.
The Place Ferry runs a regular service between St. Mawes to St. Anthony's Head 7 days a week from March 17th to November 2nd. It is a distance of half a mile and takes 10 minutes and forms an integral part of the South West Coast Path, saving walkers at least an extra day's walking. Outside of peak season and when not busy, the Place Ferry can operate as a water taxi, taking you from your mooring to shore. There is a second boat for peak times which means less queues and more trips during busy periods.
Falmouth Water Taxi
Falmouth Water Taxi is based in Falmouth harbour and runs from March to the end of October and offers an on-demand service with a fully equipped, purpose-built covered boat called 'Boy Joe' and the latest addition is 'Boy Joshua'. You decide where to go, when to go and when to come back. We will pick you up or drop you off at waterside pubs and restaurants, your mooring or berth, yacht and sailing clubs, stretches of the coastal footpaths or beautiful waterside villages. We will also be your transport for your wedding or special occasion and we will decorate the boats and provide music if required.
St. Mawes Water Taxi
St. Mawes Water Taxi is an on demand water taxi service to a range of locations around the Fal River from St. Mawes and operates on the same system as a road taxi, we take you where you want to go, when you want to go on a fast RIB. Fast boat trips are available to Falmouth (out of St. Mawes Ferry hours), Penryn, St. Just, Mylor, Pandora Inn, Trelissick Gardens, Smuggler's Cottage and The Helford River, more fun than a bus and never a traffic jam!
The Helford Ferry is open 7 days a week and runs between Helford Passage and Helford Village and connects the North and South banks of the Helford River. The ferry operates from Good Friday or April 1st to October 31st and takes passengers, bicycles, dogs and pushchairs. The Budock Vean Hotel, Helford and Porth Navas sailing clubs can also be a ferry pick up or drop off point when the tide allows. At Helford Passage the ferry leaves from a movable pontoon on the beach in front of the pub and at Helford Village, the ferry leaves from a jetty at the end of Helford Point. There are two water taxis available - The Ferry acts as water taxi to and from all boats within the Helford and there is also a power boat that can take you further afield. Booking is required and prices agreed in advance for the Water Taxis.
The Flushing Ferry runs throughout the year, subject to weather and tidal conditions, and links the fishing village of Flushing and the Port of Falmouth. It is a family run business and operates to and from the Prince of Wales Pier in Falmouth and Flushing Quay.
The Enterprise fleet sail up to six times a day between Truro and the ports of Falmouth or St. Mawes harbour along the beautifull banks of the Fal River. Boats run approximately every two hours weekdays but vary due to tidal conditions in Truro. Sunday sailings will be different but their website gives all the information. The boats call at Prince of Wales Pier Falmouth, St. Mawes, Trelissick Gardens, Truro and Malpas. The fleet consists of Enterprise I, II and III, are all similar spec boats with the traditional Enterprise livery of light blue, red and white, each measures approximately 60ft. long and each boat can take over 120 passengers.
The Bodinnick to Fowey car ferry provides access between mid and East Cornwall, and operates throughout the year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day although a passenger service is available on Boxing and New Year's Day. For walkers it provides access to the Hall Walk starting or ending in Bodinnick. The ferry carries up to 15 cars and is a continuous service leaving every 10 to 15 minutes during hours of operation. The ferry also carries foot passengers, cycles, motor homes, mini buses and small lorries up to a maximum of 10 tonnes. We cannot carry coaches. To access the ferry from Fowey follow the signs from the roundabout on the outskirts of the town to the car ferry or make your way to Caffa Mill Car Park and the slipway is next to the car park. From the East follow the signs for Bodinnick or Fowey via Ferry and as you approach Bodinnick you will see the warning signs for the ferry queue.
Fowey to Mevagissey Passenger Ferry
The Fowey to Mevagissey Passenger Ferry runs from Lighthouse Quay which is approximately 400 metres from the village centre. At low water it is necessary to negotiate a fairly long flight of steps but the crew will assist less mobile passengers if required. This service operates from the end of April to October 1st, 7 days a week and the crossing time is approximately 35 minutes, weather permitting. Cycles can be taken by prior arrangement and well-behaved dogs can travel free-of-charge.
Fowey Water Taxi
The Fowey Water Taxi operates a daily service from Easter to the end of September on the beautiful River Fowey. A weekend only service operates throughout October. You can be transported from your vessel to Fowey, Polruan or Penmarlam Quay safely. Advance bookings are not taken so contact can be made on Channel 6 or 07774 906730 five minutes before you require a pick-up, allowing a little longer during peak times. The taxi is available for private charter and has been used by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Denham Productions in various TV and photography projects.
The Polruan Ferry operates a continuous daily service between Polruan and Fowey, apart from Christmas Day, departing each side of the harbour approximately every 10 to 15 minutes. This service provides an essential link across Fowey harbour and also gives access to popular local walks such as Hall Walk and the South West Coast Footpath. Dogs, bicycles and pushchairs are all welcome but be aware the ferry is accessed by steps at each landing point - the staff will assist with pushchairs wherever possible. At Polruan the ferry departs from the Quay. During the winter months and summer evenings, the service runs to Town Quay in the centre of Fowey. During the summer months, the daytime service runs to Whitehouse slipway which is situated on the Esplanade and a few minutes' walk from Fowey's main shopping street.
Falmouth Park & Float/Ride
To save congestion and pollution in the town of Falmouth you can park at Ponsharden and hop aboard one of the ferries and enjoy an informative commentary on your way to Falmouth. Ferries depart from the car park every 20 minutes and gives visitors the opportunity to see Falmouth from the river whilst enjoying a trip on a classic ferry. Buses also depart every 20 minutes and they go direct to Falmouth's High Street and Prince of Wales Pier. If you fancy a leisurely trip down the Penryn River to Falmouth's Custom House Quay you can. Sailing time into Falmouth from Ponsharden is only 10 minutes. This service runs from May 9th to September 28th and there are 500 car parking spaces. If you have bought a 1 day Fal Mussel Card you get FREE ALL DAY PARKING here. Ponsharden Park & Float/Ride is on the B3292.
Padstow to Rock
The Padstow to Rock Ferry is called 'Black Tor Ferry' and is a passenger ferry which crosses the tidal River Camel in North Cornwall and carries pedestrians and cyclists only. The ferry runs daily throughout the summer during daylight hours at 20 minute intervals but only Monday to Saturday in the winter and will depart from one of two points in Padstow depending on the tides, either the pier or at low tide the slip. The journey takes approximately 5 to 10 minutes saving a road journey of at least 30 minutes. On big spring tides you may disembark at Daymer Bay.
Rock Water Taxi
The Rock Water Taxi operates an evening service between Rock and Padstow on the Camel Estuary in North Cornwall and is a 10m twin jet-powered catamaran with undercover accommodation and heating and is fully licensed for 12 passengers. The service runs from Easter until the end of October. No need to book as it is an on-demand continuous service and subject to weather and tides. The taxi departs from the ferry point on Rock beach and lands in Padstow normally at the south slip but the skipper will advise you at the time. Bicycles and dogs are carried at the discretion of the skipper.
Cremyll Ferry, Torpoint
The Cremyll Ferry at Torpoint in South East Cornwall has been there for more than 1000 years and links Cornwall and Devon crossing the River Tamar in approximately 8 minutes on the 'Northern Belle'. The Ferry runs every day throughout the year except Christmas, Boxing and New Year's Day, Sunday service applies on all Bank Holidays. Dogs on leads are allowed but must be under control at all times and are the responsibility of their Owners. The Cremyll Ferry is on the door step of Mount Edgcumbe Park as well as Kingsand and Cawsand which are unspoilt Cornish seaside villages on the Rame Peninsular, Whitsand Bay with its miles of sand and spectacular coastal walks, the South West Coast Path National Trail is close to hand and Plymouth and the Barbican is a city steeped in history. Plymouth is most famed as the place where the Pilgrim Fathers set off to conquer America, Drake playing boules on Plymouth Hoe when he was informed that the Spanish Armada were on their way to invade England and last but not least Francis Chichester who sailed from Plymouth on Gipsy Moth 1V and returned there 226 days later having circumnavigated the globe in 1967.