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Topsham Ferry

Face coverings are no longer required by law. The government suggests that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces where you may come into contact with other people you do not normally meet.
You may wish to continue to wear face masks on the ferry, and for further passenger safety we continue the policy of a maximum of six customers to travel on the ferry.
We continue to have hand sanitiser on board and regular cleaning of hand rails etc is still being carried out.
Thank you for your time in this and please be patient should passenger queues occur.

Exeter City Council Topsham Ferry (by Passage House, Ferry Road)

Our ferry runs across the river Exe, between the landing in Ferry Road at Topsham, and Topsham Lock on the western bank of the river.

Please note: The Exeter City Council Service is separate to the Topsham to Turf Ferry which runs independently

The weather forecast may lead to postponement or cancellation of ferry service. If in doubt please ring the ferry phone during the advertised times:

Payments for use of the ferry can be made on board using contactless cards or cash.


Dear Customers

Thank you for using our service during 2022 and we look forward to seeing you on the Topsham Ferry during 2023.

From January 2nd until the end of March 2023 the ferry will close down for maintenance & essential repairs.

The ferry will start operating again on Saturday 1st April 2023, the dates and times of operation will be advertised on the Exeter city website, the Exeter Port Authority Facebook page and on the ferry notice boards either side of the river at Topsham.

John Kent

Topsham Ferryman



The ferry runs across the river Exe, between the landing in Ferry Road, Topsham, and the western bank of the river by Topsham Lock Cottage. There is no road access to Topsham Lock but it is on the Exe Estuary Trail cycling and walking route.

The ferryman can be contacted during advertised operating times on 07801 203338.



  • Single fare £1.50 per person (under 5 years old free)
  • Return fare £3.00 per person (under 5 years old free)
  • Bicycles 80p
  • Dogs and pushchairs free

We accept contactless card payment and cash.

Due to cargo weight restrictions a maximum of 6 pedal power bicycles or 4 battery powered bicycles can be carried at any one time.

When this content has been updated

Last updated 3 January 2023