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Topsham Ferry

December 2021: It is now mandatory to wear face masks on public transport.
Please wear face masks on the ferry, for further passenger safety we have reintroduced 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.


  • Sat 1 January 2022 - CLOSED New Year's Day
  • Sun 2 - CLOSED
  • Sat 8 Jan - CLOSED due to a mechanical fault
  • Sun 9 Jan - CLOSED due to a mechanical fault
  • Sat 15 Jan - 1.00 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Sun 16 Jan - 1.45 pm to 4.30 pm
  • Sat 22 Jan - 9.30 am to 1.30 pm
  • Sun 23 Jan - 9.30 am to 2.00 pm
  • Sat 29 Jan - 11.45 am to 5.00 pm
  • Sun 30 Jan - 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Please note that these operating dates and times are subject to weather conditions.



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.



One way fare £1.30 per person (under 5 years old free)

Dogs, bicycles, pushchairs etc 70p

Water Taxi to other vessels (at Ferryman’s discretion) £5.00

(Customers with electric bicycles may have to wait to be taken separately to other passengers if ferry is busy)

When this content has been updated

Last updated 5 January 2022