The ferry crosses the River Tywi between the villages of Ferryside and Llansteffan in Carmarthenshire. Journeys can begin in either village. The ferry operates daily during school holidays and at weekends (F,Sa,Su) outside these times.
The service is tidal. Sailings take place two hours either side of high tide between dawn and dusk, weather permitting.
In 2023, the ferry service will only be available for 45 minutes at the beginning and end of each daily operating period. This acknowledges the feedback from passengers who want to spend more time on the opposite side of the river - to visit the castle or to enjoy a walk or meal. Please be there at the start of services to avoid disappointment. You can see details of the current timetable and ticket prices here.
Between these ferry operations the ferry boat will offer bookable boat trips within the estuary. This acknowledges the feedback from passengers who did not get off the ferry but used it for the experience of a short boat trip. Boat trips can be booked here
These operating procedures will be flexible and demand led.
The boarding point for the ferry in both villages will vary according to the state of the tide, wind speed and volunteer availability.
All our shore crew are volunteers. We have insufficient volunteers to have shore crew present at every shift. If you would like to volunteer please email [email protected] with "VOLUNTEER" in the title.
When wind condiitons are suitable and shore crew are present, our presence on the beach will be marked by conspicuous BLUE flags and/or a gazebo with the Carmarthen Bay Ferries sign and logo. On other days, a blackboard or whiteboard will provide details of the service on that day.
See below for directions to departure points, including postcode, Google map link and What3Words.
The ferry meeting point in Llansteffan is at the South end of the beach car park.
Sat Nav postcode: SA33 5LW (continue to car park at the end of the road)
The ferry will depart from the foreshore over the level crossing.
Sat Nav postcode: SA17 5RN (Eva Terrace Car park, opposite level crossing)
The boat has space for up to 5 bicycles which can be carried on the Ferry, subject to space.
Both villages are fantastic destinations for cyclists, being on the National Cycle Route that runs from London through to Fishguard.