Cowes Floating Bridge

Chain Ferry Timetable

Cowes floating bridge

Service Update:

A new passenger launch timetable is in operation between Cowes and East Cowes from 24 February 2017 until May 2017. The launch is available whilst important works can be carried out in preparation for the arrival of the new floating bridge. 

To keep up to date with the latest news and ferry crossing times, please visit the Cowes Floating Bridge website by clicking here.

General Floating Bridge Information

The floating bridge operates 365 days a year and conveys foot passengers and vehicles on the short crossing of a few minutes, across the fast-flowing narrow mouth of the River Medina  between Cowes and East Cowes. The service operates for around 18 hours each day.

It operates Mondays to Saturdays between 5am and 12.30am and on Sundays between 6.40am and 12.30am. 

Books of vouchers are available from Halls Newsagents (East Cowes) and County Hall Reception (Newport).

Please note that the service may be suspended when there are exceptionally high or low tides (spring tides).

To download information on first and last crossings on weekdays and weekends please click here. (PDF,68KB, 1 page).

For information on the Saver Cards and progress on the construction of the replacement bridge please visit

Normally, the floating bridge is taken out of service once a year for maintenance.  During this time a launch service operates for foot passengers only, for more information please click here.(PDF, 58KB, 1 page).