Cowes Floating Bridge

Chain Ferry Timetable

Floating bridge No. 6

Service Update:

Following an approach from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) regarding the teething issues encountered by the floating bridge when it entered service the service is currently suspended.

The Council is working closely with the ship builder and liaising with the MCA to ensure that all issues are satisfactorily resolved in order for the bridge to resume in service.

During this period the launch service will be in operation. 

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. 

Saver Cards are available from Halls Convenience Store, ferry Road, East Cowes and SpyVelo, Medina road, Cowes.

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 Floating Bridge 6 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).