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Woolwich Ferry

It's free and carries pedestrians, cyclists, cars, vans and lorries.

The ferry is operated by Briggs Marine and Environmental on behalf of TfL.

Changes to services

The ferry will be run by TfL from 2021. So we can improve our mooring equipment and train staff, we will:

  • Run one boat instead of two
  • Close the service from 2-8 January
  • Re-open with one boat on 9 January
  • Run two boats from later in January

People walking and cycling can use the foot tunnel as an alternative (cyclists must dismount).

Check planned closures and live service information on our status updates page.

Operating hours

Monday to Saturday and public holidays

  • From 07:00 to 19:00

One boat runs approximately every 20-25 minutes throughout the day.


  • From 11:30 to 19:30

One boat runs approximately every 20-25 minutes throughout the day.

Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

There is no service on 25 and 26 December or on 1 January.

Tides and weather

The Woolwich Ferry is not usually affected by tidal conditions, but we sometimes need to suspend the service when there is an extremely high tide.

We suspend the service when there is dense fog in the area.

Vehicle restrictions

Maximum size

Maximum height: 4.7 metres or 15.5 feet
Maximum width: 3.5 metres or 11.5 feet

Dangerous goods

Vehicles displaying Hazchem signs are prohibited.

The International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code contains a list of dangerous or harmful substances known as the Dangerous Goods List. Any vehicle or trailer carrying any substance specified in the Dangerous Goods List will not be allowed on the Woolwich Ferry.

This excludes any fuel that is contained in the tanks of the vehicle and is used for moving the vehicle or operating its equipment.