Enjoy the fresh air and incredible views of Liverpool’s skyline with our 10 minute commuter and cross river sailings. Our Commuter Service departs from Pier Head and Seacombe each weekday morning and evening. Cross river services operate all week, and depart from Pier Head and Seacombe.
 
Face coverings must be worn at all times on the ferry and in the terminals to help keep everyone safe. Don’t forget to leave extra time for your journey and keep your distance from your fellow passengers. Find more information and prices on our Current Service Information page.

The iconic Mersey Ferries are an essential part of the Liverpool City Region’s rich and diverse history. Ferries have sailed across the River Mersey for over 800 years, as Benedictine Monks ran the first ferry service from Birkenhead to Liverpool in 1150 AD, taking travellers to the small fishing village of Liverpool on market days.

The ferries also took part in a daring offensive raid in the harbour of Zeebrugge during the first World War in 1918. In recognition of their courageous part in the raid King George V granted permission to add the Royal prefix to their names. Mersey Ferries are owned and operated by Merseytravel, the Executive body that provides professional, strategic and operational transport advice to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to enable it to make informed decisions. It is also the delivery arm, making transport happen.

Mersey Ferries offer a fantastic range of cruises all year round including a 50-minute River Explorer sightseeing cruise, which departs daily from Pier Head, Liverpool calling at Wirral terminals, Seacombe and Woodside, during the trip. Guided by expert commentary throughout the cruise, there is no better way to see the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront and Liverpool’s skyline than from the deck of a Mersey Ferry.

Evening Cruises, fascinating day trips along the Manchester Ship Canal and sightseeing cruises to Liverpool Bay are also set sail throughout the year and give passengers the opportunity to learn more about the North West’s history and experience incredible scenery. 

Sightseeing Cruises

Service Currently Suspended

River Explorer Cruise

Enjoy Liverpool’s ultimate sightseeing experience on our 50-minute daily River Explorer Cruises.

April - October 2021

Manchester Ship Canal Cruise

Experience over 125 years of history on a day cruise along the Manchester Ship Canal.

Weekdays - All year round

Commuters

Taking a Mersey Ferry to work offers a relaxed, healthy way to travel and is the most direct route between Seacombe and Liverpool City Centre.