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Commuter Services depart each weekday morning and evening and operate between 07:20 – 09:50am and 5pm - 6:50pm.

River Explorer Cruises are back! We can’t wait to see you again. Cruises sail between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and SundayCruises depart Pier Head, Liverpool on the hour and Woodside, Wirral at twenty past the hour. Due to major roadworks in Liverpool City Centre, please allow extra time if you’re departing from Pier Head.  

We’ve introduced timed tickets on our River Explorer Cruises, so you’ll need to book online before you set sail.  

All services will sail from Pier Head and Woodside terminals, whilst Seacombe is closed for major refurbishment work.  

Face coverings must be worn at all times on the ferry and in the terminals. Remember to keep a safe distance from other passengers and check in with the QR codes to comply with track and trace legislation. Find more information and prices on our Current Service Information page.

Due to a reduced service, ashes scatterings are suspended until further notice. We are continuing to monitor this service in line with government guidance. 

If you are looking for somewhere to scatter the ashes of a loved one, Mersey Ferries can help.

We offer you the opportunity to scatter ashes over the River Mersey from a dedicated area aboard a Mersey Ferry. This is available every day at the following times:

10.00am and 11.00am sailings from Pier Head, Liverpool
10:30am and 11.30am sailings from Woodside, Birkenhead

The area for ashes scatterings is not open to the general public, so you must book in advance.

During the 50-minute cruise, at the Captain’s discretion, the engines will be stopped and you will have approximately 3 - 5 minutes to scatter the ashes and to say a few words, if you wish. Once you have scattered the ashes, the engines will be restarted and the River Explorer Cruise will continue. One of our crew members will assist you with the scattering.

You can bring flowers to be cast into the river but you must remove all plastic and wrapping. Tributes, memorabilia and urns must be biodegradable.

We do not charge an additional fee for ashes scatterings, but each member of the group needs to buy a River Explorer Cruise ticket, which is £11.00 for adults, £9.50 for concessions and £7.00 for children (aged 5-15). Payment will be taken on the day at the ferry terminal. Ashes scatterings cannot be booked online.

The area for ashes scatterings comfortably holds up to 20 people, larger parties will be accommodated around the sides of the ferry.  

If you would like to leave your contact details with a member of our team please email and a member of the team will be in touch as soon as we are able to provide this service again.

We are writing to thank everyone involved with Mersey Ferries for their support, care and kindness for our family and friends who gathered to scatter our mother Olive’s ashes from the Royal Iris last Sunday. The crew were simply wonderful, and it made the moment even more moving and memorable for us. Thank you!

Lois and Jane