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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.

Give your event the wow factor and impress your guests as you cruise past the UNESCO world Heritage Waterfront, on your very own Mersey Ferry for the night.

Our historic vessels are available for exclusive hire, so whether it’s a birthday party, wedding reception, product launch or a night out for your friends and family, we can help. You can hire the Royal Iris of the Mersey with her traditional black, white and red livery or the UK’s only operating Dazzle Ship ‘Snowdrop’ (subject to availability).

Our ferries are available for private hire from 7.30pm throughout the week. The price to charter the vessel starts at £1,750 Monday to Thursday and £3,600 Friday to Sunday. The maximum capacity is up to 300 passengers. Our flexible catering team can prepare a range of options for your guests: from a simple, yet delicious finger buffet; to canapés, a superb fork buffet or hot food such as their famous Scouse dish. Bars are available on both decks with a good selection of alcoholic and soft drinks to keep your guests refreshed.

The Mersey Ferries team is on hand to help plan and organise your event, and can also help you to find top quality local tribute bands, DJs, photobooths and much more. Alternatively, you can bring your own entertainment on board at no extra charge.

Find out more about hosting your event on a Mersey Ferry by contacting us at 

Bride and Groom- Hayley and John

“We had the most wonderful wedding reception. From the attentive staff on board, the food, drink, band, cakes and decorations all made possible thanks to the seamless planning and arranging by the Mersey Ferries team."

Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find frequently asked questions about the boat hire. If you can't find an answer to your question, please feel free to call our team on 0151 330 1444 or email

Please note VAT may apply to the charter fee.