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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.


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

We run a frequent weekday service between our Woodside terminal and Liverpool's Pier Head, with a journey time of around 10 minutes. As well as offering a unique commute, our service also offers free parking at Woodside if you buy a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly pass.

Visit Merseytravel for information on connections to other public transport services. If you would like to buy a annual or quarterly Commuter tickets, please fill out this form (PDF, 1.99MB) and bring it to a Mersey Ferries terminal.

For the most up-to-date information regarding changes to Mersey Ferries timetabled services please call 0151 330 1003.

If you would like regular updates on the ferry services you can sign up for text alerts. Please text FERRY to 81025 to be added to the Commuter Club and receive free text messages when there is a disruption to the ferry sailings. To 'sign up' or 'stop' Mersey Ferry Commuter Club alerts, each text will cost 8p, network rates may apply.

COVID-19 information

Weekday Commuter Service will operate between 07:20am – 09:50am and 17:00pm - 18:50pm.

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

The same timetable that was used at Seacombe will apply to commuter services at Woodside. Commuters who pay for weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly passes will also still benefit from free parking at Woodside.

Find out more about the temporary closure of Seacombe terminal closure online.

To help keep everyone safe we’ve introduced enhanced cleaning measures and installed hand sanitiser stations on the ferry and at our terminals. Please remember to keep a safe distance from others at our terminals, on the linkspan and on the ferry. To help you with this we’ve also introduced a one-way system at the terminals.  

Don’t forget your face covering. You’ll need to wear it for your entire visit, at our terminals, on the linkspan and on the ferry. Children under the age of 11 and passengers with exemptions will not need to wear a face covering.


From Woodside First Journey   Last Journey
Morning Commuter 07:20 then every 20 minutes until 09:40
Evening Commuter 17:10 then every 20 minutes until 18:30


From Pier Head First Journey   Last Journey
Morning Commuter 07:30 then every 20 minutes until 09:30
Evening Commuter 17:00 then every 20 minutes until 18:40


If you’re thinking of using the ferry then please be aware that social distancing measures will be in place, so you need to plan your journey in advance and leave more time for your journey.

We’re asking customers to pay by contactless/card payments and don’t forget you can use the ticket machines at the terminals - this is to protect both you and our staff.

It’s also important practice good hygiene – avoid touching surfaces, your face, and wash your hands properly both before and after your journey.

Please note - face coverings must be worn at all times on the ferry and in the terminals.

Ticket Prices

Adult (Single) £2.80
Adult (Return) £3.70
Child (Single) 5-15 £1.40
Child (Return) 5-15 £1.85
Weekly £15.00
Monthly £63.00
Quarterly (3 months) £158.00
Annual £545.00