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

Cross-river services will recommence from Monday 12 April, and will sail from 10am-4pm Monday to Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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. Find more information and prices on our Current Service Information page.

Enjoy a 50-minute River Explorer Cruise on the world famous Mersey Ferry, and see incredible views of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.

Our on board commentary highlights the River Mersey’s key landmarks as well as their history, so the cruise is the perfect mix of fun and education for your class.

River Explorer Cruises depart every day, on the hour from Pier Head and also stop at Woodside Ferry Terminal on the 50-minute round trip.

Advanced booking is required for your trip on the ferry, and we offer one free teacher per 6 paying children

River Explorer Cruise (includes U-boat Story)


U-boat Story (only)


We have two Mersey Ferries; the Royal Iris of the Mersey in traditional black, white and red livery and the Dazzle Ferry, the only operating Dazzle Ship in the UK. The eye-catching design was created by Sir Peter Blake as part of the First World War commemorations.

To book your trip call 0151 330 1420 (Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm) or email

U-boat Story

Your River Explorer Cruise tickets also include free entrance to U-boat Story at Woodside Ferry Terminal, so you can make a day of your trip.

A visit to U-boat Story will give children an amazing insight into life on board a real German submarine through U-boat Story’s interactive and audio-visual exhibits.

Don’t forget to download lessons plans for Key Stages 2 and 3, so your class can learn more about the history of U-534 and what life was like on board for the crew.

U-boat Educational Resource (PDF, 1.30MB)

Perfect Sightseeing Experience

If you want to give your class the ultimate sightseeing tour of Liverpool why not book a Do the Double package.

Your class will hop on board the Mersey Ferry for a 50-minute River Explorer Cruise and then travel around the city seeing many of Liverpool’s famous landmarks with a guided tour from City Explorer Open Top Bus.

We can request a dedicated bus for your groups sole use, subject to availability. Please note the maximum capacity of the bus is 60.

To book your trip call 0151 330 1420 (Monday to Friday 9am-4.30pm) or email