Sandbanks Ferry offers the fastest route connecting Bournemouth and Poole with Swanage, a round trip can save you over 25 miles of driving. The service runs daily and it is able to carry pedestrians, cars, motorbikes, light vans, busses, coaches and more. The current Ferry called “Bramble Bush Bay” started its service in January 1994 and is the fourth ferry that has operated this service since the Ferry Company came into existence in July 1923.
Directions to Sandbanks Ferry
If you are coming from the Bournemouth or Poole site, you should follow the signs to Poole until you see signs for Sandbanks, keep following the signs until you nee signs that state “Swanage via Chain Ferry”.
SATNAV for Sandbanks side: BH13 7QN
SATNAV for Swanage side: BH19 3BA
What Times do the Ferrys Depart?
There is a fixed timetable for the ferries so you will always know when the next one will be leaving, we have detailed it below.
It will normally take around 4 minutes for the crossing to complete.
The times are valid all year round apart from Christmas Day, they may be slightly delayed due to shipping movements, essential maintenance, and other operational factors.
On Christmas Day, the service runs from 08:00 to 18:10 and runs every 30 minutes. Leaving Sandbanks on the hour and half hour and from Shell Bay at 10 minutes after and 40 minutes after each hour.
What Does it Cost?
The cost that is charged will depend on how you are traveling, we have created a table below with the various charges.
You are able to pay in cash or by using your Credit/Debit Card. The charges include all passengers in or on the vehicle, vehicle passengers that board on foot will be charged at the pedestrian rate.
Sandbanks Ferry Contact Information
You can get in contact with Sandbank Ferry using the below information.
Address: Ferry Office, Shell Bay, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3BA.
General Manager: Nick Purchase
Assistant General Manager: Sue Marsh
Chief Engineer: Jamie Sharpe
Assistant Engineer: Robert Budge