Wednesday 19 September, 2018
Ferry service SUSPENDED  See news page

Ferry Service suspended

The Sandbanks to Shell Bay Ferry Service is currently suspended. UPDATE - Tuesday 18/09/18 15.05 - We are still undergoing repairs to the ferry and hope to trial engines tomorrow (Wednesday 19/09) with a view to being back in service by the end of the week. However, this is not definite and we will update with further news as soon as we have any.

Refit 2018

We plan to go to refit on Monday 29th October 2018 (weather permitting) for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. The last ferry to run will be the 23.10 on Sunday 28th October 2018 from the Studland side of the crossing.


We are pleased to announce that we can now take payments for credit and debit cards at the toll boxes on the Studland side of the crossing. We hope to accept card payments at the Northaven box (the blue hut on the Poole side) in the near future.

Facebook and Twitter

Follow us on Twitter @Sandbanksferry, and on Facebook for the most up to date information as it happens. Both will be updated if we have any breaks in service.

Postcodes for Sat Nav users

The postcodes necessary for Sat Nav users are BH13 7QN for the Poole/Bournemouth side of the ferry, and BH19 3BA for the Studland/Swanage side of the ferry.

Proposed revision to charges and vehicle classifications

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Bournemouth- Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company has made a Toll Application to revise the charges and vehicle classifications for the use of the ferry between Sandbanks and South Haven Point. Please click on the Toll Application heading on the Tolls page.


Pictures of Sanbanks ferry

Pictures of Sanbanks ferry

Pictures of Sanbanks ferry
Ferry Office, Shell Bay, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3BA.
Telephone: (01929)450203