Posted on February 8, 2013

Having closed over the winter for its annual refit, the Butley Ferry opens for the 2019 season on Easter Saturday, 20th April. The ferry operates on weekends and Bank Holidays from 11am to 4pm, weather permitting until Sunday, 13th October 2019. Cost is £2.00 per passenger and £1.50 per bike, with children under 11 costing £1.50.

The ferry can also take reasonable sized parties mid week by arrangement and subject to availability of a ferryman. If you would like to discuss this, please contact the ferry by email at Email. Ideally, please give at least a week’s notice.

You do not need to book your crossing, but if you want to check whether the ferry is operating during uncertain weather, the mobile number is 07913 672499 and the automated answer message will tell you if the ferry has had to be closed. This number will only be manned on the days that the ferry operates so if you need to make contact midweek, please use email (Email) rather than text messages which wouldn’t be seen until the weekend.

There are a number of circular walks and cycle routes which include the ferry and allow you to experience to the full the unique landscape of the Alde and Ore Estuary. A leaflet with a free map is available at the ferry and from local outlets or can be downloaded here:


The Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also publish a leaflet showing details of the four foot ferries of Suffolk, which is available in the garage, hotel and the pubs in Orford, which gives all the dates, times and costs of the four ferries. They connect the Stour & Orwell Walk and the Suffolk Coast Path from Harwich to Walberswick, and in taking these four ferries you can save over 75 miles of congested inland roads. (If you run any of these organisations and would like to have a supply of these leaflets, please telephone Catherine Smith on 01394 445217 and she will send/deliver some to you)

Please come and support the Butley Ferry. The money that it raises supports the work of the Alde and Ore Association. If you would like to become a volunteer ferryman, please contact us at Email.

The Butley Ferry is sponsored by the Alde & Ore Association