Harwich Harbour Foot & Bicycle Ferry
Linking Harwich, Felixstowe and Shotley since 1912

What we do:

Public River Cruises the boat departs from Harwich Ha'Pny Pier, and heads directly to the biggest container ships in the world. The Port of Felixstowe is the UK's largest container port, and is in the top 5 largest ports in Europe. Once we have passed the stunning ships and huge cranes, we enter the River Orwell where the 6 knots speed restriction is in place, taking us to the Orwell Bridge. We pass Suffolk Yacht Harbour on our right. Soon after Pin Mill  is on our left. Pin Mill lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heath's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is a designated Conservation Area. It is now generally known for the historic Butt & Oyster public house and for sailing. In the distance you will be able to see the Orwell Bridge which was opened to road traffic in 1982. With a length of 1287m, 24m width and 43m air draft, she was the longest pre stressed concrete span of her time. Once we approach the Orwell Bridge we will slowly make a turn and begin our journey back to Harwich Ha'Pny Pier.

We love being on the water, and to share the calm of an enjoyable cruise along one of the most beautiful estuaries in East Anglia with you!

For a Private Cruise on either boat, the choice is yours. For example we can explore the River Stour or River Orwell. You can get up close and personal with a cruise ship, container ship or we can simply follow the itinerary of the public cruises.

  • Fishing
  • Birdwatching
  • Lunch/dinner at Pin Mill
  • Scattering a loved ones ashes
  • Boat Taxi to Ipswich
  • Birthdays
  • Company incentive days
  • and so on, everything is possible.

With our new River Cruises we offer 3 options


Option 1: Public River Cruise for around 30 Passengers from June - September, every Friday and Saturday. The boat we use is the Harbour Ferry, she is licenced for up to 58 Passengers, but for comfort reasons we restrict the numbers on board to around 30 for the river cruises. The Harbour Ferry has an on board toilet and you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks on board.
Harbour Ferry

Option 2: Private River Cruises/ Charter for around 30 Passengers from April, May, October, November and December everyday. June, July, August and September from Sunday until Thursday. The Boat we use is the Harbour Ferry, she is licenced for up to 58 Passengers but for comfort reasons we restrict the numbers on board to around 30 for the River Cruises. The Harbour Ferry has an on board toilet and you are welcome to bring your own food and drinks.

Harbour Ferry

Option 3: Private River Cruises/ Charter for up to 8 Passengers all year around. The boat we use is the Alaska 630, she is a 21 ft. boat with a cabin at the front and an open deck with comfortable seats at the back. There is enough space for everyone to sit inside or outside. There is no toilet on board but there is the possibility to stop half way at one of the amazing marinas along the River Orwell.

Alaska 630

Public River Cruises, 30 Passengers, 19:15

June, July, August and September
every Friday and Saturday

Limited space: Max 30 Passengers, please buy ticket online

Departs Harwich Ha'Penny Pier at 19:15

Duration 100 minutes

If you require a ferry link to the start point we pick up from Felixstowe at 18:30 and from Shotley at 19:00

Adult Ticket: £16

Child Ticket: £11

please book your ticket online via the booking tool

Private River Cruises, 30 Passengers, 19:15

From 1st April until 31st December
from Sunday to Thursday

Limited space: Max 30 Passengers, please call us to check availability

Departs Harwich Ha'Penny Pier or Shotley or Felixstowe

Duration: 60 or 100 minutes, please call us to arrange your individual experience

Phone: 01728666329
Group tickets £250 for 60 minutes or £300 for 100 minutes for up to 30 passengers
Please feel free to ask any further questions by calling 01728/666329
20% deposit via BACS or payment over the phone

Private River Cruises every day, all day, 8 Passengers

From 1st January until 31st December, all year around

Limited space: Max 8 Passengers, please call us to check availability

Departs Harwich Ha'Penny Pier, Shotley or Felixstowe

Duration: from 60 minutes to 3 hours, please call us to arrange your individual experience

Phone: 01728666329

Group tickets 


                                  1. £99 for 60 minutes
                                  2. £129 for 90 min.
                                  3. £159 for 120 min.
                                  4. £179 for 150 min.
                                  5. £199 for 180 min.
                                  6. £250 all day (8 hours plus fuel)
With the all day offer you can drive your self. Skipper is on board for safety reasons.

for up to 8 passengers.
Please feel free to ask any further questions by calling 01728/666329
20% deposit via BACS or payment over the phone