Ferries and cruises

A wooden boat on the Exe EstuaryThere are several ferry services operating on the Exe Estuary, many of which offer scenic cruises as well as foot ferries across the estuary.
For a free informative map of the ferry routes on the estuary as well as foot and cycle paths, download a copy of the Exe Explorer leaflet.

Several of the ferry operators provide Avocet cruises during the winter, some of which are guided by experts from the RSPB.

  • Scenic estuary cruises

    Stuart Line Cruises sail from Exmouth throughout the year, offering circular scenic cruises on the river, guided bird watching, summer coastal cruises and day trips to local towns: Topsham, Sidmouth and Torbay. All vessels have seating, refreshments and toilets on board.

    Phone: 01395 222144
    Website: www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk

  • Starcross to Exmouth

    Ferry service running from Starcross Pier to Exmouth, running seven days a week between April and October. Bay trips, coastal cruises and mackerel fishing also run in the summer.

    Phone: 07974 022536
    Facebook: facebook.com/StarcrossExmouthFerry

  • Topsham to Turf Hotel

    Topsham to Turf Hotel ferry service. The Turf Hotel is a family run pub serving great food, local ales and wines.

    The Topsham to Turf Ferry runs bird watching trips where you can see avocets and many other wading and other birds, contact them directly for further information.

    Phone: 07778 370582
    Website: www.topshamtoturfferry.co.uk
    Email: seadreamferry@gmail.com

  • Topsham to Exminster

    Topsham to Exminster ferry. Other services include water taxi, boat supervision and maintenance, etc.

    Phone: 07801 203338

  • Exeter Quay to the Double Locks

    Exeter Cruises offer a scenic cruise along the historic Ship canal. Double Locks is a family pub situated right on the Exeter canal serving great food, real ales and has a children’s play area. It is a 50 minute round trip.

    Phone: 07984 368442
    Website: www.exetercruises.com
    Email: seadreamferry@gmail.com

  • Exmouth to Dawlish Warren

    Exeplorers Water Taxi service operates between Exmouth and Dawlish Warren.

    Phone: 07970 918418
    Website: www.exeplorerwatertaxis.co.uk

  • Access Information

    Disabled Access

    Disabled access is available on the majority of circular cruises from Exmouth. Access is limited on the rest of the ferry services due to the unsuitable nature of the docks, however, ferry crew are keen to help wherever possible. Please contact individual services for more information.


    Bicycles are accepted but can be subject to a charge or limited at peak times. Bicycles are permitted on trains as long as they are stored safely. Bicycles can be carried on some foot ferries, please check with the individual operator.


    Well behaved dogs on leads accepted on all services but may be subject to a small charge. Up to two dogs can be taken free of charge on trains.