Dartmouth to Dittisham and Dittisham to Dartmouth, along the scenic River Dart

We operate a direct passenger ferry service from Dartmouth to Dittisham, and from Dittisham to Dartmouth. 

Each leg of the journey takes approximately 20-25 minutes depending on the direction of the tide. Passengers can expect to see scenic views from the River Dart.

On the East side of the estuary you can see a picturesque tree canopy housing the Paignton to Kingswear steam train line, Hoodown Woods next to Kingswear and Long Wood nearest to Greenway. Towards Dittisham end you will see Agatha Christie's Greenway House, Maypool House and Greenway Quay.
Agatha Christie's Greenway House
Image: Greenway House

On the West side of the estuary
is at first the Dart Marina Hotel, and above that the Britannia Royal Naval College. Toward Dittisham on the West side of the river is the Raleigh Estate - once occupied by Sir Walter Raleigh. 

For any walkers: The Dart Valley Trail is a beautiful circular walk going along either side of the estuary - or both - if you're keen to walk ~10 miles.



How to find us

North Embankment Double Steps, Dartmouth, TQ6 9SW
Dittisham Pontoon, Manor Street, Dittisham TQ6 0EX
and return



The Dittsham Ferries red kiosk on the Embankment in Dartmouth, near the bus stops, opposite the boat float and by the steps down to the floating pontoon.


What route do we take?

To expand this map, click on the arrows in the bottom left hand corner. 


Our sailing schedule can be found on the homepage of this website. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do ferries run?

During peak season (May 1st - October 31st), ferries run daily between Dartmouth and Dittisham every half an hour. During the off-season boats are every hour. The first ferry leaves Dartmouth at 10:00am and the last departs Dittisham Quay at 17:00pm, seven days a week.

How long does the ferry ride take?

The journey takes approximately 20-25 minutes depending on the tide.

Where do ferries depart from in Dartmouth?

From the North Embankment adjacent to our red kiosk.

Where do ferries depart from in Dittisham?

From the Dittisham Pontoon, look for the red boats on the right hand side.

Can I book tickets in advance?

Yes, booking via the phone is recommended, especially during peak season. You can also purchase tickets directly at our red kiosk on the embankment before your departure.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for children?

Yes, children require tickets as well. Infants under 4 years travel free with a parent or guardian.

How can I pay for my tickets?

We take cash or contactless card payments on the boat. We are able to take all major cards including Amex.

Is Dittisham Ferries accessible for wheelchairs?

The Dartmouth pontoon has approximately 25 steps from the Embankment and we are always happy to assist with wheelchairs and mobility issues. The Dittisham pontoon has ramps but please be aware that passengers need to step into the boat from the pontoon - please call us if you have any concerns.

What happens if I miss my ferry?

Don't worry! If you miss a direct ferry from Dittisham to Dartmouth - just give us a call and we will find an alternative arrangement for you.

Where do I park in Dartmouth?

You can use the nearby Mayor's Avenue carpark, or the park and ride. The bus for the park and ride is right next to the entrace to the pontoon where you board the Dittisham Ferry.

Can I bring a picnic on board?

Picnics are only suitable for private hire trips, sorry.

Is Dittisham worth a visit?

Dittisham is stunning village with two pubs, a seafood restaurant, playpark and lots of short walks and scenery.

Are dogs allowed on the ferry?

Yes, dogs on leads are welcome on Dittisham Ferries.

Is there luggage storage on the ferry?

There is no designated luggage storage, however, there is usually space on board for backpacks, small suitcases and bags.

Can I bring my bicycle on the ferry?

We can fit two bicycles per journey. Please call us to make sure we can accommodate your bike.

Are your ferries safe?

Yes, we are fully insured, carry lifejackets and all required safety equipment under licence by Dart Harbour Authority.

Can I hire a boat for my special occasion?

Private hire for birthdays, celebrations or special occasions is available in the evenings - We can take private hire passengers anywhere from Dartmouth Castle all the way up to Totnes, depending on tide times. There are lots of places to stop on the journey including the Ferry Boat Inn, The Maltsters Arms, Sharpham Estate, Stoke Gabriel, or Totnes Quay.