In spite of the partial easing of lock-down restrictions, all bridge users are reminded that government guidance states it is still very important that people stay at home unless necessary to go out for specific reasons set out in law. Before traveling please consider whether your journey is absolutely necessary.

If you are travelling with us as a foot passenger, please observe social distancing (minimum of 2m) at all times, please note that this will result in foot passenger capacity being reduced.

All users are reminded that cash will not be taken on board. For all casual travellers without a Floating Bridge Saver Card, tickets can be purchased by cash or contactless from the shoreside ticket machines prior to boarding, or you can pay by card or by using your mobile phone account via our web app; please visit

The Cowes Floating Bridge carries vehicles, bikes and foot passengers between Cowes & East Cowes 7 days a week, all year round.

The short crossing across the river Medina only takes a few minutes.
Monday to Saturday: 0500 to 0030
Sundays: 0630 to 0030

The service is operated by the Isle of Wight Council and saves a 11 mile round trip by road.


From Wednesday 25th March at 0500, the Floating Bridge will limit passengers and vehicle journeys to blue-light services and essential workers only. This is to ensure that staff and passengers are able to maintain social distancing, whilst keeping this vital transport link available for those who need it. Please observe the government's instruction to Stay Alert and Keep A Safe Distance From Others.


Foot Passengers: 5,2987
Cars Carried: 2,188
Hours Operated: 579
% of schedule: 100%


Foot Passengers: 20,597
Cars Carried: 15,031
Hours Operated: 590
% of schedule: 98.8%

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