We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Essential transportation from Sandbanks to the Isle of Purbeck area.

It’s a good service when it is working but has been plagued by problems recently. It needs to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ferndown, United Kingdom
Excellent service

.Very short crossing but very efficient and easy to use. Very regular. Beautiful part of the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Colin S
Read all 1 261 reviews
All photos (137)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“long drive”(44 reviews)
“short cut”(31 reviews)
“corfe castle”(71 reviews)
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
Sandbanks, Poole, England
+44 1929 450203
Improve This Listing
Recommended experiences in and around Poole
from US$13,08
More Info
from US$30,73
More Info
from US$26,15
More Info
from US$17,00
More Info
Reviews (1 261)
Filter reviews
1 250 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews long drive short cut corfe castle foot passengers quick crossing drive round short trip long way round at peak times both sides efficient service high season top deck summer months great fun return journey car park
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 1 250 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well, obviously useful, but July and August are a nightmare. So is the price for one car. As soon as the sun comes out, the queues for this ferry are ridiculous. Especially on return, where I have waited for well over an hour to get...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank alitav123
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Ferry still out of action nearly 3 months after going for its biannual refit. There is much speculation as to why it is still ‘out of action’. Rumours abound. They include : sour grapes over being denied a price increase. The cost of running it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank beanzz08
Reviewed 1 week ago

It’s a good service when it is working but has been plagued by problems recently. It needs to be more robust as when it’s out of service it means a 20+ mile car journey around Poole harbour instead .

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Weepee45
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Does exactly what it says on the tin. Fairly busy crossing. Although packed in like sardines. Will use again when needed.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank takeawayboss
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

.Very short crossing but very efficient and easy to use. Very regular. Beautiful part of the country too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Colin S
Reviewed 5 December 2018

Love this ferry! Guys work hard, it’s great fun on this chain ferry, which carries cars, vans and buses. Cuts your mileage and on getting off on the beach at Shell Bay. Walk around the corner to see Old Harry Rocks and Studland Beach.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Angela S
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

By far the best way to get across to sandbanks or the purbecks depending on which direction your heading. On a nice day, you couldnt wait for a ferry in a better spot in the world. Its not a huge Ferry but the crossing is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 350mickp
Reviewed 28 November 2018

The tug boat “Handfast” arrived in Falmouth yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 27th Nov.) from Jersey to tow the Ferry back to Sandbanks. The ferry has been refloated and is alongside the Quay next to the Tug. Problem is now the weather does not look at all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank John R
Reviewed 21 November 2018

from sandbanks to studland,both sandy beaches and well worth a visit. the ferry is 5 mins accross to studland.cars pay 5 pound,bikes a pound,walkers free.a must.2 get to studland.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Stuart J
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The ferry saves a long drive around Poole Harbour and since it is attached to both sides of the harbour mouth by a chain so that it doesn't float away you always know where it's going.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank davalew
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 13 nearby hotels
Haven Hotel
1 803 reviews
.13 km away
Sandbanks Hotel
2 047 reviews
1.84 km away
Harbour Heights Hotel
1 105 reviews
2.24 km away
Salterns Harbourside Hotel
359 reviews
2.70 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 394 nearby restaurants
Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant
951 reviews
.51 km away
Rick Stein
2 228 reviews
.87 km away
Le Cafe
76 reviews
.85 km away
Haven Ferry Cafe and Takeaway
184 reviews
.13 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 133 nearby attractions
Brownsea Island
2 119 reviews
.30 km away
Sandbanks Beach
1 553 reviews
.99 km away
Shell Bay
239 reviews
.43 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
6 September 2018|
Response from RGNLONDON | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can pay £4.50 and take the ferry from Sandbanks to Studland and park in the NT parking in Studland, then go over the ferry from Studland to Sandbanks to take the boat to Brownsea Island or other boat trips, then go... More
Elsie C
13 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from jennyr528 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry you would need to ask the ferry operators I couldn’t answer that
30 June 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from bob2158 | Reviewed this property |
Yes public toilets are open.