Melbourne has a number of transport options including train, tram and buss. But have you ever thought about taking one of Melbourne’s ferries to your next waterside destination?
There are two ferry services which are operated by the Victorian public transport (PTV) system as well as a number of private operators.
Melbourne Ferries – French Island & Williamstown Ferry Tickets
The French Island ferry gives access to French Island and takes only 15 minutes from Stony Point. It runs a service between Stony Point in the Mornington Peninsula and Cowes on Phillip Island, travelling via French Island. The ferry does not carry vehicles; however there is car parking available at the Stony Point foreshore, close to the ferry terminal. Tickets are available from the Stony Point Kiosk and note that Seniors Card Holders travel for FREE on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note that Myki cards are NOT accepted on the ferry and you do not need to book the ferry in advance.
The Westgate Punt is a ferry service that runs between Spotswood Jetty and Westgate Landing in Port Melbourne. Many pedestrians and cyclists use this ferry service as a way of travelling across the Yarra River, without the use of the Westgate Bridge. Ferries run every 20 minutes during the week at peak times: from 6.30am to 9.20am and between 4pm and 6.50pm. On weekends, the Westgate Punt runs between 9am and 5pm. The ferry does not operate on Christmas Day, Boxing Day or Good Friday.
The Spirit of Tasmania is a large passenger and car ferry that travels between Melbourne and Devenport, Tasmania. The journey between the two locations takes between 9-11 hours and there are typically 2 trips per day one day trip and one evening trip.
Private ferry services also operate in Port Phillip Bay by Port Phillip Ferries. They offer passenger services between Portarlington, Wyndham Harbour in Werribee South and Victoria Harbour in the Docklands. These ferries service the peak work-day commute on Mondays through Fridays as well as weekend services.
Williamstown Ferries is another private operator who runs every day (except Christmas Day) and services Southbank, Docklands, the Port of Melbourne, under the Westgate Bridge to the river entrance and Williamstown.
Check with individual providers for scheduled times and pricing.