Brightlingsea Harbour ferries on the town jetty ready to take you across to Point Clear and East Mersea


Brightlingsea itself is a historic cinque port with a rich heritage close to the mouth of the Colne Estuary where it meets the Blackwater and Thames Estuaries.
As well as the cultural aspect Brightlingsea is an exciting, fun place to explore no matter what your age is, whether it be an afternoon crabbing, a ramble along the beach taking in the stunning views or simply a nice lunch in one of our many delightful eateries. Our Harbour ferry provides not only a means of crossing the creek but opens up opportunities to explore the local area and attractions.
Use of the ferry greatly reduces road miles – typically a round trip by road between Brightlingsea and St Osyth is 20 miles but takes just 3 minutes on the ferry. The round trip by road to East Mersea is 40 miles, but only takes approximately 9 minutes by ferry.
The safety of our passengers is of absolute importance to us. Passenger are required to book onto the ferry in advance by calling the office on 01206 302200 or in person and will be allocated a seat. If you wish to join the ferry at Point clear or East Mersea you must book, that can even be done whilst queuing (socially distanced) at the pick-up point.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultfrom £1.00 to £3.50 per adult

Fares Each Way
Brightlingsea / Point Clear to East Mersea
Adult - £3.50 / Child under 16 yrs - £2.50 / Child under 1 yr FREE / Dogs FREE / Bikes £2.00

Brightlingsea to Point Clear
Adult - £2.00 / Child under 16 yrs - £1.00 / Child under 1 yr FREE / Dogs FREE / Bikes £1.00

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  • Children welcome


  • Guided tours for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By car: From Thorrington Cross take the B1029 to the Harbour Office. Brightlingsea Harbour is 11 miles from Colchester and 12 miles from Clacton on Sea and 15 miles from the A12, Exit 28By public transport: First Group Bus Service 62 from Colchester via WivenhoeAccessible by Public Transport: Alresford station is 4.4 miles away.

Brightlingsea Boat Trips and Foot ferry

Type:Regatta/Water Event

Brightlingsea Boat Trips & Foot Ferry, Harbour Office, 4 Copperas Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex, CO7 0AP
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Opening Times

Season (7 Apr 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* From Saturday 4th July to September 6th we will be operating our summer timetable. Leaving Brightlingsea on the hour starting at 10am it will go to Point Clear then onto East Mersea. The pick up times from East Mersea starts at 10.15 and will be hourly. The last ferry back from East Mersea will be 17.15

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