Ferry service between the West and East Bank

The ferries carry pedestrians and cyclists free of charge from the West Bank (city centre) to the East Bank and vice versa. In the city centre, you get on board at the Visserskaai near the North Sea Aquarium; at the East Bank, you get off at the Maritiem Plein with its complimentary car park.

For vulnerable road users, this connection is a blessing; not only for recreational trips, but also for home-to-work traffic or home-to-school traffic. Apart from having the obvious tourist function, the ferry also has a mobility function. It is part of the road network and creates an added value for the mobility between the East and West Banks. Cyclists and pedestrians are able to travel to work, to school or to shops in a much safer manner. The 2 ferries, which were named “Roger Raveel” and “Het Rode Vierkant op de Zee” (“The Red Square at Sea”), can carry 50 passengers and 20 bicycles. They are also easily accessible for wheelchair users and can be reached from the quay by means of a soft slope. 

Practical information

The crossing is free of charge.  Dismounting is compulsory. Because of safety reasons, each crossing is limited to a maximum of 50 persons (a maximum of 20 bicycles). Cancellation of the ferry crossing because of weather conditions or force majeure is possible.


Ostend city centre: Visserskaai (North Sea Aquarium) Eastern Bank (Maritiem Plein)

Opening hours

1 April up to and including 30 September: 6.30 am to 9 pm (break between 10 and 10.30 am and 6.30 and 7 pm) (last crossing from the western shore at 8.40 pm; at 8.50 pm from the eastern shore) 1 October up to and including 31 March: * 7.45 am to 1 pm * 1.30 pm to 6.15 pm (break between 1 and 1.30 pm) (last crossing from the western shore at 5.55 am, at 6.05 pm from the eastern shore)

Reservations & bookings

For more information, please contact Tourism Ostend by telephone on 059 70 11 99 or by sending an e-mail to info@visitoostende.be.

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