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.
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.
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