Commuters | East by West Ferries


Avoid the traffic and use East by West Ferry to transport you to and from work or school.

Ticket types for commuters:

  • Monthly passes: Adult and Tertiary Student passes available. These run for 30 consecutive days from the date of purchase.
  • 10-trip tickets: Adult, tertiary student and child tickets available. These do not have an expiry date and can be used for up to two people at a time. 
  • All tickets can be purchased on board the ferry with Cash, EFTPOS or Credit Card.  Check out our Timetable and Fares page for full fare information.


Due to weather or other unexpected issues, we do cancel one or both ferries from time to time. 

On occasion we need to go to a restricted timetable, if the conditions are too rough for our smaller vessel. Usual restricted timetable below (subject to change):

  • Departing Queens Wharf: 6.20am, 7.15am, 8.20am, 10am, 12pm, 2.05pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm
  • Departing Days Bay Wharf: 6.50am, 7.45am, 8.45am, 10.40am, 12.45pm, 3.15pm, 4.55pm, 6pm, 6.55pm
  • When we are on restricted sailings we do not call into Seatoun at all.

If we go to a full cancellation because of weather conditions, replacement mini vans will operate to the below timetable:

  • Depart Days Bay Wharf: 6.50am, 7.45am, 8.45am.
  • Depart Queens Wharf (outside Mojo café): 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm.
  • There are also replacement shuttle vans for Wellesley Students (departing Queens Wharf at 8.20am and Days Bay at 3.15pm). 

Text alerts:

We offer a free text service for commuters through Metlink. This service sends out text messages if there are any cancellations to our services. If you travel to or from Days Bay you can sign up to this through Met. If you travel to and from Seatuon or have a child at Wellesley College, you can email to subscribe to the relevant database.

We only send out commuter text messages during peak travel times (between 6am - 9.30am and 3.30pm - 8pm) Monday - Friday. For cancellations at all other times, please call our daily status line, 04 494 3339.


If you would like to receive emails from time to time with news about the ferries and anything else we think you may like to know, you can email and just let us know you would like to be added to our newsletter list. You can also subscribing directly by using the subscribe form on this page.

Commuter Newsletter March 2018

Dear Commuter

Just a quick update to let you all know we are in the final stages of changing our timetable, the draft has now been handed over to Greater Wellington Regional Council for approval. The whole change has been a time-consuming process, but we are hopeful we can have this implemented by the end of next month at the latest. We will keep you posted as soon as we have more information.

In the mean time we have received permission to publish the draft version of the new timetable (see below); as you can see we have adjusted the timetable to reflect the more accurate departure and arrival times, rather than any drastic change.

TO DAYS BAY                                  
Monday to Friday   AM             PM                
      Cobar City Cobar City Cobar City Cobar Cobar Cobar City Cobar City Cobar City Cobar City
Queens Wharf   6.20 6.45 7.15 7.40 8.20 8.55 10.00 12noon 2.05 3.30 4.30 5.00 5.30 5.55 6.30 7.05
Seatoun                       4.00       6.15    
Matiu Somes Island             10.25 12.25 2.30              
Days Bay      6.45 7.10 7.40 8.05 8.45 9.20 10.40 12.40 2.45 4.25 4.55 5.25 5.55 6.40 6.55 7.30
TO QUEENS WHARF                                
Monday to Friday                                  
Days Bay     6.50 7.15 7.45 8.10 8.45 9.20 10.40 12.45 3.15 4.25 4.55 5.30 6.00 6.40 6.55 7.30
Matiu Somes Island             10.55 1.00 3.30              
Seatoun           8.30                        
Queens Wharf   7.15 7.40 8.15 8.55 9.10 9.45 11.20 1.25 3.55 4.50 5.20 5.55 6.25 7.05 7.20 7.55
                  SI SI SI              
                  SI Sailing calls in at Matiu somes Island on request        

We would also like to take this opportunity to let you know we will be putting on an extra sailing after the Hurricanes game this Saturday evening (Saturday 10th March). This sailing will depart Queens Wharf direct for Days Bay at 10pm. Use this service to get home after watching our first home game, it’s set to be a goody against the Crusaders. With the New Zealand Festival in full swing you could also use this service to get home after attending one of the events showcasing the many talented artists and performers currently in Wellington.  

Our new website is going live in the next week, so you are now able to subscribe to our newsletters directly through the site. This website is also mobile friendly, making it much easier to use from all devices, so do check it out next week.

In the meantime, don’t forget if you have just joined our commuting club or are thinking of it, do sign up for our free mobile text service re cancellations due to weather or otherwise. Commuters find this invaluable to receive notifications of any disruptions to the service direct to your phone. You can sign up via

Many Happy Sailings to you all