Commuters | East by West Ferries


Wellington is currently in Alert level 2; we will be running to our full timetable with some restrictions (including travel to Matiu/Somes Island).

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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: 6.15am, 7.15am, 8.15am, 10am, 12pm, 2.05pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm
  • Departing Days Bay Wharf: 6.45am, 7.45am, 8.45am, 10.45am, 12.45pm, 3.15pm, 4.55pm, 5.55pm, 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: 6.45am, 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 8.15am and Days Bay at 3.15pm). 


Metlink offer a free notification service for commuters through Metlink. This service sends out alerts if there are any cancellations to our services. If you travel to or from Days Bay you can sign up to this through Metlink. If you have a child at Wellesley College, you can email to subscribe to this 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.

Current vacancies

General Manager required for East by West Ferries

Job Description

  • Wellington based

  • Commercial leadership

Have you got what it takes to lead an innovative ferry transport company towards 2030 and beyond?

We are seeking someone to not only run our day-to-day ferry commuter and tourist business on Wellington Harbour but also to promote and develop our goal of 100% zero emission fully electric ferry transport services.

You will be heavily involved in inducting our new electric ferry, Ika Rere, a first for the Southern Hemisphere, into our regional public transport services under the Metlink brand.

You will also be assisting the Managing Director of our subsidiary Wellington based Company, Wellington Electric Boat Builders Co Ltd (WEBBCo) to use Ika Rere for marketing and growing both businesses. WEBBCo also looks after the maintenance of the fleet of East By West.

Experience of managing or running innovative and developing companies would be advantageous but if you think you’ve got what it takes, do apply with your CV and covering letter in the first instance. Enquiries welcome!


Click here to see attached job description.

Link to latest sea trial of Ika Rere:



We are always looking for the right skippers to join our team.

2022 is going to be an exciting year for East by West, with the introduction of our new electric ferry, Ika Rere.

If you have an SRL with passenger and 24 metre endorsements' (or equivalent ticket) and relevant experience, preferably with catamarans, please email your CV to