Gravesend - Tilbury Ferry

Jetstream Tours operates the ferry service from Gravesend Town Pier to Tilbury Landing stage on behalf of Kent County and Thurrock Council.

This service operates 6 days per week (Monday-Saturday) all year round.

During ferry hours a bus service operates from Tilbury Landing stage to Tilbury Town station. 


Commuting - Leisure - Shopping - Days out - Cruise Terminal

 The ferry is the most cost effective way from getting between Kent and Essex. Try a new route today and see how much time and money you could save!


Parking Restrictions - 13th December 2017

On the 13th December,  there will be two cruise ships berthed on the landing stage,

Black Watch   06:00 -15:30 hrs 

Magellan         08:00 -16:00 hrs

As a result there will be no parking available at the ferry at Tilbury for the entire day. Pedestrian traffic will still be able to use the footbridge, whilst the road bridge will remain closed. Additional Harris fencing will be in place during the day to ensure passengers are guided to the ferry.


Christmas Operating days 

Mon 18th December 2017   

Normal Schedule

Mon 25th December 2017   

No Service

Mon 1st January 2017

No Service

Tues 19th December 2017  

Normal Schedule

Tues 26th December 2017  

No Service

Tues 2nd January 2017

Normal Schedule

Wed 20th December 2017

Normal Schedule

Wed 27th December 2017

Normal Schedule

Wed 3rd January 2017 

Normal Schedule

Thur 21st December 2017

Normal Schedule

Thur 28th December 2017 

Normal Schedule

Thur 4th January 2017 

Normal Schedule

Fri 22nd December 2017

Normal Schedule

Fri 29th December 2017 

Normal Schedule

Fri 5th January 2017

Normal Schedule

Sat 23rd December 2017

Normal Schedule

Sat 30th December 2017

Normal Schedule

Sat 6th January 2017 

Normal Schedule

Sun 24th December 2017    

No Service

Sun 31st December 2017 

No Service

Sunday 7th January 2017 

No Service

Did you know....

During the month of October 2017, the ferry:

  • Completed 1284 scheduled crossings.  
  • There were 16 crossings cancelled due to an access issue at Town Pier on 17th October 2018. 
  • 13 Sailings departed at more than 90% Capacity.

Ferry Timetable

Departures From Gravesend  Departures From Tilbury 
0540 0550
0610 0620


0710 0725
0740 0800
0810 0830
0840 0850
0900 0910
1005 1015
1030 1042
1100 1112
1130 1142
1200 1212
1230 1242
1300 1312
1330 1342
1400 1410
1505 1515
1530 1542
1600 1612
1630 1642
1700 1712
1730 1742
1800 1812
1830 1842
1900 1910


*The 0645/0655 sailings do not operate on Saturdays

No service on Sundays and Public Bank Holidays

(This includes Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Years Eve)


Peak times

Peak fares apply from 5:40am to 9:15am and 4:15pm to 7:10pm


Saver 10

Our Saver 10 is a ticket that allows passengers to buy a book of 10 trips (either peak or off-peak) in advance of their journey. There is no expiry on this ticket and so you can use this ticket until you have completed 10 crossings.


English National Concessionary Travel Scheme

If you hold a Kent Thurrock or Medway bus pass you may use this service free of charge at any time.

Other Concessions wishing to travel with an English national concessionary travel pass (E.N.C.T.S) may travel free of charge after 0930. Before this time you will be charged at Child rate.

Please show your pass upon boarding.


Lost tickets 

If you have lost your return or saver 10 ticket, replacements are not available. Please ensure you keep your ticket safe or you will be asked to purchase another ticket for your next crossing. 


Ticket Type Adult Child
Single £4.00 £2.00
Peak Return £5.00 £2.50
Off-Peak return  £3.00 £2.00
Saver 10 £22.00 £11.00
* All Major Credit Cards now accepted onboard 

Travelling with children

  • Child fares apply to children aged 5 to 15 years old

  • Children under the age of 5 can travel free of charge at all times provided they are accompanied by a fare-paying passenger

  • No more than 4 children under the age of 5 can accompany each fare-paying passenger.


Accompanied pets

  • Dogs and other pets may travel on the ferry free of charge. This is subject to the animal being on a lead at all times or in a carry cage. 



The Gravesend-Tilbury ferry is a foot and bicycle ferry only.

We are able to cater for most forms of disability scooters however these may not enter the main cabin. We have a small area inside the main cabin for use during incliment weather for a standard sized Wheelchair.

Bicycles are allowed in the main cabin or may remain on the boarding deck.  

Sadly we are unable to accept motorcycles of any size.


To the trains 

  • From Landing stage there is the 99 bus which takes you to Tilbury Town.
  • From Gravesend Town Pier, exit the pier and continue walking straight up the High street to the Gravesend station (appox 10 minute walk)



Parking is is available at both ferry terminals.


At Gravesend: you can use one of the many council operated pay and display car parks. Day prices are £6.80 at the Horn Yard and Market car park. 

Gravesend Terminal Postcode: DA11 0BJ


At Tilbury: parking is available on the landing stage itself. It is free to park however once full, parking can then be difficult.

Tilbury Terminal Postcode: RM18 7NJ

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Service updates can be found on our twitter feed above.

For all other enquiries please contact the ferry direct on 07961 892627 (available only after 2nd May 2017)


Jetstream Tours operates the Gravesend-Tilbury ferry under contract to KCC.png

If you have any complaints about the service email us

or please contact Kent County Council here.