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Cowes Water Taxis - harbour operator

Water Taxis

The most common landing places for getting ashore by RIB, tender, or water taxi are Town Quay in West Cowes and Gridiron in East Cowes, however other locations can be used.

WATER TAXIS IN COWES HARBOUR - Service from Saturday 4th July 2020

• Additional safety measures are in place to protect the taxi operators and passengers.
• The water taxis will carry a maximum of two passengers or a maximum of four people from a boat/social bubble group.
• The wearing of face masks for passengers is mandatory.
• A limited supply of face masks will be carried onboard and sold to passengers if required.
• The Cowes Water Taxi service is by booking via phone. 

To minimise the taxi operator's potential exposure to COVID-19, boats are requested to pick-up or drop off any additional crew at either Town Quay in West Cowes, or Gridiron in East Cowes. Larger boats only are permitted to pick-up and drop off crew at the outer pontoons at Shepards Marina. Your cooperation is appreciated. Thank you.

• Cowes Water Taxis Ltd 
Temporary hours of operation:
Currently 1100 to 1600 due to reduced demand (potentially to be extended on Saturdays according to demand)

VHF Channel 06
Tel: 07551 431993

Temporary water taxi tariff:
• Sunday to Thursday - a standard charge of £10 return applies.
• Friday and Saturday - rates are as per Zones in table shown below.
• Passengers should check with the duty water taxi operator and book a return journey if requesting a water taxi after 1600 hours. 
• NOTE - the water taxi is not servicing moorings north of Watch House Slip at this present time.

Cowes Water Taxis
Single fares only (see zoning diagram)
Zone A: Cowes Breakwater to Floating Bridge
Zone B: Floating Bridge to East Cowes Marina
Zone C: East Cowes Marina to G & J Pontoons Folly Reach
Fares 2020
Travel in 1 Zone£3.00 single
Travel in 2 Zones£3.00 single
Travel in 3 Zones£4.00 single
Town Quay/Trinity Landing to Outer Harbour Moorings£5.00 single
Children under 5 free & Children under 13 half price 
Out-of-hours service by negotiation and pre-booking 

Cowes Water Taxis zoning diagram
Cowes Water Taxis zoning diagram

Cowes Water Taxis - Fares 2020
FOLLY REACH - from Folly Pontoon North to:
Visitors Pontoon £3.00
A & D Pontoons £4.00
B & E Pontoons£4.50
C & F Pontoons£5.00
Medham Moorings£6.00
G Pontoon£7.00
J Pontoon£8.00

Cowes Water Taxis - Fares 2020
FOLLY REACH - from Folly Pontoon South to:
Single Return
North of Folly Light
South of Folly Light
Island Harbour marina£3.00
Town Quay / East Cowes Marina to Folly
* Note minimum fare after 2200hrs is £15.00

• Folly Waterbus
Folly Inn to Cowes or Newport.
VHF Channel 77
Tel: 07974 864627

• Folly Launch
Folly Reach Moorings to Folly Inn.
VHF Channel 72
Tel: 07884 400046

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