Local Motion's Island Line Bike Ferry

Walk or ride to the Island Line Bike Ferry, bringing cyclists and pedestrians across "the Cut", a 200-foot gap in the beautiful Colchester Causeway. Sit back and relax for the 5 minute journey.  The Ferry makes the connection between Colchester and South Hero, on some of the flattest terrain in Vermont, with the most scenic vistas in the world.

No matter where you’re coming from, north or south on the Island Line Trail, great biking, gorgeous views, trails, farms and good food awaits you! 

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bikeferry seasonpass button 


Season Passes: $40 for adults, $25 for youth 17 and under 

  • Unlimited use, no blackout dates, no restrictions
  • Valid only for the person it is issued to

Three ways to get a Season Pass

  • Click the blue button above and pay with your credit card online-- we'll mail the pass to you
  • Ride to the Cut on a day the Ferry is running and purchase your pass from the crew on the spot
  • Starting May 21, 2016, purchase your pass from Local Motion's Trailside Center, located on the waterfront bike path in Burlington, 10am to 6pm, 7 days a week
2016 Ferry Schedule

-- 10 am to 6 pm --


SPRING: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (May 27 - June 16)

SUMMER: 7 Days a Week (June 17 - Sept 5)


FALL: Fridays, Weekends & Holidays (Sept 6 - Oct 10) 


Round Trip:

$8 adults 

$5 youth 7-17 

free 6 & under


One Way:

$5 Adults and Youth

free 6 & under  





Interested in Volunteering Out at the Ferry?

We have spots available for Volunteer Dockside Ambassadors!  

Enjoy a day by the lake in the glorious sunshine!  Greet bicyclists as they get ready to use the ferry.  Meet interesting bikes, and even more interesting people!  The ferry gets very busy on sunny days, so your help is vital for keeping everything running smoothly.

The Dockside Ambassador is responsible for selling tickets, helping direct people as they wait for the ferry at the docks, and answering questions. Visitors are often looking for trail info and maps. Along with our Captain and Deckhand, you're the face of Local Motion out at the Cut!

Weekend shifts are 2:30 - 5:30 pm.  Weekday shifts are generally 4 lovely, sunny hours long; morning or afternoon.  


Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot





Bike Ferry History

WINOOSKI RIVER BIKE FERRY :: 1998 - 2003Winooski_River_Bike_Ferry_at_Auers

Local Motion's first bike ferry ran across the mouth of the Winooski River between Delta Park in Colchester and the Auer Family Boat House in Burlington.  It all started when Brian Costello stopped Chapin Spencer on Burlington's College Street in 1997.  Brian told Chapin of his vision to connect the Colchester Causeway Park with the Burlington Bike Path.  Brian donated a motor and Chapin donated a boat.  Charlie and Christine at Auer's Boat House agreed to host the ferry service.  Governor Dean and community leader Bill Hauke were a couple of our first passengers in 1998.



Bike Ferry Wind & Weather

”Colchester Reef” is a nearby weather station on the lake.

Interested in receiving bicycle guide maps for the Lake Champlain Region?

Click here for more info.

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Ferry Fares

The ferry doesn't run on love alone... though we wish it did!  The service costs about $154,000/yr for 114 days of service-- and fares cover about 50%. Thanks for your support!

Round Trip:

$8 adults  

$5 youth 7-17  

free 6 & under 


One Way: 

$5 Adults and Youth 

free 6 & under 



$40 for adults, $25 for youth age 17 and under . Available at the Ferry & Trailside Center.

Contact charlene@localmotion.org802-861-2700 X103, with questions. 

Buy your Bike Ferry Season Pass here!



For groups larger than 20 please email Brian@localmotion.org or call 802-861-2700 x110.

*see full fare policy below*


View Bike Ferry Map on google maps here

Ferry & Islands Article

Dig In VT blogger Sheila McGrory-Klyza wrote a story about her time on the Bike Ferry and in the Champlain Islands. Click here to read it.

More on Ferry Fare Policy

In addition to the fare information above, we offer the following detail: 

The fares listed above and through other channels are suggested fares.  We acknowledge that many people arrive at the cut in the causeway without money or with not enough money.  Some trail users arrive at 'the cut' not knowing that a ferry ride is needed to get to the adjacent community.  Others in our community, for economic reasons, are unable to afford the full fare amount.  For all of these reasons, we will welcome passengers to board who are unable to pay the full fare.  We will offer them remittance envelopes for the opportunity to send in money when and if they are able.  Local Motion believes this bike/pedestrian ferry serves as an important transportation and recreational resource in the region and should be able to be enjoyed by all.  This policy seeks to balance the needs of the community with the financial needs of providing this service. 

For more information, please contact Local Motion (802-861-2700).

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