The Local Motion Bike Ferry

The Bike Ferry is now closed for the season.

If you traveled with us, we thank you and hope you enjoyed the experience. If you've never traveled with us before, please plan to do so. Our 2023 season will begin on May 26th, 2023 with Friday, Saturday and Sunday service. Daily service will resume on Monday June 19th through Labor Day.


Your biking and walking link between the greater Burlington area and the Champlain Islands via the Island Line Trail.

We Welcome Everyone Onboard! 

There is no cost to you to ride the ferry, but the ferry doesn't run on love aloneA $10 donation is recommended for a round trip, but a donation of any size will help the ferry continue to run. 

It goes without saying that we are all united in our love of the Bike Ferry and in sharing it with the rest of the world. From its inception last year, the Friends of the Ferry program, with the goal of making the Bike Ferry accessible to everyone regardless of the ability to pay, resonated with so many people. The 2022 Friend of the Ferry campaign ran from March 15 to April 14. The goal, to raise $20,000 (which we exceeded) helped to anchor our novel pay-what-you-can'' ferry service. Thanks to all who supported the Friends of the Ferry. Our crew is looking for your proudly displayed bike bands identifying you as a valued supporter of something truly exceptional, where there are no exceptions and Everyone Rides! Donations made during the campaign are recognized on our Donor Commendation board at The Cut. We continue to accept donations, and a minimum donation of $50 entitles you to a Bike Ferry sticker and a 2022 bright orange Friend of the Ferry bike band. 

Donate to the Bike Ferry!



Island Line Trail, South Hero, VT 05486 


Ferry visitors from all over the globe!

People from all over the world come to Vermont to use our rental services and/or ride the Bike Ferry! But don't take our word for it - see for yourself!

Your route to the Bike Ferry

A kid biking on the Colchester Causeway in summer.

The Island Line Trail ranks as one of the most scenic vistas in the world and has some of the easiest riding and walking terrains in all of Vermont. Superb biking and walking, gorgeous views, trails, farms, and good food await you along the Island Line Trail. The Trail starts south of downtown Burlington in Oakledge Park and parallels the lakeshore past nature reserves and across the Colchester Causeway via the Bike Ferry. Our specially equipped bike ferry, the Bill and Carole Hauke 2, will carry you comfortably across the 200 foot "cut," whether you are heading south from the Islands or north from the Burlington/ Colchester area. 

Interactive map to the ferry


Looking for more cycling routes in the Champlain Area?

The Lake Champlain Bikeways maps cover dozens of possible cycling loops in Grand Isle County, Chittenden County, Franklin County, Addison/Rutland/Windsor Counties, Essex County (NY), and Clinton County (NY). They feature some 1,636 total network miles for bicyclists.

Check out the Bikeways Map!

Volunteer at the Bike Ferry!

Crowds of people at the Bike Ferry dock waiting to board to cross the Colchester Causeway \Local Motion's Bike Ferry, located 10 miles from Burlington on the beautiful Colchester Causeway, needs volunteer Dockside Ambassadors! Greet passengers, sell tickets, and provide tourist info to the best of your knowledge. Receive training on-site when you arrive for your shift.

Volunteer Information

Bike Ferry History

The Bike Ferry and the Island Line Trail are rich in Vermont history. Learn more about how this historic rail trail turned into a beloved bike path ridden by visitors and locals alike! 

Got Questions? 

Find the answers to your most pressing questions about the Local Motion Bike Ferry on our Ferry FAQ page. Still don't have the answer you are looking for? Please reach out to us at [email protected]

Special Groups

Interested in using our bikes or bike ferry for a special event, corporate outing, wedding, etc.? Learn more here!


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