The Local Motion Bike Ferry

The Local Motion Bike Ferry Is Now Closed

We look forward to welcoming passengers back on board on Memorial Day weekend 2021!


Tentative 2021 Schedule  

Spring - Weekend service Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays beginning Friday, May 28th thru Sunday, June 14th 
Summer -  Daily service from Friday, June 18th thru Monday, Sept 6th  
Fall - Weekend service Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays beginning Friday, Sept 10th thru Sunday, Oct 10th 
The last day of service is Monday, October 11th for Indigenous Peoples Day. 



The ferry doesn't run on love alone...though we wish it did. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Bike Ferry. Thank you for your support!



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 - click here to see for yourself! 

Your route to the Bike Ferry

The Island Line Trail ranks as one of the most scenic vistas in the world and is some of the easiest riding and walking terrains in all of Vermont. Superb biking, 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. 

See the Island Line Map

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!

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. For every volunteer shift you work, you'll receive one free pass for the Bike Ferry

Learn more about volunteering here!

Bike Ferry History

The Bike Ferry and the Island Line Trail are rich in Vermont history. Click here to 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

Special Groups

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