The Local Motion Bike Ferry


Bike Ferry Schedule

Our 7 day a week service ends on Labor Day, September 6!
After Labor Day: the ferry runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October 10th, as well Monday October 11th for Indigenous Peoples Day. 
Hours of operation: 
   10-5 Monday through Friday
   10-6 Saturday and Sunday

 

 

We Welcome Everyone Onboard! 

There is no cost to you to ride the ferry, but the ferry doesn't run on love alone!  A $10 donation is recommended for a round trip, but a donation of any size will help the ferry continue to run. 
  
Thanks to our many Friends of the Ferry who have already supported us with their early donation. We can't do it without you! We are united in our love of the ferry, in sharing it with the rest of the world, and in ensuring Everyone Rides. You may donate cash, check, or online. A $50 donation automatically enrolls you in Friends of the Ferry Your bike band is available onboard or at dockside.

 

Location:

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

A kid biking on the Colchester Causeway in the middle of Lake Champlain with trees lining the edge of the trail

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. 

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. 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 [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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