Elizabeth River Ferry

Paddlewheel Ferry

HRT operates three 150-passenger ferries on the Elizabeth River between Norfolk and Portsmouth. They travel between North Landing and High Street in Portsmouth and the Waterside District in Downtown Norfolk. They’re fast, economical and offer a unique view of the river and the waterfront.

Ferries operate every 30 minutes with 15-minute service during the summer at peak times on weekends. Schedules are subject to change based on operating situations (weather, mechanical problems, etc.). The ferry is wheelchair accessible and allows boarding passengers to walk on with their bicycles.

Bus Bridge Service

During regular service hours when the Elizabeth River Ferry is taken out of service due to weather, accessibility to the dock areas, mechanical issues, or emergency situations, a bus bridge will be available for customers. Bus stop locations and HRT contact information will be placed on signs located at the entrance of each ferry dock. Bus service will occur every 20-25 minutes based on traffic conditions. Buses will be noted as “Shuttle” in the destination signage on the front of the bus.

Dock Locations

Bus Bridge Locations

High Street Landing – Portsmouth
Catch a bus at the corner of High Street and Water Street
North Landing Dock – Portsmouth
Catch a bus at the corner of Water Street and Bill Deal Street
Waterside Dock – Norfolk
Catch a bus at the Waterside drop-off loop past Martins Lane

Park & Sail Program

Use the Park & Sail program and you can park for FREE in Portsmouth and then travel to the ferry landings. To be assigned your own designated parking space, or for more information, call (800) 700-RIDE or click here.

Take the Ferry to Harbor Park

The Harbor Park ferry runs between North Landing in Portsmouth and Harbor Park in Norfolk. Service runs every 30 minutes beginning one hour before game time and continues just after the game ends. Click here for Norfolk Tides Information.


Portsmouth resident Jonathan Nye shares the many benefits of choosing to ride with Hampton Roads Transit.