River Bus




Sandwich Swing Bridge in use.

Egret on the left moored to the boarding pontoon beside the bridge

 Tours and other Info…

All standard trips include a commentary. You may bring dogs on a lead. Push chairs can be taken on board but would have to be carried up and down steps -  also over the side of the boat. There is no age limit but young children must have an adult with them. We are not able to permit smoking on board our vessels. You are though most welcome to bring your own food and drink.

Our  half hour trip is up and down past the town. This is for young or old who are not too certain about boats. Approx. distance of the trip is 2.5 miles.  Our one hour trip is up to the Roman Fort at Richborough.

There is the option, at small extra cost, to stop and return on a later trip. If a trip is booked to depart or return at high spring tide we will have the road traffic stopped and the Old Toll Bridge swung open to allow us passage. The approx. distance of this trip is 5 miles.  

Wildlife trips down river take two hours. Please have warm, waterproof clothing. These trips can only depart when tide is on the rise or soon after. The distance of the trip is about 12 miles. For something different a Pub lunch or Isle of Thanet boundary trip to Plucks Gutter takes 1hr 30mins in each direction from Sandwich. We carry a menu from the Dog and Duck and order food by phone on our way to save time . This is usually a one hour stop. This does not include the cost of a meal. (See schedule under special excursions) A longer trip to Grove Ferry takes 2 hours each way. This also does not include the cost of a meal or possible night stop at Grove ferry. Whole boat charters can be arranged with the normal charter price for the Heron or The Sandwich Tug at just £120 per hour, with a maximum of 12 persons per boat.

For enquiries please telephone 07958 376 183.

Commercial use of the Tug or the passenger boats is £600 per day, each with a qualified boat master plus the cost of  fuel. Each extra member of crew is £150 per day all supplied with personal protective equipment.

 We have our own  5 kva generator, welding and cutting equipment with qualified personnel to operate them. The cost of use on request.


Our boats.

The boat that has been most use is Heron [1965 lifeboat 8.6 metres long]

Egret [1971 lifeboat 5.9mts long] is also in use with us.  We have acquired a new vessel Southern Queen, for use on charter work catering for coach parties.  This vessel is fully enclosed for year round use. Southern Queen is a Dunkirk veteran.  

Additionally we have the Sandwich Tug put together by us to help with the Environment Agency Sandwich Flood protection works of a year or so ago. Sandwich Tug is and ex steel fishing boat fitted with a 6 litre Ford diesel. She has a passenger licence for work duties and may from time to time be in passenger use.

Lookout for ‘The Yellow Boat’.