Getting to Lundy


Between 27 March and 26 October 2018 the island’s passenger and supply ship, MS Oldenburg, sails from Bideford and Ilfracombe, weather permitting. From 22 January to 23 March 2018 and 29 October 2018 to 2 January 2019, Lundy operates a helicopter service between Hartland Point and the island. Visitors staying on Lundy will require return transport tickets, which should be purchased no later than 14 days prior to travel.


Travelling by MS Oldenburg

27 March 2018 - 26 October  2018

2018 period return tickets cost £67 for adults, £34 for children under 16 and £14 for infants under four.

The journey to or from Lundy usually takes less than two hours. The ship's departure time from Lundy will be posted on The Marisco Tavern notice-board at least 24 hours before the sailing. Some sailings return you to a different port from that which you departed. Please refer to the sailing timetable for specific dates. When the coach/transport link is required between the ports of Ilfracombe and Bideford, we are happy to co-ordinate this service if you let us know on your return journey aboard MS Oldenburg.


Cancelled sailings

Like any other sea journey, the crossing to Lundy is subject to sea and weather conditions and sometimes we are unable to sail to or from the island on the planned day. If this happens we will arrange for a local helicopter operator to take you to or from the island at a subsidised price of £35 for adults and children under 16, and £8 for infants under 2, provided that flying conditions and helicopter availability allow it, and that you have paid for a passage on the MS Oldenburg.


Travelling by helicopter

29 October 2018 to 2 January 2019

2018 return helicopter tickets cost £119 for adults, £64 for children under 16 and £14 for infants under two.

The helicopter leaves from Hartland Point, about 20 miles west of Bideford. The journey to or from Lundy takes approximately seven minutes. It is important that you arrive and are checked in at Hartland Point in plenty of time. The helicopter usually seats seven passengers and you will be allocated to one of several flights that day when checking in. This may mean that your departure or arrival time could be later than shown in the timetable. Parking is available at Hartland Point, for which a small local charge is payable.

Please be aware that there are weight restrictions on the luggage taken to Lundy, 10kg per person on the helicopter. Excess baggage will be charged.



Lundy Transport Timetable



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Useful information

Before you leave

We will send you more detailed information about the journey, giving guidance on travel arrangements, luggage allowances, convenient hotels, parking and an advance shopping order form.

On arrival on Lundy

Entry to the property you are staying in should not be expected before 4pm, to allow time for it to be cleaned before you arrive. Both The Marisco Tavern and the shop will be open on arrival of MS Oldenburg or helicopter.


All properties have water, electricity (except Tibbetts), gas and drainage. Lundy being an island, water supplies may be restricted at times and electricity will not usually be available after midnight. There are no televisions, radios or telephones in the properties. There is intermittent mobile phone signal on Lundy but there is a pay phone in The Marisco Tavern.

Beds and linen

One set of sheets and pillowcases and one hand and one bath towel per bed per week are included in the price. You must not exceed the maximum number of people shown in the Price List for each building.

Bed and Breakfast

This may be available at short notice, using an unoccupied building. To book please telephone the Lundy Shore Office on 01271 863636, no more than two weeks before your visit. Breakfast is provided in The Marisco Tavern. There are facilities for making coffee and tea in your property. The price is £52 a night for a single room and £77 for a twin/double room

Dogs and Pets

Lundy is a working farm with large numbers of ewes and lambs at certain times of the year. For this reason we cannot allow you to bring dogs or pets (except assistance dogs) when travelling to, or staying on, the island.


Lundy is England's only statutory Marine Nature Reserve. Diving numbers are strictly controlled. It is essential that you book the diving facilities at the same time as you book your accommodation, or you will not be able to use them. We can transport your diving equipment on MS Oldenburg for a small charge of £16 per person. Unfortunately we cannot transport diving equipment by helicopter.

Rock climbing

Some of the country's best sea cliff climbs are to be found on the island. There are however, some climbing restrictions during the nesting season, from 1 April to 31 July and these are posted on the notice board in The Marisco Tavern. You must let us know when you book if you wish to climb.

Group bookings

We usually welcome large groups to stay on the island, and can normally provide meals for them in The Marisco Tavern. Accommodation will be provided in a combination of different properties, according to the level of comfort you require. Please note that stag and hen parties are not permitted.

Friends of Lundy

Many of those who visit Lundy are keen to help the islanders preserve the unique environment. The Friends subscription is spent on protecting and conserving Lundy’s natural beauty. The individual annual subscription is £25.50, couples £33 and families £40. Friends receive a discount on MS Oldenburg and helicopter tickets each time they travel to the island, a discount on late accommodation bookings (booked within 14 days of departure) and an annual newsletter.