MS Oldenburg

Summer visitors (from the end of March until the end of October), whether staying or day-trippers, are carried to Lundy on the MS Oldenburg, Lundy's own ship.

Sailing and fare information for day trips can be found on our Day Trips page.

Travelling by MS Oldenburg 

26 March 2024 - 25 October 2024

1 April 2025 - 24 October 2025

2024 period return tickets cost £93 for adults, £49 for children under 16 and £22 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 £50 per person, and £17 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.  

Download our "Before you depart" guide for sailing with the Oldenburg.


About the ship

She is a graceful motor vessel, comfortable and built on traditional lines. Below decks she retains her original panelling and brass fittings, but has been skilfully modernised to provide heated saloons, bar, buffet, shop and information centre. 

The bar offers a wide range of drinks and a relaxing atmosphere, whist hot and cold food is provided at the buffet. You can while away the time in our well stocked shop or find out more about the island at the information centre.  

On fine days there is plenty of space on deck and if you are lucky you may be treated to the company of a playful pod of dolphins who often delight in following the ship.

MS Oldenburg has scheduled sailings to Lundy up to four times a week from either Ilfracombe or Bideford and can carry 267 passengers. The sailing timetable can be viewed here.

She is also available for charters such as business meetings, private parties, fund raisers and wedding receptions.  

  • Charters

    MS Oldenbury charters +
  • The MS Oldenburg's past

    The history of the MS Oldenburg