Norm Needleman


Norm Needleman



April 1, 2022

Sen. Needleman Announces Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Begins Season

Today, State Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) is pleased to announce the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry begins operations on April 1, with the ferry operating daily through November 30. Pedestrians, cyclists and automobiles are welcome on the ferry, which has been in service for more than 250 years since its start in 1769.

“The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry’s history is just one reason why we should be proud of this local resource,” said Sen. Needleman. “Whether you’re looking for a different way to travel around the state, want to visit somewhere new or simply want to enjoy the ride across the Connecticut River, I hope everyone can get out this year and ride the ferry.”

The ferry will operate on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weather conditions, water levels and mechanical issues can sometimes impact ferry operation.

To reach the ferry from Hadlyme, drive to Route 148 off Route 82 and follow signs to the ferry landing. To reach it from Chester, take Route 9 to exit 6 on Route 148 and follow signs to the ferry landing.

The ferry costs $5 per vehicle on weekdays and $6 per vehicle on weekends, with 20-ride commuter coupons available for $60 ($3 per ride). There is also a $2 rate for pedestrians and bicyclists to walk on the ferry.

Up-to-date scheduling information is available at