Welcome!

The Transporter bridge is open!

After four years of major renovation works, the gondola of the Pont Transbordeur cross again the river Charente. From April to october, the Pont Transbordeur allows cyclists and pedestrians to reach both banks of Rochefort and Échillais.

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The Pont Transbordeur is open everyday from the 2nd of april to the 6th of November 2022:

The sanitary pass is not required. Face mask required.

Opening at 10.00 on monday morning

  • April: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.00

  • May: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.30

  • June: from 7.30 - 18.30

  • July & August: 9.30 -19.00

  • September: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.30

  • October until November 7th: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 17.30

  • From November 7th to April 2023: annual closure

nacelle ©Julie Chobelet - CARO

Buy your tickets in the ticket office on the Rochefort's bank and in the 'Maison du Transbordeur' on the Échillais' bank.

Tariffs :

  • One-way ticket: 2 €

  • Return ticket: 3 €

  • Reduced rates* (return ticket and groups up to 15 people): 2.50 €

  • Children from 6 to 11: 2 €

  • Free for children under 6

  • *10 crossings Card - season 2022: 12 €

  • *Unlimited crossings Card - season 2022: 25 €

Maison du Transbordeur - Visitor centre

In 2003, the 'Maison du Transbordeur' (Transporter Bridge visitor centre) opened in a converted ferry boat shed, in Échillais, allowing the Transporter Bridge to become a fully-fledged tourist attraction.

Discover the history of the Transporter Bridge! A temporary exhibition shows you how the State of France renovated the last transporter bridge of the country.

Free entrance. This major project led by the State can be followed this year!

Opening hours of the 'Maison du Transbordeur' in 2022:

The sanitary pass is required.

Open everyday from the 13th of may to the 7th of November.

  • April: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.00

  • May & June: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.30

  • July & August: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 19.00

  • September: from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.30

  • October until November 6th: 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 17.30

  • From November 7th to March 2023: annual closure

expo chantier ©JC/CARO
expo chantier ©JC/CARO

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Maison du Transbordeur
Maison du Transbordeur

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photo espace boutique
photo espace boutique

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expo chantier ©JC/CARO
expo chantier ©JC/CARO

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Sentier des Guetteurs - Watchmen's path

On each bank of the river Charente, follow the 'Sentier des Guetteurs" (Watchmen's path) around the Pont Transbordeur!

Discover the secrets of the Pont Transbordeur and its area following these artistical creations (from may to october). Free access.

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Pont et rose trémière ©Gwendoline Houill

Discover the Pont Transbordeur

Maison du Transbordeur

rue de Martrou

17620 ECHILLAIS

Phone: +33 (0)5 46 83 30 86

contact@pont-transbordeur.fr

Access on Rochefort's bank:

Rue Jacques Demy

17300 ROCHEFORT

Access

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For your safety:

- The sanitary pass is not required for the crossing. It is required for the visit of the Maison du Transbordeur.

- Hydroalcoholic gel available at the entrance of the museum.

- Face masks required.

- Only 49 people are allowed on the gondola, 16 people in the museum

- Please follow the direction in the museum.

- No self-service in the shop of the museum.

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This bridge developed by French engineer Ferdinand Arnodin and dating from 1900 provided a means of crossing from one bank to the other, without hindering shipping traffic. A gondola, suspended from a trolley running on rails, travels back and forth between Echillais and Rochefort. As well as the cyclists and foot passengers that use it today, it used to allow cars, carts and horses on board.

The Transporter Bridge of Rochefort is the last bridge of this type in France.

pont transbordeur inauguration

On 4 February at noon, the Transporter Bridge ceased to operate.

A Vertical-lift Bridge replaced it to cross the Charente river. A hidden counterweight system allowed the deck of the bridge to be raised between the concrete piers, like an enormous elevator, enabling boats to pass. The Viaduc de l'estuaire was inaugurated in 1991 to replace the vertical-lift bridge. It provided a constant thoroughfare for road vehicles, 30 metres above the River Charente.

Pont levant et voiliers
Pont levant et voiliers

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Pont levant position basse
Pont levant position basse

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Vélos sur la nacelle du Transbordeur
Vélos sur la nacelle du Transbordeur

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Pont levant et voiliers
Pont levant et voiliers

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The world of Transporter Bridges

Of the twenty or so transporter bridges that were built around the world, only eight remain today:

Having come together to form an association, the authorities that manage these Transporter Bridges have made a joint application to UNESCO to be listed as a World Heritage series.

Vizcaya ©Gonzalo Elorza Urreta
Vizcaya ©Gonzalo Elorza Urreta

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Rochefort - Échillais ©JC/CARO
Rochefort - Échillais ©JC/CARO

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Warrington ©Chris Digata
Warrington ©Chris Digata

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Vizcaya ©Gonzalo Elorza Urreta
Vizcaya ©Gonzalo Elorza Urreta

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About the Transporter Bridge

The world of Transporter bridges