National Ferry Fortnight

Welcome to Wightlink and the start of your adventure to the Isle of Wight. Whether you are taking a car ferry for the first time or just re-discovering ferry travel there are plenty of firsts for everyone to enjoy at one of the most idyllic family holiday destinations in the UK.

Learn all you need to know about our routes and ferry timetables, great value fares and more… PLUS, thanks to our friends at Camping and Caravanning Club, enter our competition below and you could WIN a week away on the Isle of Wight – or one of ten exciting giveaways from Wightlink. So what are you waiting for? Enter below to Ferry Together on a wonderful Isle of Wight holiday.

National Ferry Fortnight and Ferry Together can be followed on Twitter using #NFF2017 and #FerryTogether.

The Isle of Wight is the place to be, let us take you there

Whether you’re travelling by foot, train, coach or car, getting to the Isle of Wight is easier with Wightlink:

  • The choice of three convenient routes – from Lymington and Portsmouth
  • More sailings each day* than any other cross Solent ferry operator
  • We’ve got the Island covered – Yarmouth in the West to Ryde and Fishbourne in the East
  • Crossings from only 22 minutes*
  • Great on board facilities – spacious lounges, refreshments and sundecks
*More sailings each day is based on the combined total of all three Wightlink routes. Number of sailings each day varies throughout the year. Portsmouth Harbour Station to Ryde Pier Head in 22 minutes. Portsmouth to Fishbourne in 45 minutes and Lymington to Yarmouth in 40 minutes.

Getting to the Wightlink ferry terminal

Bringing your own wheels? Our Portsmouth Gunwharf Terminal is easily accessed from the UK motorway network and our comfortable ferry will get you across to Fishbourne in around 45 minutes.

If you’re coming from the West, you may find our Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry suits you better. Once again, it’s easy to get to and because it’s the fastest car ferry crossing to the Island, you’ll be at your holiday accommodation in no time at all. Island map with ferries

Car driving distance map to the Wightlink Terminal

Wightlink Flexi-Pricing … matching demand with capacity

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Wightlink passenger vehicle fares vary depending on the day and time of travel, capacity available on board the ferries at the time of checking availability and vehicle size. They include up to 7 people in one vehicle (or 2 on a motorcycle).

Wightlink Flexi-Pricing keeps our ferry fares as attractive and competitive as possible:

  • The sooner you book and the more flexible you can be, the more likely you are to pay a lower fare.
  • Fares generally rise the closer you get to the sailing date.
  • Prices for a specific crossing may increase or decrease in line with demand. To secure the fare quoted at the time of checking, it should be booked immediately.
  • Limited-time Promotional fares on selected crossings may be lower than those originally charged.

Cars, Small vans, Large cars and Motorhomes

Standard Ticket Product Rules
  Online booking or amendment Information
Booking fee FREE Booking fee is non-refundable
Amendment fee FREE Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment
Refundable Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled sailing are non-refundable.
Cancellation fee £5
Check in rules
  • Vehicles must check in at least 30 minutes (but no longer than 1 hour) before scheduled sailing time
  • We will try to accommodate late arrivals (those up to 2 hours late), provided there is space to do so, on the next available crossing
  • Arrivals more than 2 hours after scheduled sailing time shall be classified as a No Show. Subject to availability you may amend your booking for travel before 23:59 the same day
  • Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment
  • ‘No Shows’ that cannot be accommodated before 23.59 on the same day or who choose to travel on a subsequent day, must purchase a new ticket
Read the full Standard Ticket Product Rules - including booking by Phone and Ticket Office

Economy Ticket Product Rules
  Online booking or amendment Information
Booking fee FREE Booking fee is non-refundable
Amendment fee FREE Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment.
Amendment fee is non-refundable.
Refundable  
Check in rules
  • Vehicles must check in at least 30 minutes (but no longer than 1 hour) before scheduled sailing time
  • We will try to accommodate late arrivals (those up to 2 hours late), provided there is space to do so, on the next available crossing
  • Arrivals more than 2 hours after scheduled sailing time shall be classified as a No Show. Subject to availability you may amend your booking for travel before 23:59 the same day
  • Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment
  • ‘No Shows’ that cannot be accommodated before 23.59 on the same day or who choose to travel on a subsequent day, must purchase a new ticket
Read the full Economy Ticket Product Rules - including booking by Phone and Ticket Office

Vehicle sizes

The vehicles size is the true maximum length and height, including any tow-bars, overhanging items and roof loads (e.g. a top box or bicycles).

Be sure to select the correct vehicle size so that you get the best fare for your journey.

Cars and Vans

Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long

High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long

Large cars

Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
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Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.

High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
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high passenger vehicles isle of wight
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.

Motorhomes

Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
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Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.

High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
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Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.

Getting to the Wightlink ferry terminal

If you’re travelling by train from anywhere in the country, just head for either Portsmouth Harbour Railway station or Lymington Pier Railway Station.

Hop off the train in Portsmouth and it’s just a few steps to our Catamaran Terminal, from where we’ll whisk you over to Ryde in just 22 minutes. (Don’t forget to buy your ticket through to Ryde Esplanade or beyond if you don’t fancy a walk down the pier).

More information about Island Line train services can be found here.

More information about Southern Vectis bus services from Ryde Pier Head can be found here.

From Lymington Pier Railway station you are just a few minutes walk from our ferry terminal.

Island map with ferries

Foot passenger fares from the mainland to the Isle of Wight


Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day ReturnValid for passenger returning within 364 nights Single Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Adult £15.40 £21.00 £10.50 £13.00
Child (5-15)Children under 5 travel FREE £7.70 £10.50 £5.25 £6.50
Senior Citizen (60+)^ £11.50 £15.70 £7.85 £9.70
Student (16+)* £13.00 £17.70 £8.85 £10.70
Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Family foot passenger(1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children) £40.40 £32.00

Information

*Student rate: A valid NUS/Student Rider/ISIC (International Student identity Card)/NUS Extra card or College/University photo ID cards with an expiry date.
^Senior Citizen (60+) rate:If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, you may be asked to produce proof of your age.



Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day ReturnValid for passenger returning within 364 nights Single Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Adult £15.40 £21.00 £10.50 £13.00
Child (5-15)Children under 5 travel FREE £7.70 £10.50 £5.25 £6.50
Senior Citizen (60+)^ £11.50 £15.70 £7.85 £9.70
Student (16+)* £13.00 £17.70 £8.85 £10.70
Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Family foot passenger(1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children) £40.40 £32.00

Information

*Student rate: A valid NUS/Student Rider/ISIC (International Student identity Card)/NUS Extra card or College/University photo ID cards with an expiry date.
^Senior Citizen (60+) rate:If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, you may be asked to produce proof of your age.



Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day ReturnValid for passenger returning within 364 nights Single Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Adult £19.00 £25.60 £12.80 £13.00
Child (5-15)Children under 5 travel FREE £9.50 £12.80 £6.40 £6.50
Senior Citizen (60+)^ £14.20 £19.40 £9.70 £9.70
Student (16+)* £16.00 £21.60 £10.80 £10.70
Category Day returnValid for passenger returning by 4.30 am next day Evening FlyerValid for a return journey only. Outward journey must be taken after 4.00 pm and before 23.59 pm, return travel by 4.30 am next day.
Family foot passenger(1 adult + 4 children or 2 adults + 3 children) £47.40 £32.00

Information

*Student rate: A valid NUS/Student Rider/ISIC (International Student identity Card)/NUS Extra card or College/University photo ID cards with an expiry date.
^Senior Citizen (60+) rate:If you’re lucky enough to look younger than you are, you may be asked to produce proof of your age.


Great value… great connections… and a great day out.

Wightlink makes it easy to enjoy a wonderful day out on the Isle of Wight with outstanding value combination tickets exclusively for foot passengers.

How do I buy a combination ticket?

Simply purchase your tickets on the day of travel from the Wightlink Ticket Office.

  • Island Express

    Day return catamaran travel from Portsmouth to Ryde and a day’s unlimited travel on Island Line trains from only £25.00

    1 February 2017 – 20 May 2017 Adult Senior (60+) Child (5-15) Infants under 5
    Island Express £25.00 £20.20 £12.50 FREE
    21 May 2017 – 31 December 2017 Adult Senior (60+) Child (5-15) Infants under 5
    Island Express £25.10 £20.30 £12.55 FREE
  • Wight Rover

    Day return ferry travel from Portsmouth to Ryde or Lymington to Yarmouth and a day’s unlimited travel on Southern Vectis buses from only £24.70

    1 February 2017 – 31 December 2017 Adult Child (5-15) Infants under 5
    Wight Rover from Portsmouth Harbour
    (Includes travel on Island Line Trains from Ryde Pier to Ryde Esplanade)
    £26.70 £13.40 FREE
    Wight Rover from Lymington £24.70 £12.40 FREE
  • Steam Liner

    Day return catamaran travel from Portsmouth to Ryde, travel on Island Line trains from Ryde Pier to Smallbrook Junction and the IOW Steam Railway’s train operating days for only £33.90

    19 March 2017 – 29 October 2017 Adult Child (5-15) Infants under 5
    Steam Liner £33.90 £17.20 FREE
    25, 26, 27, 28 August 2017 Adult Child (5-15) Infants under 5
    Steam Show £33.90 £11.20 FREE

Standard Foot Passenger Product Rules
  Online booking or amendment Information
Booking fee FREE  
Amendment fee FREE Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment
Refundable Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled sailing are non-refundable.
Cancellation fee £5
Check in rules
  • Foot passengers must check in no later than 15 minutes before scheduled sailing with a valid ticket
  • Disabled Travel Scheme or Accessible Travel bookings must check in no later than 30 minutes before scheduled sailing but no earlier than one hour before scheduled sailing time
  • We will try to accommodate late arrivals (those up to 2 hours late), provided there is space to do so, on the next available crossing
  • Arrivals more than 2 hours after scheduled sailing time shall be classified as a No Show, and a new ticket must be purchased
Read the full Standard Foot Passenger Product Rules - including booking by Phone and Ticket Office

Family Foot Passenger Product Rules
  Online booking or amendment Information
Booking fee Not available to book online  
Amendment fee Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment
Refundable Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled sailing are non-refundable.
Cancellation fee
Check in rules
  • Foot passengers must check in no later than 15 minutes before scheduled sailing with a valid ticket
  • Disabled Travel Scheme or Accessible Travel bookings must check in no later than 30 minutes before scheduled sailing but no earlier than one hour before scheduled sailing time
  • We will try to accommodate late arrivals (those up to 2 hours late), provided there is space to do so, on the next available crossing
  • Arrivals more than 2 hours after scheduled sailing time shall be classified as a No Show, and a new ticket must be purchased
Read the Full Family Foot Passenger Product Rule - including booking by Phone and Ticket Office

Special Tickets (Combination) – Foot passengers
  Online booking or amendment Information
Booking fee Not available to book online  
Amendment fee Any increase in ticket costs must be paid at time of amendment
Refundable Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled sailing are non-refundable.
Cancellation fee
Check in rules
  • Foot passengers must check in no later than 15 minutes before scheduled sailing with a valid ticket
  • Disabled Travel Scheme or Accessible Travel bookings must check in no later than 30 minutes before scheduled sailing but no earlier than one hour before scheduled sailing time
  • We will try to accommodate late arrivals (those up to 2 hours late), provided there is space to do so, on the next available crossing
  • Arrivals more than 2 hours after scheduled sailing time shall be classified as a No Show, and a new ticket must be purchased
Read the full Special Tickets Foot Passenger Product Rules - including booking by Phone and Ticket Office

WIN a week’s holiday on the Isle of Wight or Wightlink Travel Vouchers

Thanks to our friends at The Camping and Caravanning Club, you could WIN a week away on the Isle of Wight or one of ten exciting giveaways from Wightlink.

All you have to do is complete your details in full on the form below, click submit, and your name will be added to the draw.

The prizes include:

  • One first prize of a week’s stay in a Ready Camp ‘safari tent’ in the The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Adgestone campsite on the Isle of Wight, with one return car ferry crossing with Wightlink for up to 6 people
  • Five second place prizes of £50 Wightlink Vouchers for travel on foot or by car to the Isle of Wight
  • Five third place prizes of £25 Wightlink Vouchers for travel on foot or by car to the Isle of Wight

*Terms and conditions apply – see below.

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Discover Ferries National Ferry Fortnight Terms & Conditions

 

  1. This prize draw is open for entry during Discover Ferries National Ferry Fortnight, 06 – 20 May 2017 inclusive. Entries must be received by midnight on 20 May 2017.
  2. To enter the prize draw please go to www.wightlink.co.uk/do/discover-ferries/
  3. The Promoter is Wightlink Ferries Limited (number 01059267) Gunwharf Terminal, Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth PO1 2LA.
  4. You are not required to make a purchase with either Wightlink Ferries Limited or The Camping and Caravanning Club to enter this prize draw. Entry is only available online.
    The prize is one (1) of eleven (11) giveaways.
    • One prize of a week’s stay in a Ready Camp ‘safari tent’ in The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Adgestone campsite on the Isle of Wight, with return car ferry crossings with Wightlink for up to 6 people
      • the departure date for the short break must be on or before 23 September 2017
      • the ferry travel and accommodation are subject to availability on the dates chosen by each winner
      • each winner is strongly advised to book the accommodation and ferry crossing as far in advance as possible but the bookings must be made at least seven (7) days in advance of the preferred travel date. The ferry travel is one return ferry crossing for one vehicle up to 5 metres in length and up to 4.2 metres high as set out here with a driver and up to 5 passengers
      • the accommodation is a ready to camp ‘safari tent’
      • the dates of stay are subject to availability
      • the competition is not open to employees of The Camping and Caravanning Club or Wightlink Ferries
    • Five second place prizes of £50 Wightlink Vouchers for travel on foot or by car to the Isle of Wight
    • Five third place prizes of £25 Wightlink Vouchers for travel on foot or by car to the Isle of Wight
  5. The prize break cannot include any of the following dates: 8-11 June 2017 (all dates inclusive).
  6. This prize draw is open to entrants resident in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) aged 18 and over except employees of the Promoter, Park Resorts Limited, Coast AMS or of any of their group companies. Only one entry per person. No automated, third-party or bulk entries. The Promoter cannot accept responsibility for incomplete or delayed entries, or those not received for whatever reason.
  7. There is no cash alternative (in full or in part) to the prize, and each prize is non-transferable and non-refundable. The Promoter reserves the right to offer a similar prize or prize of equal or greater value if necessary.
  8. Once the accommodation and ferry travel bookings have been confirmed, no refund is available in the event of cancellation or part-use.
  9. Any amendment to the ferry booking will be charged at £5 per amendment. The prize does not include travel to and from the ferry terminal for departure or on return or between the ferry terminal and the Park or any insurance.
  10. The winners will be the first eleven names selected at random by an independently verified computer system after the closing date. The winners will be notified by email or phone within 14 days of the closing date. If a winner cannot be contacted within a further 28 days, the prize will be forfeited.
  11. For details of winners’ names and counties, write to Wightlink Ferries Limited, Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LA by 30 April 2016 enclosing a stamped addressed envelope stating the name of the prize draw.
  12. Acceptance of a prize will be deemed as permission for Wightlink Ferries Limited to make the winner’s name and county public, to take publicity photographs, to interview the winner and for this material to be used by the Promoter in any media publication.
  13. The Promoter’s decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
  14. The prize cannot be taken in conjunction with any other Wightlink or Park Resorts offers’ or promotions’.
  15. Tesco Clubcard Boost tokens cannot be used as part or full payment towards any amendment charges.
  16. All ferry bookings are subject to Wightlink’s General Conditions for the Provision of Ferry Services. The Camping and Caravanning Club is responsible for the accommodation.


Low vehicles (LV)

Up to 5.00m long
Up to 2.24m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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High vehicles (HV)

Up to 5.00m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Cars, small vans and any other vehicle up to 5m long
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Low passenger vehicles (LP)

5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
low passenger vehicles isle of wight

High passenger vehicles (HP)

5.01m to 15m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Longer cars, pick-ups built on a car chassis, passenger vehicles with up to 7 seats and specially adapted disabled vehicles, 5.01m to 15m long.
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Low motorhome (LM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 2.24m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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High motorhome (HM)

Recreational vehicle 5.01m to 15m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Recreational vehicles built or adapted for sleeping which include fitted seating and kitchen facilities.
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Low commercial vehicles (LF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Up to 2.24m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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High commercial vehicles (HF)

Commercial vehicle 5.01m to 7m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Vans, pick-ups, trucks and other goods vehicles designed to carry heavy loads 5.1m and longer and have not been specifically constructed or adapted for the carriage of passengers.
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Freight rigid (FR)

Freight vehicle 7.01m to 12m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Single chassis freight vehicles designed to carry heavy loads.
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Freight artic (FA)

Freight vehicle over 12m to 19m long
Up to 4.2m high.
Tractor-trailer freight vehicle up to 44 tonne GVWR with a split chassis or separate unit designed to carry heavy loads.
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Minibus (MINI)

Passenger vehicles 5.01m to 8m long
Over 2.24m to 4.2m high
Passenger vehicles with 8-17 seats.
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Coaches

Because we need to know additional information for coach bookings such as loaded and empty passenger numbers, please visit our Coach page to make your booking
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Motorcycle/trike/quad (MC)

Vehicles up to 3.5m long.
Motorcycles, Motorcycles with sidecars, three or four wheeled personal powered tricycle, TWIZY or quad bike up to 3.5m long.
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Bicycles and mobility scooters

Mobility Scooters must be battery powered.
Electric bikes must retain the ability to be pedalled by the rider.
Pushbikes, e-bikes and battery powered Mobility scooters travel free of charge when a customer purchases a foot passenger ticket.
No need to book separately.
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