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Wightlink sails between the mainland and the Isle of Wight up to 150 times a day on three routes: our car ferries cross between Lymington and Yarmouth and from Portsmouth to Fishbourne in as little as 40 minutes, while modern catamarans zip over to Ryde from Portsmouth in approximately 25 minutes. Our terminals are easily accessible from all parts of the UK and here you’ll find details on how to find us!

By Road

Situated on the south coast of the country all our ports are easily accessible by road  and provide the most access to the Isle of Wight either via the beautiful New Forest, crossing from Lymington over to Yarmouth on the western side of the Isle of Wight or via Portsmouth and heading over to either Fishbourne or Ryde providing access to the northern and eastern sides of the Isle of Wight.

For your Sat Nav or route finder

Lymington Car Ferry Port – SO41 5SB
Portsmouth Gunwharf Car Ferry – PO1 2LA
Portsmouth Harbour Foot Passenger Catamaran – PO1 3PS
Fishbourne Car Ferry Port – PO33 4EU
Yarmouth Car Ferry Port – PO41 0PB
Ryde Pier Head Foot Passenger Catamaran – PO33 2HF

Directions to...

Lymington Car Ferry Port – SO41 5SB

From A27/A3/M27, continue on M27, at junction 12 exit onto M27 West towards Southampton/Fareham.

From M3/M27, continue on M27, at junction 13 exit onto M27 towards West/So'ton Docks/Bournemouth.

At junction 1, exit toward Lyndhurst/A337. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto A31 heading to Cadnam/Totton/A336/Lyndhurst/A337. At the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto Lyndhurst Rd/A337 continue for appx 3.4m. At the traffic lights in Lyndhurst turn left onto the High St/A35. Turn right onto Gosport Ln/A35. Continue down the lane and keep left at the fork, continue to follow A337 (7m), go through 1 roundabout. At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto marsh Ln/B3054. Turn left onto bridge Rd/B3054 annd then turn right onto Undershore.

Portsmouth Gunwharf Car Ferry Port - PO1 2LA

From A3, continue onto A3(M), take exit onto A27, continue onto M27 (signs for Southampton/Fareham/Portsmouth/M275). At Junction 12 exit onto M275.

From M3/M27, continue on M27, at junction 12 exit onto M275 towards Portsmouth (W).

From A27, continue onto M27 (signs for Southampton/Fareham/Portsmouth/M275). At Junction 12 exit onto M275.

Continue onto A3, from here the Gunwharf Car Ferry Terminal is signposted (follow IOW Car Ferry signs),
go through 1 roundabout, at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto market Way/A3, go through 1 roundabout.
At cross roads go straight across, at the next set of traffic lights keep left and continue to follow A3.
On one way system keep right (past University building) and take a sharp right onto St Michael's Rd/A288 and turn immediately left onto Cambridge Rd/A3,
follow road and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto St George's Rd/B2154, continue along the road, the road bears to to the left and becomes Gunwharf Road.

The Portsmouth Gunwharf Ferry Terminal is on the right hand side. 

By Coach / Bus

Lymington Car Ferry Terminal - National Express services run to and from Lymington Town Centre and The Hard Interchange in Portsmouth from destinations all over the UK mainland.

Portsmouth Gunwharf Car Ferry Terminal is a 10 minute walk from Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station and The Hard Interchange bus station. Bus and coach services run directly to the Portsmouth Harbour Catamaran Terminal (Portsmouth Harbour Station and The Hard bus station are within the same interchange as the Catamaran Terminal).
In the summer a shuttle bus operates between the Portsmouth International Port and The Hard Interchange for connections to the catamarans.

Portsmouth Harbour Foot passenger Catamaran - National Express and local bus and coach services arrive directly outside the catamaran terminal at Portsmouth Harbour Station and The Hard Bus Interchange.

Fishbourne Car Ferry Terminal - There are no direct public transport services to the Fishbourne Terminal. A Southern Vectis bus service operates from Kite Hill which is about 15 minutes walk from the Terminal.

Yarmouth Car Ferry Terminal - Southern Vectis bus services operate from outside the terminal on Bridge Road.

Ryde Pier Head Foot Passenger Catamaran - Southern Vectis bus services operate from Ryde Esplanade, a short walk along the pier or take the train.

For more information about getting around the Isle of Wight by bus visit:

By Train

Several railway companies run direct trains to Portsmouth Harbour from destinations such as London Waterloo, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff and Southampton.

These services run directly to the Portsmouth Harbour Catamaran Terminal (Portsmouth Harbour Station and our Catamaran Terminal are within the same interchange) so getting across the the Isle of Wight is easy. You can get from London Waterloo to Ryde on the IOW in just over 2 hours.

On the Isle of Wight, Island Line services run directly to the Ryde Pier Head Catamaran Terminal (Ryde Pier Head Station is within the same interchange as our Catamaran Terminal) from Shanklin.

Just ask for a through ticket from your local station to any Island destination!

National Rail run trains to Lymington Pier and is located in close proximatey to the Lymington Car Ferry Terminal. Lymington Pier is well connected with a branch line connecting to the mainline London - Southampton - Bournemouth service at Brockenhurst.

For more information visit:

From the Island

You can book your rail travel at our Ryde Pier Head ticket office at the same time as your ferry crossing, enabling you to travel anywhere in the country on one ticket. You can get railcard discounts too if you have one.

Service Status Updated 28/07/2014 


Portsmouth  Fishbourne

Please see below the revised timetable running between 25-28 July


Portsmouth – Ryde Catamaran 

All services are running to advertised timetables


Lymington – Yarmouth 

All services are running to advertised timetables


St Helen comes back into limited service - Friday 25 July

Wightlink will today bring St Helen back into limited service.  The company has been co-operating with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and Maritime Coastguard Agency investigations since the incident involving St Helen on the evening of Friday 18 July.  Wightlink is also conducting its own investigation.

Following consultation and with full approval of the authorities, from today St Helen will be used to support the revised timetable which Wightlink is running on its Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.  The mezzanine decks will not be used.

Chief Operating Officer John Burrows explains

“The safety of our customers is always our priority at Wightlink.  Bringing the St Helen back into limited service, with her mezzanine decks safely secured out of use, will help us to get as many people to and from the Isle of Wight as possible.  All of our ships undergo regular, planned maintenance and, even though St Helen’s mezzanine deck is of a different design to our other vessels, we have taken the precaution of having all our mezzanine decks independently inspected and we will continue to check them daily”.


Portsmouth – Fishbourne – 25/26/27/28 July 2014 


We’ve had to make some changes to our Portsmouth–Fishbourne car ferry service this coming weekend (25/26/27/28 July). This is due to carrying out a thorough investigation of the problem with St Helen’s mezzanine deck. We will continue to provide a frequent service and are running nine additional return sailings whilst we await the return of St Helen.Please check in 30 minutes before your booked sailing. Affected customers are being prioritised on the next available departure. We’d like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the unavoidable changes. 

The timetable will be:

Monday 28th July 2014
From Portsmouth From Fishbourne
0300 0400
0500 0600
0600 0700
0630 0730
0700 0800
0800 0900
0830 0930
0900 1000
1000 1100
1030 1130
1100 1200
1200 1300
1230 1330
1300 1400
1400 1500
1430 1530
1500 1600
1600 1700
1630 1730
1700 1800
1800 1900
1830 - additional sailing 1930 - additional sailing
1900 2000
2000 2100
2030 - additional sailing 2130 - additional sailing
2100 2200


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