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Portsmouth - Ryde Foot Passenger Catamaran

Our fastest passenger connection is provided by our comfortable catamarans between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head.  

The catamarans connect the railway stations at either end of the service in approximately 22 minutes.

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Portsmouth Harbour Station Port Information

In this section for each port (tabs above) you can find useful information for ferry travel between Portsmouth Harbour-Ryde Pier (IOW) including maps, transport links, (road and rail), rail station location, parking, and accessibility information for disabled people.

Map of Portsmouth Harbour Catamaran Terminal

  • Portsmouth Harbour Catamaran Terminal

Portsmouth Harbour Catamaran Terminal

The Hard

We have 2 terminals in Portsmouth: Portsmouth Harbour for the passenger catamaran service to Ryde Pier and the Gunwharf Terminal for the car ferry service to Fishbourne.

Portsmouth Harbour Station - Catamaran Terminal

If you are travelling on the catamaran service you can grab yourself a drink or snack to enjoy during the short crossing at the Costa Coffee situated in the Terminal.

National Express and local bus and coach services arrive directly outside the catamaran terminal at Portsmouth Harbour Station and The Hard Bus Interchange). National Rail / South West Trains, run direct trains to Portsmouth Harbour from London Waterloo to connect to our Portsmouth Harbour catamaran terminal. You can buy your South West Trains tickets online, at your nearest station or simply call 0845 6000 650.


Foot passengers do not need to book in advance. We do request, however, that you arrive 15 minutes prior to departure to allow time to purchase your tickets and board the catamaran. Please allow at least 10 minutes for connecting between trains and catamarans at Portsmouth Harbour.


Transport Links:

National Rail
National Express
First Group Bus
Stagecoach Bus
Gosport Ferry
South West Trains



  • Ticket Office
  • Costa Coffee
  • Toilets

Parking in Portsmouth

There is a car park opposite the Car Ferry Terminal in Gunwharf Road (approximately a 10 minute walk to the Catamaran Terminal).

£ from 01/10/13
0-2 hours
2-16 hours  6.00
16-24 hours or part thereafter
Evening Special; valid for parking 16:00-05:00  4.00

30 Day Parking Season Tickets are available to Foot Passenger Multilink Ticket and Season Ticket Holders at the following rates depending on the ferry ticket(s) held:

Ticket held from 01/10/13
7 Day Season Ticket  n/a
30 Day Season Ticket /Academic Season Ticket /book of 60 single passenger Multilinks  65.00
90 Day Season Ticket  63.00
Annual Season Ticket  58.50

We’re sorry, but our car park will be closed on the dates shown below.

This is so we can provide more check-in space for our customers and ease congestion in the City over busy periods. 

12:00 Fri 23-May-14 to 22:00 Sat 24-May-14
12:00 Wed 11-Jun-14 to 22:00 Fri 13-Jun-14
12:00 Thu 24-Jul-14 to 22:00 Sat 26-Jul-14
12:00 Thu 31-Jul-14 to 22:00 Sat 02-Aug-14
12:00 Thu 07-Aug-14 to 22:00 Sat 09-Aug-14
12:00 Thu 14-Aug-14 to 22:00 Sat 16-Aug-14
12:00 Thu 21-Aug-14 to 22:00 Sat 23-Aug-14
12:00 Thu 28-Aug-14 to 22:00 Sat 30-Aug-14
12:00 Wed 03-Sep-14 to 22:00 Fri 05-Sep-14

Alternative car parks are marked on the map above - they are not operated by Wightlink and you are advised to check opening times and tariffs with the operators.Click for Portsmouth City Council Parking pages. Broad Street car park and Camber Quay car park are the closet to the Gunwharf Road car ferry terminal.


Gunwharf Quays Car Park

We have negotiated special rates with Gunwharf Quays for 24 hour parking for Wightlink customers (on production of a valid Wightlink Ticket/receipt) of just £8.00 per 24 hour period (excluding festival dates).
Simply present your Wightlink ticket or receipt at the Gunwharf Quays Car Park Office, during office opening hours to take advantage of this offer. If not in possession of your ticket when travelling please ensure you ask for a receipt at our Ticket Office when collecting your tickets.

Office Opening Hours
Mon - 07:30 - Midnight
Tues - 07:30 - Midnight
Wed - 07:30 - 02:00
Thurs - 07:30 - Midnight
Fri - 07:30 - 03:00
Sat - 07:30 - 03:00
Sun - 07:30 – Midnight

If you have any queries regarding Gunwharf Quays Car Park or Europa House Car Park please contact 02392 836762.

Portsmouth Park & Ride - No overnight parking

Now it’s really easy to get into Portsmouth by car, with the state-of-the-art park & ride service.

Simply park in the large, secure car park and hop on the frequent park & ride buses that will drop you off in the heart of the city, The Hard Interchange close to Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard. 

Daily prices start from £3.50pp.

For more information visit the Park & Ride website here. 

Travel updates for Portsmouth to Ryde Catamaran

Service Status Updated 22/09/2014 


Portsmouth  Fishbourne

All services are running to advertised timetables


Portsmouth – Ryde Catamaran 

All services are running to advertised timetables


Lymington – Yarmouth 

All services are running to advertised timetables

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Routes & Destinations
Portsmouth - Fishbourne Ferry
Lymington - Yarmouth Ferry
Portsmouth - Ryde Catamaran
Tickets & Prices
Travel Updates
How to get to us
Coach & Rail through travel
Ferry Disruption and Compensation

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