Portsmouth to Ryde foot passenger catamaran

Your journey at a glance

  • How long does it take? The crossing is just 22 minutes aboard one of Wightlink’s smart, contemporary catamarans.
  • Where from, where to? Operating between Portsmouth Harbour railway station and Ryde Pier Head, this is the best connected, most convenient ferry service for foot passengers. From Ryde Pier Head, the Island Line runs direct trains to Brading, Sandown and Shanklin, whilst Ryde bus station offers easy access to the entire Island. The Portsmouth Terminal is adjacent to Portsmouth Harbour railway station and the national and local bus interchange.
  • What’s on board? Sit back and relax in the comfortable lounges or take in the sea air and passing views from the open decks.
  • When can I go? Wightlink offers frequent crossings from early morning to late evening all year.
  • How much does it cost?
    Wightlink offer a range of fares for vehicles and foot passengers on one of our three routes.

Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station

Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station
The Hard
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3PS
Portsmouth Harbour

Yes, Wightlink’s Portsmouth Harbour Catamaran Terminal is adjacent to Portsmouth Harbour railway station and the national and local bus interchange for fast, easy connections UK-wide.
  • Wightlink Ticket Office
  • Costa Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Bicycle racks.

The car park at Gunwharf Road is to be closed to the public throughout improvement works at Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal.

Wightlink are now unable to sell Parking season tickets until late summer. This is because parking and space at our car park will be extremely limited over the next stage of our terminal improvement works.

Alternative parking is available at our Lymington terminals. We will advise passengers if we’re aware of any alternative parking arrangements that can be made.

We’re very sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.

Where are the nearest alternative car parks?

The closest car parks to us are at Gunwharf Quays (7 minute walk) and Wickham street (11 minute walk).



If the car park is full, can I park nearby?

Yes, the Gunwharf Quays and Wickham Street car parks are close by and Wightlink has negotiated a special parking rate for customers parking for up to 24 hours at Gunwharf Quays.

Please note this discount is not available during Isle of Wight Festival periods when 24 hour parking will cost £20. To take advantage of this rate, just show your ticket, or your ticket receipt at the car park office.


The Gunwharf Quays office is open:

Monday – 7.30 am – Midnight
Tuesday – 7.30 am – Midnight
Wednesday – 7.30 am – 2.00 am
Thursday – 7.30 am – Midnight
Friday – 7.30 am – 3.00 am
Saturday – 7.30 am – 3.00 am
Sunday – 7.30 am – Midnight

How much does it cost to park at Gunwharf Quays with the discount?
Up to 2 hours £2.90
2-3 hours £3.90
3-4 hours £5.90
4-5 hours £6.90
Up to 24 hours(not during Isle of Wight Festival) £8.00

How much does it cost to park at Wickham Street?
Up to 1 hour £1.00
1-2 hours £2.00
2-3 hours £3.00
3-4 hours £4.00
4-5 hours £5.00
5-6 hours £6.00
6-7 hours £7.00
7-8 hours £8.00
8- 24 hours £15.00


Ryde Pier Head
Ryde Pier Head
The Esplanade
Ryde
Isle of Wight
PO33 2HF
Ryde

Wightlink offers frequent, round-the-clock sailings all year.


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Passenger details

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Route details

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.
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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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