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
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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.

Yes, car parking is available opposite Wightlink’s Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal in Gunwharf Road, which is about a 10 minute walk away from the Catamaran Terminal.

The car park at our Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal in Gunwharf Road will be closed from 13 September 2016 throughout improvements works at Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal, although customers with parking season tickets will be admitted. We apologise for the inconvenience.

How much does it cost?
Up to 2 hours£1.60
2-16 hours£6.40
16-24 hours£8.20
For any hours over 24, a daily rate will apply£8.20
Evening & Overnight Parking (4.00 pm – 5.00 am)£4.40

If you have a 30 Day or longer Wightlink Season Ticket or are a 60 single passenger Multilink Pass holder, you can take advantage of these special Parking Season Ticket rates:

How much does it cost?
For 30 Day Season Ticket, Academic Season Ticket or Book of 60 single passenger Multilink Pass holders£68.00
For 90 Day Season Ticket holders£66.00
For Annual Season Ticket holders£62.00

You can buy your Parking Season Ticket at the Wightlink Ticket Office.

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

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