What if my ferry is delayed or cancelled?

Wightlink works hard to run a reliable service. When problems do occur, we do our best to minimise the impact on our customers.

If your departure is delayed by more than 90 minutes or your sailing is cancelled you can…

  • Take a comparable sailing at no extra cost; or
  • Have a refund.

Compensation for delayed arrivals

If the arrival of your sailing is delayed by…

  • Less than 60 minutes, no compensation is payable.
  • Between 60 and 120 minutes, you can claim 25% of the fare paid for that crossing.
  • Over 120 minutes, you can claim 50% of the fare paid for that crossing.

Compensation claims must be made using our Compensation form. Wightlink will pay compensation within 30 days of receipt.

Refreshments

If your sailing is delayed by…

  • More than 90 minutes we will offer you a drink.
  • More than four hours, a light snack.
  • More than eight hours, a hot meal.

There may be times when we are unable to offer refreshments and we may give you a voucher instead.

Compensation exemptions

To qualify for compensation, you must be booked on a particular sailing, or have a season ticket, and must have checked in at least 30 minutes before your booked sailing (15 minutes for foot passengers).

Compensation is not payable when…

  • Weather and/or sea conditions endanger the safe operation of the ferry.
  • Other circumstances beyond Wightlink’s control cause the delay or cancellation. These include restrictions placed by the Queen’s Harbour Master.

Other exemptions apply, and are detailed in the EU Regulation [EC] no 1177/2010 ‘the rights of passengers when travelling by sea and inland waterways’ detailed in our Terms & Conditions.


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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