Ryde to Portsmouth 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 Ryde Pier Head and Portsmouth, 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, Shanklin and other stations. 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.

Ryde Pier Head

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

Yes, South West Trains Island Line runs direct trains from Brading, Sandown, Shanklin and other stations to Ryde Pier Head. Several Southern Vectis bus routes operate to Ryde Esplanade, from where you can walk to the Terminal or hop on the train.
Find out more at www.islandbuses.info or www.southwesttrains.co.uk/island-line

  • Wightlink Ticket Office
  • Self-service ticket machines
  • Costa Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Bicycle racks.

Yes, car parking at the Terminal is available. Please note that a toll charge of £1 per vehicle for cars, light vans and motorcycles is payable at the entrance to Ryde Pier and this must be paid in cash at the coin-operated machine. The toll charge entitles you to up to one hour’s free parking. There is no charge for pedestrians or cyclists.

For longer stays, please buy your parking ticket from the Pay & Display machine or Wightlink Ticket Office.

How much does it cost?
Up to 2 hours £1.70
2-16 hours £6.70
16-24 hours £8.50
For any hours over 24, a daily rate will apply £8.50
Evening & Overnight Parking (4.00 pm – 5.00 am) £4.60

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 and obtain your pier toll charge card at the Wightlink Ticket Office

Important Information
  • A weight restriction of 3 tonnes and height restriction of 2.25 metres applies to all vehicles using the pier.
  • A 10mph speed limit applies to all vehicles using the pier, including cyclists. Drivers exceeding this limit will be issued a fixed penalty notice of £80 and/or exclusion from Wightlink property and vessels.

Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station
The Hard
Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station
Wightlink offers frequent, round-the-clock sailings all year.

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