Why choose Wightlink

We’ve been carrying people across the Solent for 160 years now, and pride ourselves on the customer service we provide. Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sailed with us, but it’s not just people we ferry across, we’ve shipped everything from zoo animals to Thomas the Tank Engine.

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4.5 Million passengers a year - 150 crossings a day - 364 days a year

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99.3% of departures leave within 5 minutes of schedule

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4.5 star rating on TripAdvisor

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On-board cafes, children’s play area, dedicated pet spaces, wifi access at terminals

10 reasons to choose Wightlink Isle of Wight ferries

1. Reliable service

Across all three of our routes, 99.3% of our departures leave within 5 minutes of schedule. So when you book with us you know you’ll be able to get to where you want to be, when you want to be there.

2. Customer satisfaction

We’re only as good as the service we provide, and we’re extremely proud of that. But don’t just take our word for it, it’s what our customers think of us that really matters. As well as scoring 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor we’ve also been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

3. Great value

When you book with us direct you’ll always get the best price available. We have no online booking fees, and offer discounted rates when you book your tickets early. We also offer a range of special offers and discounts, and our Evening Flyer lets foot passengers travel in the evening for a reduced rate.

4. Fast and frequent

Getting to and from the Island has never been easier or quicker. Our FastCat foot passenger service takes just 22 minutes, and our vehicle ferries take no more than 45 minutes to cross the Solent.

We provide a regular service throughout the day, with more crossings than anyone else. Our ferries start sailing from 1am and don’t stop until midnight.

5. Ferries for everyone

We’re proud to offer additional assistance with all our crossings. Be it passengers with a disability, medical conditions, reduced mobility or travelling with pushchairs, we’ll do everything we can to make sure everyone’s journey is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

We also have dedicated spaces for bikes and pets at no extra cost,so they can enjoy the crossing too and a children’s play area on our flagship ferry, St Clare.

6. Crossing in comfort

All our ferries have relaxing lounges and outdoor seating areas so you can take in the spectacular views as you cross the Solent. There’s a cafe-bar on every ferry, with drinks and hot and cold snacks, plus we’re proud to stock Isle of Wight produce on board, so you can sample the delights.

You’ll also find Costa coffee shops or machines at the terminals so you can enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee while you wait for your crossing.

7. Easy access with great links

We provide 3 routes from 3 different terminals, so you can choose the right crossing for you. Both Portsmouth and Lymington are easily accessible by road and rail, taking just 1 hour 50 minutes to Portsmouth from London by car.

Yarmouth, Fishbourne and Ryde provide easy access to the whole Isle. And once on the Island there are good public transport links, enabling you to travel around at your own pace.

8. History of exceptional service

The first regular ferry service between Portsmouth and Ryde started in 1796, with sailings from Lymington to Yarmouth starting in 1830. Fishbourne became the main destination for passenger ships from Portsmouth in 1926 and the first purpose-built car ferry on the route first set sail a year later. We’ve been operating as Wightlink since 1991 and now carry more than 4.5 million people to and from the Isle of Wight every year.

9. The future’s green

We’ve invested £45million in our Portsmouth to Fishbourne route including a brand new ship. Powered by hybrid energy, it will be the most environmentally friendly on the Solent. And on dry land, we’ve been busy upgrading our port facilities too making boarding faster and more efficient, minimising congestion on the approaches to our terminals.

10. Part of Island life

We’re passionate about supporting local sports teams, athletes and arts organisations. In 2016, we provided more than £800,000 of discounted travel to charities, good causes and Isle of Wight events. We’re delighted to back Yarmouth’s Old Gaffers Festival, Isle of Wight Youth Trust, Ryde Carnival and many, many more amazing groups.

*Customer wifi access is available at all our ferry terminals. More ferries, more routes, more often based on comparison of ships operating, routes and timetables with competitors sailing to and from the Isle of Wight. Ferries based on Wightlink operating six car ferries and two catamarans to the Isle of Wight. Routes based on Wightlink operating three routes between Portsmouth - Fishbourne, Portsmouth Harbour - Ryde Pier Head and Lymington - Yarmouth. Total number of sailings based on Wightlink operating up to 150 sailings per day across its three routes combined at peak times (26 May, 5 August and 25 August 2017). 99.3% reliability based on number of scheduled Vs cancelled sailings across Portsmouth – Fishbourne, Portsmouth – Ryde and Lymington – Yarmouth routes, from 27 March 2016 to 25 March 2017. 4.5* Trip Advisor rating based on Lymington - Yarmouth route on 29 June 2017.

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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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