About Wightlink

The leading Isle of Wight ferry operator

Wightlink provide an award-winning ferry service between the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, bringing 3.8 million people together every year.

With three convenient routes and eight well-equipped ferries, we connect you with loved ones, business meetings, holidays, tradespeople, festivals, deliveries, wildlife and everything in between.

We’re true believers that your getaway starts on board, which is why we’ve fitted our ferries to the highest standards. Relax under the warm Solent sun on our outside decks, let the kids roam free in our play areas and taste some of the Isle of Wight’s finest food and drink in our cafés.

Our routes

When you book a Wightlink ferry, you can take your pick from three routes connecting the south coast of England with the Island.

If you’re bringing your vehicle with you, choose from the picturesque Lymington – Yarmouth or the well-connected Portsmouth – Fishbourne route.

Travelling on foot? Our Portsmouth – Ryde FastCat will get you across the Solent in just 22 minutes, with ports on both sides of the Solent situated perfectly for onward rail and bus connections.

Portsmouth – Fishbourne

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Vehicle and passenger ferry

Portsmouth Harbour – Ryde

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Passenger only ferry

Lymington – Yarmouth

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At a glance

  • We’re experienced at creating memorable moments, bringing 3.8 million people together every year on more than 140 sailings a day

  • Your getaway starts on board, with eight well-equipped ferries running on three convenient routes

  • When you sail with us, you know you're travelling sustainably. Our hybrid-energy flagship ferry, Victoria of Wight, is just one part of our pioneering Green Solent Project

  • With us, you can expect punctuality, reliability and speed, with crossing times starting at just 22 minutes

Award winners

British Travel Awards

At the prestigious British Travel Awards 2023, we took home Gold in the Best Ferry Company for Routes From/To UK Ports category. Thank you to all our customers who took the time to vote for us.

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Green Tourism Awards

We achieved Silver in the Green Tourism awards – an indicator of environmentally friendly best practice in the tourism and hospitality industry. It’s one of the world’s largest sustainable certification programmes of its kind.

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Big Sustainability Awards

The Communicating Sustainability Award, from the Southern Sustainability Partnership, recognises our commitment to reducing carbon emissions and encouraging environmental initiatives.

Travel sustainably

With us, you get to travel overseas while minimising your environmental impact.

Travelling by ferry is far less damaging to the environment than flying and our pioneering Green Solent Project takes that one step further. Among many eco initiatives, we’ve introduced England’s first hybrid energy ferry and we have even more ambitious plans for the future.

Service performance

MonthReliability 2022Reliability 2023Punctuality 2022Punctuality 2023
December99.6%99.5%98.6%97.2%
Reliability 2023Reliability 2024Punctuality 2023Punctuality 2024
January99.6%98.8%97.1%96.6%
February98.6%99.0%97.7%96.5%

The Island Link Forum is your chance to have a say on our services. The in-person sessions run three times a year in Fishbourne and Yarmouth, allowing us to talk directly to you about ways we can further improve our service.

Space is limited at both of our Island Link Forum locations so make sure to register your interest in attending.

Attend the Island Link Forum

Our ferries

Our fleet of six vehicle ferries and two FastCat catamarans serve the Isle of Wight and mainland 364 days a year. Some have been with us for many years while others are new to the fleet – find out all about their history and see what facilities you’ll find on board.

Learn about our fleet of ferries

Careers

We’re always on the lookout for passionate, customer-focussed people to join our on board and ashore teams. With competitive pay, excellent benefits and a variety of roles, find your perfect job with Wightlink.

Careers

Why choose Wightlink

We’ve been bringing people together for over 160 years, so we know what it takes to provide a great ferry service. Get peace of mind with a reliable timetable, make memories on board with excellent facilities and enjoy overseas travel while minimising your environmental impact.

Environment

Our registered office

Wightlink Limited,
Gunwharf Road,
Portsmouth,
PO1 2LA 

Registered in England No. 1059267 

Certified to the ISM Code by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency