Portsmouth Gunwharf


Portsmouth, one of Britain’s most vibrant port cities, has excellent motorway and rail connections for anyone planning a visit to the Isle of Wight.

The port has state-of-the-art facilities, including two-tier boarding onto ferries, and can be used by both vehicles and foot passengers. It’s situated on Gunwharf Road, only a short walk from the Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet.

Our flagship ferry Victoria of Wight serves this port alongside St Clare and St Faith. Wight Sun also runs from this port when she’s needed, getting you from Portsmouth over to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight.

All our foot passenger tickets, except for Family tickets, can be purchased online or through the Wightlink app in advance. Foot passenger tickets can also be purchased at our self service ticket machines, located at our ports.

Any payments made at our Customer Service Points will need to be by card as we are no longer accepting cash.

Where is it?

Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal, Gunwharf Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2LA

Virtual Tour


Portsmouth – Fishbourne

45 minutesVehicle and foot passenger ferry

Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight is a popular and convenient ferry route, getting you across the Solent in just 45 minutes.

A number of ferries serve this crossing, including our environmentally friendly flagship Victoria of Wight, each coming with spacious passenger loungers, sun decks and food and drink outlets to keep you refreshed.

Check out our TripAdvisor page and see what others have said about this route.

View the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route

Facilities at the port

Rapid charging point

Rapid charging points

Charge your electric vehicle with one of our POLAR Network rapid charging points (50kwh).

Toilet and baby changing facilities

Toilets and baby-changing facilities are available at the port while you wait for your ferry crossing.

Camber Cafe

Camber Café

Our Camber Café is located on the top floor of our customer building and is ideal for picking up a locally-sourced bite to eat and something to drink.

Camber Express

Located on the ground floor of the customer building, the slightly-smaller Camber Express is a great place for a quick snack or drink.

Balcony views

Take in the views of Portsmouth Harbour with our balcony located next to the Camber Cafe.

Customer Service Point

Purchase or amend tickets at our port using the dedicated Customer Service Point. Please note, you can’t purchase any of our frequent traveller passes at our ports.

Public transport

Our Portsmouth Gunwharf port is easily accessible. It’s just a 10-minute walk from Portsmouth Harbour Railway Station and the nearby bus interchange at The Hard, which is served by both local buses and national coaches.

Portmouth Harbour exteropr

Checking in

Vehicles need to check in 30 minutes before departure and foot passengers 15 minutes before departure.


Wightlink offers frequent, round-the-clock sailings.


Nearby attractions

Our handy Wightlink Explorer section will show everything that is going on in the area.

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Parking is available opposite the entrance to our ferry terminal on Gunwharf Road.

This car park is very close to the popular Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet – shoppers are welcome to park here.

If you plan to use our car park regularly, you can purchase a 30-day Parking Permit for just £88.

Parking at Portsmouth Gunwharf

  • Over 200 car spaces

  • Accessible spaces for Blue Badge holders

  • Two POLAR network, 50kw rapid charging points for electric vehicles (found within the port, not in the car park)

  • Ringo payments, credit and debit cards accepted

  • Postcode: PO1 2LA

  • Purchase parking at Gunwharf


RingGo zone number 22280

Duration of stayPrice
Up to three hours£3.90
Up to five hours£7.90
Up to eight hours£9.50
Up to 24 hours£11.60
Over 24 hours (per day or part thereof)£11.60
Evening (16:00–05:00)£6.90

What to expect at the port

In your vehicle

When you arrive, follow the arrows to the booth and pull up – a member of our team will then check your ticket and direct you to a lane in which to park and wait for the ferry. Feel free to use our port facilities but do try to be back in your vehicle and ready to go at least 15 minutes before your booked sailing time.

When you’re instructed to board the ferry, please follow the team’s instructions. Switch off your headlights. When you drive onto the ferry the crew will direct you to a parking space on deck. Be aware of passengers walking across decks and other vehicles parking on board.

On foot

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled sailing time and head to the right of the ground floor boarding ramp, where there is a separate foot passenger entrance.

Someone will scan your ticket and you’ll be let on board either before or after vehicles. You’ll be crossing the vehicle deck of the ferry so make sure to follow the teams’ instructions and head for the stairs and lift entrance, from where you can head up to the passenger lounges.

If you’re bringing along a bicycle, please leave this on the vehicle deck at the front of the ferry.



All our ports are easy to get to and come with excellent facilities, including food and drink outlets – find your closest location to travel from.



Our fleet of six vehicle ferries and two FastCat catamarans serve the Isle of Wight and mainland 364 days a year – find out everything there is to know about them.

Vehicles parked at Ferry port


There's parking on site or close by at each of our ports – find pricing information and details of where to find them.