Car ferry port

Portsmouth Gunwharf

About

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, only a few minutes’ walk away from the popular Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet and major city transport links, has state-of-the-art facilities and can be used by both vehicles and foot passengers. Our hybrid energy ferry, Victoria of Wight, serves this port alongside St Clare and St Faith, getting you from Portsmouth to Fishbourne on the Island in only 45 minutes.

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Where is it?

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

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Routes

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.

From Monday, 11 to Friday, 15 March 2024 we will be installing new CCTV cameras in the Gunwharf Car Park opposite the Portsmouth – Fishbourne car ferry port.

During this short period, there will be a reduced number of parking spaces available to customers. However, the entrance, exit, direction of traffic and number of disabled parking bays will remain unchanged.

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View the Portsmouth – Fishbourne route

Facilities at the port

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.

Rapid charging point

Rapid EV charging points

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

Self service ticket machine

Purchase tickets at the port with your contactless device or debit or credit card using the ticket vending machine.

Customer Service Point

Purchase or amend tickets at our port using the Customer Service Point. Please note, you can’t purchase any of our frequent traveller passes at our ports and we no longer accept cash payments.

Toilet and baby changing facilities

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

Changing Places toilet

If you have limited mobility and you can’t use standard accessible toilets, we have a much larger and fully-equipped Changing Places toilet on site.

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.

Find out what it’s like to travel with us

Timetable

Wightlink offers frequent, round-the-clock sailings.

Timetables

Nearby attractions

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

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Parking

Parking is available opposite the entrance to our ferry port 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 save with a 30-day Parking Permit.

Parking at Portsmouth Gunwharf car ferry port

RingGo

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 tell you a lane number 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 asked 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 foot passenger seating area to the right of the ground floor vehicle boarding ramp.

When it’s time to board, you’ll be directed down the foot passenger walkway, which runs adjacent to the ground floor vehicle boarding ramp.

Someone will scan your ticket and you’ll be let on board after vehicles have unloaded from the previous crossing. You’ll be crossing the vehicle deck of the ferry so make sure to follow the crew’s 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.

Ferry

Ports

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.

Ferry

Ferries

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

Parking

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