Ryde Pier Head


Ryde is a beautiful seaside town on the north-east coast of the Island.

There are Island Line trains running directly to and from our Ryde Pier Head Port. This is our quickest crossing for foot passengers, with a journey time of 22 minutes. Our FastCats Wight Ryder I and Wight Ryder II operate on this route.

Where is it?

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


Portsmouth Harbour – Ryde Pier Head

22 minutesFoot passenger ferry

If you’re travelling on foot, Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head is our quickest route, crossing the waters between the Isle of Wight and mainland in just 22 minutes.  

Our reliable, high-speed FastCat catamarans serve this route and come with spacious passenger lounges, bicycle racks and a sun deck, perfect for taking in the views during the day. 

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

View the Portsmouth Harbour – Ryde Pier Head route

Facilities at the port

Ticket office

Our helpful staff at the Ticket Office will help you book and amend your ticket. We also have self-service ticket machines available.

Public transport

South Western Railway’s 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.

Checking in

Foot passengers need to check in 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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Car parking at the port is available. Please note there is a toll charge of £1.30 per vehicle for cars, light vans and motorcycles – the machine can take contactless and conventional cards only. This toll is is payable at the entrance to Ryde Pier and the toll entitles you to up to 30 minute’s free parking. There is no charge for pedestrians or cyclists.

Certain Season Ticket and Multilink Pass holders can take advantage of discounted parking rates.

A weight restriction of three tonnes and a height restriction of 2.25 metres applied 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 face exclusion from Wightlink property and vessels.

Parking at Ryde Pier Head

  • 7.2kw charging point for electric vehicles

  • Credit and debit cards accepted.


RingGo zone number 22285

Duration of stayPrice
Access to pier plus 30 minutes parking£1.30
Up to two hours£2.10
Up to 16 hours£8.50
Up to 24 hours£11.00
Over 24 hours (part there of)£11.00
Evening (16:00 - 05:00)£6.50

What to expect at the port

On foot

Upon arrival, a seating area is available where you can wait until the FastCat is ready for boarding. Feel free to use our port facilities but try to be ready to board at least 15 minutes before your booked sailing time.

When the ferry is ready to board, please present your ticket (this can be a printed ticket or you can show the ticket on your Wightlink app) to the team for inspection and then proceed down the walkway to board the FastCat.



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.