Portsmouth Harbour – Ryde

About the route

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. 

We’re temporarily changing the way customers board the FastCat during essential maintenance work. Customers with prams, wheelchairs or mobility scooters or heavy luggage will not be able to use our FastCats for several months, starting January 2022. We strongly recommend these customers and groups of more than ten people travel to and from the Island on our Portsmouth – Fishbourne route instead.

Find out more about how it may affect your journey.

How long does it take?

The crossing is around 22 minutes on board one of Wightlink's spacious ferries.

Are vehicles allowed?

No, this route is only for foot passengers.

Departure and destination

This route links Portsmouth Harbour – with great rail, bus and coach connections and moments from Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet, and Ryde – a beautiful seaside town on the north-east coast of the Island.  

Island Line trains run directly into our Ryde Pier Head port and there’s a bus station and taxi rank at the other end of the pier, so it’s ideal for onward travel around the whole Island. 

Portsmouth Harbour

Portsmouth Harbour FastCat Passenger Terminal, Portsmouth, PO1 3PS

View Portsmouth Harbour port

Ryde Pier Head

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

View Ryde Pier Head port

Tickets and prices

We offer a range of ticket types for vehicles and foot passengers.

Find out about ticket options and prices


Use our live timetable and find printable PDF downloads for all our routes.

View Portsmouth Harbour – Ryde Pier Head timetables

What ferries sail on this route

Wight Ryder I

Foot passenger ferry

The first of our high-speed FastCats, Wight Ryder I can get you across the Solent in just 22 minutes.

View the Wight Ryder I

Wight Ryder II

Foot passenger ferry

Our second high-speed FastCat, getting you across the Solent in just 22 minutes.

View the Wight Ryder II


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.