Why choose Wightlink

Wightlink - Bringing people together

We’ve been bringing people together for over 160 years now and things have changed a lot in that time. Bigger ferries, more customers, quicker crossing times – the list goes on.

But some things remain the same, not least our dedication to providing the best service possible and our passion for the Isle of Wight.

That’s why we have more ferries on more routes running more often than any other cross-Solent service and that’s why we love what we do.

Get to know us and find even more reasons to choose Wightlink below.

Britain's best ferry operator

We’re incredibly proud to have been voted the Best Ferry Operator for Routes from/to UK Ports at the prestigious British Travel Awards 2023.

Thanks to the votes from thousands of happy cross-Solent customers, we took home the gong this year after picking up silver in the same category in 2022.

1. We’re leading the way for a greener future

The introduction of our hybrid energy flagship ferry, Victoria of Wight, to our fleet has brought in a new, greener era of ferry travel between the Isle of Wight and the mainlandShe’s the first hybrid energy ferry in England and she uses 17% less fuel than the next largest ship in our fleet, St Clare. 

But that’s not all. Our Green Solent Project sees us tackling plastic waste, providing marine habitats in our ports, reducing food miles and much, much more. 

As recognition, we’ve achieved a Silver Green Tourism award which recognises environmentally friendly best practice in the tourism and hospitality industry. It’s one of the world’s largest sustainable certification programmes of its kind.

Choose sustainability with Wightlink
Victoria of Wight sailing alone in the Solent

2. Bringing you together on comfortable crossings

All our ferries have spacious lounges and outdoor sun decks so you can relax and take in the stunning views as you cross the Solent, making memories before you even arrive.

You can also enjoy something to eat at each of our ports and on board every car ferry, with Isle of Wight-sourced food and drink at our Wight Taste stores and a huge selection of hot drinks and snacks at our Costa Coffee outlets.

And if you’ve got accessible travel needs, such as borrowing or using a wheelchair or some extra space to get out of your car, we’re on hand to help you out.

Find out more about our facilities

3. Regular, reliable and punctual sailings

Wightlink is the leading cross-Solent ferry operator, bringing together 4.2 million people to and from the Isle of Wight every year. Eight ferries complete more than 140 sailings a day across our three routes*.

We have more ferries on more routes running more often than any other cross-Solent service. So, when you book with us, you know you’ll be able to get where you need to be, when you need to be there.

*based on 2022 figures

See our timetables

4. Excellent value

When you book with us directly, you’ll always get the best price available. We have no online booking fees and when travelling in your vehicle, you’ll find that booking early and travelling outside of peak times can save you money.  

We also offer a range of special offers and discounts throughout the year, and our Afternoon Flyer lets you travel on foot in the afternoon and evening for less. 

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5. We’re passionate about the Island

We’re proud to serve the Isle of Wight and love everything about the Island. That’s why we support loads of local sports teams, athletesarts organisations, charities, good causes and events with discounted travel. They’re part of Island life, and so are we. 

We like to think we’re Island experts, too, so we built a great explorer tool for finding places to stay and things to do on the Island. And we put together Wightlife Magazine four times a year, your ultimate Isle of Wight guide, which is full of inspiration and the latest Island news. 

Read Wightlife Magazine

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