We’ve been carrying people across the Solent for 160 years now, and pride ourselves on the customer service we provide. Over the years, hundreds of millions of people have sailed with us, but it’s not just people we ferry across, we’ve shipped everything from zoo animals to Thomas the Tank Engine.
Spacious lounges and sun decks on all our ferries.
No online amendment fees and refundable Standard tickets.
We've achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark from VisitEngland
You'll find spacious passenger lounges and open-air sun decks on all our ferries. Social distancing measures are in place and the lounges are regularly cleaned.
If you're coming in your vehicle, it's likely that you'll be able to stay in your car during your crossing, but there are some occasions where this won't be possible - see below for more information.
There are no online amendment fees on either of our vehicle ticket types – Standard or Economy – so you won’t lose out if you change your mind about when you want to sail. If you amend over the phone with an Economy ticket, you’ll be charged a £5 amendment fee.
And if you’ve purchased a Standard vehicle ticket, your sailing is refundable, minus a £5 cancellation fee. So, you’ll have reassurance if your circumstances change.
We are delighted to have achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark from VisitEngland – a way of letting you know which businesses across the tourism industry have made necessary changes to their day-to-day workings in response to coronavirus.
This includes adhering to the respective Government and public health guidance and carrying out the necessary risk assessments. You can read more about our measures below.
Across all three of our routes, 97.3% of our departures leave within five minutes of schedule. So when you book with us you know you’ll be able to get to where you want to be, when you want to be there.
Scheduled ferries that sailed
Ferries that sailed on time
We’re only as good as the service we provide, and we’re extremely proud of that. But don’t just take our word for it, it’s what our customers think of us that really matters. As well as scoring 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor we’ve also been awarded a Certificate of Excellence.
When you book with us direct you’ll always get the best price available. We have no online booking fees, and offer discounted rates when you book your tickets early. We also offer a range of special offers and discounts, and our Evening Flyer lets foot passengers travel in the evening for a reduced rate.
Getting to and from the Island has never been easier or quicker. Our FastCat foot passenger service takes just 22 minutes, and our vehicle ferries take no more than 45 minutes to cross the Solent.
We provide a regular service throughout the day, with more crossings than anyone else. Our ferries start sailing from 1am and don’t stop until midnight.
We’re proud to offer additional assistance with all our crossings. Be it passengers with a disability, medical conditions, reduced mobility or travelling with pushchairs, we’ll do everything we can to make sure everyone’s journey is as smooth and comfortable as possible.
We also have dedicated spaces for bikes and pets at no extra cost, plus a children’s play area on our Victoria of Wight and St Clare ferries.
All our ferries have relaxing lounges and outdoor seating areas so you can take in the spectacular views as you cross the Solent. There’s a cafe-bar on every car ferry, with drinks and hot and cold snacks, plus we’re proud to stock Isle of Wight produce on board, so you can sample the delights of the Island.
You’ll also find Costa coffee shops or machines at our ports so you can enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee while you wait for your crossing.
We provide 3 routes from 3 different ports, so you can choose the right crossing for you. Both Portsmouth and Lymington are easily accessible by road and rail, taking just 1 hour 50 minutes to Portsmouth from London by car.
Yarmouth, Fishbourne and Ryde provide easy access to the whole Isle. And once on the Island there are good public transport links, enabling you to travel around at your own pace.
The first regular ferry service between Portsmouth and Ryde started in 1796, with sailings from Lymington to Yarmouth starting in 1830. Fishbourne became the main destination for passenger ships from Portsmouth in 1926 and the first purpose-built car ferry on the route first set sail a year later. We’ve been operating as Wightlink since 1991 and now carry more than 4.5 million people to and from the Isle of Wight every year.
We’ve invested £45million in our Portsmouth to Fishbourne route, including a brand new ferry. Powered by hybrid energy, Victoria of Wight is the most environmentally-friendly ferry on the Solent. And on dry land, we’ve been busy upgrading our port facilities too making boarding faster and more efficient, minimising congestion on the approaches to our ports.
We’re passionate about supporting local sports teams, athletes and arts organisations. In 2016, we provided more than £800,000 of discounted travel to charities, good causes and Isle of Wight events. We’re delighted to back Yarmouth’s Old Gaffers Festival, Isle of Wight Youth Trust, Ryde Carnival and many, many more amazing groups.
At this time, this feature is only available for cars and vans
Please note: vehicle size data is taken from a third party database and is provided here as a guide. As some vehicles may vary from the designed specifications, please ensure that the measurements are correct before booking.Wrong details? Please click here to enter your vehicle sizes manually
Below you will find all other vehicle types with some information around their size.
We recommend that you measure your vehicle before booking