Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
Getting from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
Getting from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight is straightforward with passenger-only ferry services to the Island town of Ryde and vehicle services to Wootton Creek near Fishbourne. There are also hovercraft passenger services between Southsea and Ryde.
South West Trains and Southern operate rail services to Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Hard. National Express and local bus services stop at Portsmouth Hard Interchange. Ferries to and from France, Spain and the Channel Island's dock at the commercial port, which is accessed from the M275. By road, Portsmouth has good links to the M27, A3 and A27. Parking is available at Portsmouth Hard, Gunwharf and Southsea.
Vehicles - Portsmouth to Fishbourne
Wightlink operate passenger vehicle ferry sailings throughout the year (not Christmas Day) between Portsmouth Gunwharf Terminal and Fishbourne on the Island's northeast shore.
The number of sailings depends on the day of the week but generally there are departures every 30 or 60 minutes during the day. The advertised crossing time is 45 minutes. Most types of vehicles are carried but there are regulations covering the shipment of dangerous goods. Cycles are carried free of charge. Foot passengers who use this route will need to catch a bus on arrival at Fishbourne to Ryde, Newport or East Cowes.
If you live in Portsmouth it probably makes sense to use this route but if you live slightly further away why not compare Red Funnel's fares from Southampton to East Cowes using the form opposite - you may get a pleasant surprise.
Foot Passengers - Portsmouth to Ryde
From Portsmouth Hard, Wightlink operate foot passenger-only ferry services to the end of Ryde Pier. The advertised crossing time is approximately 22 minutes with sailings either every 30 or 60 minutes during the day. On arrival at Ryde Pier connecting Island Line trains save walking the length of the pier if going to Ryde. Cycles are FREE.
Foot Passengers - Southsea to Ryde
Hovertravel operate hovercraft services (the only commercial service left in Europe) between Southsea Hoverport and Ryde Hoverport (near Ryde Interchange). The crossing takes a mere 10 minutes with 'flights' every 30 or 60 minutes during the day. Cycles are carried FREE.