Ferries to Portsmouth from Wight
Portsmouth is just across the Isle of Wight and is a popular hub for commuters from Wight and returning toursist. The Isle of Wight is located in the English Channel and about 7 miles from the Southern coast of the UK (Hampshire).
From Portsmouth, Wight is just across the Solent. The Solent separates Portsmouth from Wight by a strip of 7 miles of sea. From Wight, there are a lot of daily (commuter) ferries sailing to Wight, but what is the best ferry for your crossing?
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Map with crossings to Portsmouth from Wight
If you want to travel from Wight to Portsmouth, you can ride the ferry from Ryde or Fishbourne. From Ryde, there is a regular passenger ferry and a hovercraft to Portsmouth. The distance to Portsmouth is around 7 miles and only 10 minutes when you sail by hovercraft. The regular fast ferry is 22 min, and the Fishbourne to Portsmouth ferry, where you can take your car, is +/- 45 minutes.
The total tally of ferries combined? Sixty daily ferries leave for Portsmouth from Wight. The hovercraft ferry is fast, a so-called FastCat that takes you across the Solent; remember that this is a foot-passenger ferry.
If you want to bring your car, choose the Portsmouth-Fishbourne route. This is the only ferry crossing from Portsmouth where you can get your car along.
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Ferries to Portsmouth from the Island
You can travel back and forth to Portsmouth from the Isle of Wight. From Wight, you can make your way from either Fishbourne or Ryde to Portsmouth. Need to bring your car? Then the Fishbourne-Portsmouth is the best (and only) connection.
From Ryde there is a foot passenger ferry sailing to Portsmouth and a catamaran ferry sailing to Southsea, really close to Portsmouth.
The catamaran ferry crossing is the fastest crossing over the Solent from Wight to Portsmouth
- Portsmouth-Ryde (foot passenger ferry)
- Southsea-Ryde (Catamaran fast ferry)
Compare prices for the ferries to Wight
Ferry prices are subject to change. That is why it is best to look at the prices as they are the date when you want to make your crossing. Then you can make a good decision about whether a detour can be worthwhile. You can compare prices in a booking engine.
Portsmouth by ferry from Wight
The ferries to Portsmouth are in high demand because of the commuters from Wight that work in Portsmouth and vice versa. The connection to Portsmouth is pretty good, and ferries often leave from Ryde and Fishbourne to Portsmouth. You have some alternatives to travel to the UK. You could also travel from Cowes to Southampton or from Lymington to Yarmouth.
All the ferries from and to the Isle of Wight can be found on the Isle of Wight page.
‘The Island,' as residents of the Isle of Wight refer to it, is the largest and second most populous Island in England and houses some 140.000 inhabitants. It is one of the most Southern regions of the UK. The ferries from Wight to the UK mainland are used a lot by commuters living on Wight and working there.
Frequently Asked Questions: ferry to Isle of Wight
WightLink has the most ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight, departing from Portsmouth to Wight. Hovertravel also runs a hovercraft connection to the Isle of Wight.
The quickest ferry is the Hovercraft which brings you to the Isle of Wight in just under 10 minutes. The FastCat ferry between Portsmouth and Ryde takes you just 22 minutes from coast to coast. These however are foot passenger ferries so if you're planning to bring a car then you should look into the other crossings to Wight: Portsmouth – Fishbourne.
All the ferries to the Isle of Wight are around €16,50 to €20 or £14,50-17,50 Pound Sterling.