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Ferry to the Isle of Wight

Ferries to the Isle of Wight: an overview with a map

Southampton ⇒ Cowes

UK ⇔ Isle of Wight
22 mins.
Up to 35 times per day

Portsmouth ⇒ Fishbourne

UK ⇔ Isle of Wight
45 mins
Up to 25 times per day

Yarmouth ⇒ Lymington

UK ⇔ Isle of Wight
40 mins.
Up to 11 times per day
Fast Ferry

Portsmouth ⇒ Ryde

UK ⇔ Isle of Wight
22 mins.
Up to 14 times per day
Hover Travel

Southsea ⇒ Ryde

UK ⇔ Isle of Wight
10 mins.
Up to 20 times per day

Ferries to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is located in the English Channel and about 10 km from the Southern coast of the UK (Hampshire). The Solent separates the Isle of Wight from the mainland. The Isle of Wight is referred to as the Island by residents. Wight is known for its mild climate and coastal scenery and is a popular destination among tourists.

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Map with crossings to the Isle of Wight

If you want to travel by ferry or hovercraft to Wight, or the Isle of Wight then the ferries that cross the Solent are your best option. From Portsmouth and Lymington there is a busy ferry schedule that will take you across in somewhere between 20 to 45 minutes covering about 10 km. 

The fastest ferry is the ferry from Portsmouth to Ryde which is a fast ferry, This fast catamaran that takes you across the Solent is a foot passenger ferry.

If you want to bring your car, you should choose the Portsmouth-Fishbourne or the Lymington-Yarmouth ferry. You can also take the ferry to Wight with the Southampton to Cowes crossing.

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Travel tip: Book early

The prices for the ferries rise sharply as the boats fill up. Especially during peak season, the ferries and parking decks fill up quickly. Therefore, book far in advance and avoid high costs.

Ferries from the UK to the Isle of Wight

You have several options to travel back and forth from the Isle of Wight. From Ryde and Fishbourne you can make your way to Portsmouth (and vice versa) and from Yarmouth, there is a ferry to Lymington and the other way around. The Isle of Wight which is located in the English Channel was also connected to Southampton by the Southampton-Cowes crossing but this ferry seems to be on hold at the moment. 

The ferry companies sailing on these routes are Wightlink, Hover Travel and Red Funnel.

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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

Isle of Wight


Cowes harbor (Isle of Wight)

The Isle of Wight is popular among tourists because of the mild climate it has. The connection from the mainland is pretty good and ferries are leaving often. Wight or ‘the Island' as it is referred to by residents of the Isle of Wight is the largest and second most populous Island in England and houses some 140.000 inhabitants.

Frequently Asked Questions: ferry to Isle of Wight

WightLink has the most ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight, departing from Portsmouth and Lymington to Wight. Red Funnel had a crossing between Southampton and Cowes but this connection seems to be on hold. Hovertravel also runs a hovercraft connection to the Isle of Wight.

The quickest ferry is 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 or Lymington Yarmouth

All the ferries to the Isle of Wight are around €16,50 to €20 or 14,50-17,50 Pound Sterling.

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