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The quickest ferry route for foot passengers between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth is the Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde crossing. The ferries used for this route were purpose built for the crossing and are named the fastcats – an apt name for a fast ferry trip. The trip takes a mere 22 minutes so you have just enough time to relax in the passenger lounge or take in the views from the sun deck and then you are at your destination.
This is a foot passenger ferry only so for those who wish to take a vehicle to the Isle Of Wight, there are alternatives such as the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry route or the Yarmouth to Lymington route. If you want a quick journey and don’t need to take their vehicle the Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde is the best option to take.
This is a quick travel option but also an economic one with prices starting at just £16.40 per adult for a day return trip during the evening hours. The price is slightly higher during peak travel times at £20.60. There are concessions available for those who are applicable and you can always upgrade your ticket to one that allows you the flexibility to travel back on any day within the same year.
You are recommended to purchase travel insurance on top of this but the price is small and well worth it for peace of mind. You are able to take your pet onboard but you are required to keep them in an appropriate carry case or on a lead.
There are no upgrades on this route but at such a short trip you don’t need any! This ferry is a fast and economical way to travel by foot for those taking a day trip, visiting on holiday or making a regular commute for work or to visit friends and family.
On board you will find dedicated bike storage, toilets and a dedicated sun deck for you to sit and enjoy the views and the sea air as you travel.
If you are travelling by foot or with a bicycle this is the quickest and most financially economic route you can travel on! So for those who are travelling to the Port town of Ryde or have arranged alternative travel when you arrive on the Isle Of Wight this is the obvious choice!
The two ferries have been named the fastcats due to them being high speed catamarans that were built to be dedicated to this route.
There are multiple crossings each way so you will find a ferry to match your travel schedule and on a weekday start departing at 5.15am. For further information on the current timetable and any restrictions or changes, check the Wightlink ferry website. With so many ferry crossings daily the best way to stay up to date is to check the latest timetables.
They are! If you are travelling in a group of ten or more then you may be able to get a discount.Can children travel free?If you have children under 4 travelling with you then they can travel on your ticket, but you need to remember to include them in your ticket when purchasing one. There is a child rate for children between the ages of 5 and 15 and anyone over 15 needs to purchase an adult ticket.
If you have children under 4 travelling with you then they can travel on your ticket, but you need to remember to include them in your ticket when purchasing one. There is a child rate for children between the ages of 5 and 15 and anyone over 15 needs to purchase an adult ticket.
It is definitely recommended to book in advance. The route can get busy so make sure you have your ticket and space on the ferry booked.
Unfortunately there is no wifi available on this route but you won’t have time to miss it! With just a 22 minute crossing you will not have long on board before it’s time to depart.
There are no limits on the amount and weights of the luggage you bring but you must be able to carry it yourself.
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