Wightlink Ferries, with its predecessors, has been connecting the mainland with the Isle of Wight by ferry for over 160 years, and is now one of the UK’s largest operators.

The company we know today has taken the service from its early pioneering days of steam travel to its present position sailing between the mainland and the Isle of Wight up to 150 times a day with 3 routes, the shortest of which lasts just 22 minutes.

A modern fleet of car ferries sails from Lymington to Yarmouth, and Portsmouth to Fishbourne, while high-speed foot passenger catamarans are used on the Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier crossing.

Wightlink is the main link between the Isle of Wight and the mainland and every year carries over 4.6 million passengers. They provide island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland, as well as giving millions of holidaymakers from all across the UK and beyond a taste of Island life.

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Wightlink Customer Reviews

  • "Smooth Service"

    Very good service. On our trip over to the IOW we arrived very early but was allowed to board an earlier ferry. We couldn't in the return journey probably because it was a Friday. Our return ferry from IOW was a bit late leaving but very efficient loading and unloading all the cars. We didn't use the catering but queues didn't seem ti last long at the Costa

    'Andrew' travelled with Wightlink

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  • "Very satisfied customer "

    Firstly I arrived late at Portsmouth, worried what to do next as we missed the ferry. We arrived as the ferry was departing (didn't know what to do) I was greeted by a friendly gentleman who just said you obviously missed the ferry but we will put you on the next one (great !!!) Everyone knew what they were doing.... great experience.. will definitely be returning

    'Karl' travelled with Wightlink

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  • "Staff"

    Both ways staff were helpful and obliging, which being disabled was very much appreciated when positioning the car.

    'Jan' travelled with Wightlink

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  • "I o W and back"

    The bad news first. We were booked on the 1.00 ferry from Lymington. We got the a little early, to be told that no such crossing existed. No damage done as the terminal folks got us on the 12.00 crossing. Now the good news. The terminal staff at both Lymington and Yarmouth were excellent, polite and very friendly as were the crew going both ways. In short, apart from that minor hiccup, it was both a pleasant start and finish to our break

    'Tony' travelled with Wightlink

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