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.

With directferries.ie you can find Wightlink timetables, fares and book Wightlink ferry tickets. Where applicable we’ll also compare Wightlink with alternative ferry companies.

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Wightlink Customer Reviews

  • "Smooth , bothe service and the sea"

    Blessed with fine weather we were able to take advantage of the outside deck. It had obviously just been cleaned. Getting on and off the ferry was managed efficiently and you felt safe in the hands of the experienced crew.

    'Penny ' travelled with Wightlink

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  • "Great crossing"

    Very efficient loading and unloading the ship. Good facilities for what is a short crossing 

    'David' travelled with Wightlink

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  • "Excellent service"

    First time using ferry .very pleased with the whole experience .

    'Jacqueline' travelled with Wightlink

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  • "Great Service"

    As always great service, very helpful on early return to get us on earlier ferry.

    'Graham' travelled with Wightlink

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