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Portsmouth - Ryde Foot Passenger Catamaran

Our fastest passenger connection is provided by our comfortable catamarans between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head.  

The catamarans connect the railway stations at either end of the service in approximately 22 minutes.

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Ryde Pier Head Port Information

In this section for each port (tabs above) you can find useful information for ferry travel between Ryde Pier and Portsmouth Harbour including maps, transport links, (road and rail), rail station location, parking, and accessibility information for disabled people.

Map of Ryde Pier Head Catamaran Terminal

  • Ryde Pier Head Catamaran Terminal

Ryde Pier Head Catamaran Terminal

Ryde Pier Head
The Esplanade
Isle of Wight
PO33 2HF

Ryde Pier Head - Catamaran Terminal

Public Transport:
National Rail services direct to the Catamaran Terminal (Ryde Pier Head Station is within the same interchange as the Catamaran Terminal). Southern Vectis bus services operate from Ryde Esplanade, a short walk along the pier or take the train.

For more information visit:


  • Ticket Office
  • Costa Coffee
  • Toilets
  • Self service ticket machines for foot passengers

Car Parking

A toll charge of £1 will be payable on entry to the pier (cash only, coin operated machine) for cars, light vans and motorcycles.  No charge will be made for pedestrians or cyclists.  Parking Tickets must be purchased from the Pay & Display machines or the Ticket Office at Ryde Pier Head

 from 01/10/13
Pier Toll and up to 1 hour parking            
Up to 2 Hours  1.50
2-16 Hours
16-24 Hours or part therafter
Evening Special parking valid 16:00-05:00  4.00

Season Ticket Holders ONLY may buy 30 Day parking at the rates below - advance purchase only: 

Ticket held from 01/10/13
30 Day Season Ticket /Academic Season Ticket / book of 60 single Multilinks (incl. pier toll)  £65.00
90 Day Season Ticket (incl. pier toll)
Annual Season Ticket (incl. pier toll)  £58.50

Please see a member of staff regarding the purchase of the above 30 Day car park tickets and the issuing of your 'pier charge' card.

For the protection of the pier and its users a weight restriction of 3 tonnes applies as well as a height restriction of 2.25m.  A 10mph speed limit will also apply and will be strictly enforced by the use of average speed cameras.  Drivers exceeding this limit will be issued a fixed penalty notice of £80 and/or exclusion from Wightlink property and services.



Please be advised that the 10MPH speed restriction applies to all cyclists as well as vehicles, for health and safety reasons.
Following a recent incident all cyclists are reminded of the speed limit and that they MUST dismount their bicycles on the approach to and in the Terminal Buildings and also on the apporach to the entrance/exit to the esplanade.
Failure to observe the above restrictions and disregard for the safety of our customers will regrettably result in a ban from all Wightlink premises and vessels.


Costa Coffee

At our Ryde Terminal you will find our new Costa Coffee shop which serves a wide range of Costa delights including sandwiches and pastries.

Travel updates for Portsmouth to Ryde Catamaran

Service Status Updated 30/07/2014 


Portsmouth  Fishbourne

We're currently running approximately 40 minutes behind schedule - see below Twitter feed for updates


Portsmouth – Ryde Catamaran 

All services are running to advertised timetables


Lymington – Yarmouth 

All services are running to advertised timetables


St Helen comes back into limited service - Friday 25 July

Wightlink will today bring St Helen back into limited service.  The company has been co-operating with the Marine Accident Investigation Branch and Maritime Coastguard Agency investigations since the incident involving St Helen on the evening of Friday 18 July.  Wightlink is also conducting its own investigation.

Following consultation and with full approval of the authorities, from today St Helen will be used to support the revised timetable which Wightlink is running on its Portsmouth to Fishbourne route.  The mezzanine decks will not be used.

Chief Operating Officer John Burrows explains

“The safety of our customers is always our priority at Wightlink.  Bringing the St Helen back into limited service, with her mezzanine decks safely secured out of use, will help us to get as many people to and from the Isle of Wight as possible.  All of our ships undergo regular, planned maintenance and, even though St Helen’s mezzanine deck is of a different design to our other vessels, we have taken the precaution of having all our mezzanine decks independently inspected and we will continue to check them daily”.

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