Ferry Services to the Isle of Wight

Catching a ferry to the island is the start of your holiday adventure to the Isle of Wight and we want to make it as easy as possible for you so you can enjoy your holiday from the moment you leave home.

To get you started we have put together an “all you need to know” guide to booking your Isle of Wight ferry travel.

Ferry Routes

Lymington to Yarmouth (Wightlink). Route takes 40 minutes.

Ferries usually run every hour. Best for travellers from the west of England.

Portsmouth to Fishborne (Wightlink). Route takes 45 minutes.

Ferries run every 30 minutes. These ferries are the largest and busiest.

Southhampton to East Cowes (Red Funnel). Route takes 1 hour.

Ferries run every hour. Small tip: Red Funnel offer priority boarding and Signature Lounge access for an additional charge. You can book this when you book your ticket or when you check in at the port.

Booking your ferry

25% of with Wightlink

Our friends at Wightlink offer 25% off car and foot travel to guests of Classic Cottages. To receive the Wightlink ferry discount, simply go to your “My Classic” account and follow the ferry link. Then all that’s left to do, is fill in the form and prepare to set sail to the island!

Redfunnel

For all Redfunnel bookings, please go to their website to book your ferry.

Travel tips

We always advise for you to arrive at the ferry port between 30 - 60 minutes before departure time. If you miss your ferry, please ring the ferry company and they will book you onto the next available slot (best not to miss it though as it can be quite a wait in the high season!).

When you arrive at your chosen port, drive up to the check in desk and have your e-ticket handy. You will be assigned a numbered queue to join.

Useful information

Car specifications: Standard cars are up to 5m long and 2.24m high for Wightlink, 5.5m long for Red Funnel.

Catering: Every ferry offers onboard catering with a choice of hot drinks, snacks and cakes. The larger ferries provide cafeteria style dining with hot food offered all day. Each ferry terminal also offers limited refreshments.

Disabled access: If you require any help or have access requirements, please make the ferry company aware so they can ensure you have the help you need when parking on the ferry. You can request specific parking on the ferry to allow for wheelchair access, just let them know whether you need left hand side, right hand side or rear access to your car.

Pets: Pets are allowed on ferries for no additional charge. They can stay in your vehicle, but all ferries have pet friendly areas so you can choose to have to have them with you.

Foot Passengers: We’re delighted to work with Hover Travel who offer all Classic Cottages’ guests 20% off their travel from Southsea to Ryde. Simply show your cottage booking to a member of their team to receive the discount.