Ryde Ferry Terminal

Ryde Ferry Port offers ferry travel from Ryde on the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth Harbour.

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Ryde Ferry Port

Located on the North East of the Isle of Wight, Ryde is the largest town on the Isle of Wight, spread along the seafront within easy reach of the hovercraft and passenger ferry terminals. Because the tide is so shallow, the beautiful beach at Ryde extends a long way and in the 19th Century this lead to the construction of a long pier to allow passengers to disembark from the ferry in safety. Another solution to this problem was developed in the 1960s with the invention of the hovercraft, which allows foot passengers to travel all the way up to dry land and today is operated by Hovertravel. In recent years the 19th century pier, which carries both vehicle traffic and train services has been restored and is in frequent use by Wightlink passenger ferries. A short walk along Ryde esplanade will bring you to a number of family-friendly activities, which include and ice rink and bowling alley, while further along is a fun fair for young children and a very popular canoe lake which leads on to Ryde’s sandy beaches. At low tide the sea goes out a long way, which makes it an ideal location for sports and outdoor activities. There is plenty of choice on offer for places to eat in Ryde with a number of cafes, pubs and restaurants on the seafront and into the town itself. The Isle of Wight is a great place for a family holiday, with plenty to offer families including The Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Godshill Model Village, Monkey Haven, Go-Karting, Bembridge Lifeboat Station, Blackgang Chine Theme Park, The Isle of Wight Zoo, Osborne House, The Needles and some of the best beaches in England.

Get directions for Ryde Ferry Terminal

Address (Wightlink): Ryde Pier Head Catamaran Terminal, Ryde Pier Head, The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2HF.

Address (Hovertravel): Ryde Hoverport, Quay Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2HB

Ryde terminal is served by these ferry routes:

Travelling to Ryde Ferry Terminal

From Newport, follow the A3054 to Ryde. Once in Ryde, make your way to the Esplanade. For the hovercraft, the Hoverport is situated next to the Ice Rink. Wightlink ferries leave from the Pier Head but there is currenlty no vehicle access directly to the pier, you may either walk along the pier or take the train to or from Ryde Esplanade.

South West Trains Island Line runs direct trains from Brading, Sandown, Shanklin and other stations to Ryde Pier Head. For Wightlink ferries, National Rail services go directly to the ferry terminal (Ryde Pier Head Station is within the same interchange as the ferry terminal).

Several of the Southern Vectis bus routes operate to Ryde Esplanade. From there you can walk to the Terminal.

Ryde: Port Facilities

A Costa Coffee Shop is located at the Wightlink terminal. A Costa Coffee Express machine can be found within the Hovertravel terminal.

Disabled toilet facilities are available at both terminals. Please advise of any special requirements at the time of booking. For passengers travelling with Hovertravel, please note that motorised wheelchairs must have a sealed battery. Hovertravel cannot carry motorised scooters or people movers however they are able to provide a wheelchair (free of charge) for travel between ports.

Wightlink Ferries: Car parking at the Terminal is available. A toll charge of £1 per vehicle is payable for cars, light vans and motorcycles. This must be payable in cash at the coin-operated machine situated at the entrance to Ryde Pier. The toll charge entitles you to up to one hour’s free parking. There is no charge for pedestrians or cyclists. For longer stays, please buy your parking ticket from the Pay & Display machine or Wightlink Ticket Office.

Hovertravel: Quay Road in Ryde has a large pay and display car park which is owned and operated by the Isle of Wight Council. Located next to Ryde Hoverport it has provision for long and short stay parking.

This information is provided for guidance only.