Wightlink provide ferry services to the Isle of Wight. They operate car ferry services from two Island ports, Yarmouth and Fishbourne, as well as a foot passenger services from the end of the pier in Ryde.

Wightlink’s Yarmouth car ferry lands in Lymington. The other two services land in Portsmouth.

The ferry service was bought by Australian-based investment bank, Macquarie, in 2005 for just over £230m.

Critically endangered European eel discovered in Wightlink’s oyster nurseries

Endangered eel

Historically, the eels were caught in the River Thames for human consumption, but their numbers have declined in recent years. This could be due to over fishing, coastal development or pesticides.

Tuesday, 1st September, 2020 9:03am

By Karen Woods with 2 readers' comments

Test and Trace App to be rolled out to Isle of Wight tourists

test and trace app advert

The Test and Trace App Team still haven't provided stats on how many Islanders are using the App and now plan to rollout to visitors coming to the Island for the bank holiday

Wednesday, 26th August, 2020 2:15pm

By IW Council Press Office with 4 readers' comments

Wightlink step up to support travel costs for bright young Isle of Wight star in the making

Ebb Phillips - by Chris Jones from Chemical Gardens

Ebb fought off stiff competition for a place at Guildford College of Acting's Junior Conservatoire Saturday School, but faced the hurdle of the cost of ferry travel every Saturday for two years. News OnTheWight put out the call for businesses for support, now Wightlink have stepped up

Thursday, 20th August, 2020 8:47am

By Sally Perry

TV’s Nick Baker celebrates Isle of Wight’s UNESCO Biosphere status

Nick Baker explores the IW by bicycle

TV presenter and Isle of Wight fan, Nick Baker, crossed the Solent for a cycle tour to visit his favourite spots and find out more about the Island's exciting environmental initiatives

Tuesday, 4th August, 2020 10:20am

By Karen Woods with 4 readers' comments

Hundreds of young oysters placed in river in step towards recovery of this important species in the Solent

Keith and Jacob with the Oysters at Lymington

The hundreds of oysters have been placed in the Lymington River as part of an initiative to re-introduce the shellfish to the Solent

Thursday, 30th July, 2020 12:12pm

By Karen Woods with one comment

Letter: A lot of upset and worry coming over new ferry rules for Islanders returning from Spain

suitcase with travel stickers on it

This reader asks why the ferry companies can't just segregate passengers returning from Spain into a special area

Wednesday, 29th July, 2020 5:47pm

By Pam Broadhead with 10 readers' comments

Isle of Wight ferry passenger instructions for residents returning from Spain


The statement has been jointly issued by the Isle of Wight council, Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel. Details within

Monday, 27th July, 2020 5:23pm

By IW Council Press Office with 9 readers' comments

FastCat: Hopes for upturn in Ryde businesses, says IWC Leader

wight ryder passing a sea fort

Chair of the Isle of Wight Transport Infrastructure Board. says he hopes that with the new, more positive messaging about using public transport and school holidays we will see real growth in foot passenger numbers

Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 4:24pm

By IW Council Press Office

Wightlink’s FastCat to resume sailings

new fastcat catamarans

The FastCat has been out of service since lockdown, but will now resume an hourly service. Details within

Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 4:11pm

By Karen Woods

Decision to ask passengers to vacate vehicles during cross-Solent sailings was made by ferry companies

cars on ferry deck

The MCA say that the decision to ask passengers to leave their cars was made by the ferry companies alone and not instructed by them

Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 4:48pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight petition calling for reinstatement of FastCat gathering pace

new fastcat catamarans

Set up by Stuart Brown, the petition calls for Wightlink to reinstate the FastCat service for the benefit of commuters and visitors

Tuesday, 14th July, 2020 12:57pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Wightlink adds more sailings to their vehicle ferry services: Still no FastCat

Wightlink adds sailings to Portsmouth – Fishbourne route

Wightlink say they've increased the vehicle ferry crossings to meet demand now travel restrictions have been eased by the UK Government

Monday, 13th July, 2020 10:45am

By Karen Woods with 2 readers' comments