As not only a city on the South Coast but an island in it’s own right, it should come as little surprise that Portsmouth has a diverse ferry offering, that covers destinations both near and far.
Portsmouth International Port is the largest of its kind in the city. Located at the southern end of the M275, the port has frequent services to France (Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo), Spain (Bilbao and Santander), and the Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey). These services are run by Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries, with journeys taking anything from three hours (Cherbourg) to 32 hours (Bilbao).
The International Port also handles cruise traffic, with onward destinations including Bordeaux, Gibraltar, Oslo and Rotterdam. In addition there are regular freight services, as well as truckstop and on-site parking.
Car ferries to Fishbourne on the Isle of Wight depart from the Gunwharf Terminal, situated on Gunwharf Road. This journey typically takes 45 minutes.
Foot passenger services to both Gosport and the Isle of Wight are located in and around the Portsmouth Harbour train station. The Gosport Ferry departs every 15 minutes from the ferry pontoon situated to the north of the station (accessible by walking around the right-hand side of the station entrance). The ferry – which permits bicycles – arrives at Gosport in just 4 minutes. More frequent services run every 7.5 minutes during peak times (6:30-9:30 and 15:30-18:30).
Within the train station itself is the Wightlink Ferry departure area for Ryde. From here the Fastcats usually take 22 minutes to reach their destination at Ryde Pier head.
Over on Southsea seafront is Southsea Hoverport, which runs the Hovertravel service between Portsmouth and Ryde. This is the world’s only year-round passenger hovercraft service, with journeys typically taking just 10 minutes.
Eastney is the departure point for the Hayling Ferry, which runs frequent services across the Langstone Harbour to just outside the Ferryboat on Hayling Island. Crossings are typically hourly, and change based on seasons and day of the week (with additional services running early in the day during midweek for commuters).