Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the ferry terminal?

The Gosport terminal is located at South Street, next to the bus station and close to the High Street. On the Portsmouth side, the ferry pontoon is at Portsmouth Harbour, next to the train station.

Is there parking at the terminal?

The nearest car park is next to the bus station at Gosport. For details of all car parks in Gosport, go to

There is also car parking within a short walk of the Portsmouth Harbour pontoon, at Gunwharf Quays Wickham Street and Queen Street – for details of car parking in Portsmouth, go to

Click here to see further details of parking and transport links.

Is there a taxi rank nearby?

There are taxi ranks at the Gosport Ferry terminal and the Hard Interchange adjacent to Portsmouth Harbour train station.

How close is the terminal to bus and rail connections?

The ferry terminal is adjacent to the bus station at Gosport and the Portsmouth pontoon is right by the Portsmouth Harbour train station. The main bus terminal at The Hard interchange in Portsmouth is also close by.

Are there luggage trolleys available for use on the ferry?

We do not provide luggage trolleys for customers.

How often does the ferry run?

The ferry operates from 5.30am to 00.00 hours daily.  There are no sailings on Christmas Day, and an amended timetable on some bank holidays.  Full details on the dedicated timetables page:  View our timetables here.

How much are tickets?

We offer return tickets, ten-trip options and season tickets. View our tickets and prices here.

Are there reduced prices for senior citizens and children?

Yes, we offer discounted tickets for senior citizens (aged 65 years and over) and children aged 15 and under. Children under 4 years old travel free. Senior citizen concessions are available after 9.30am on Monday to Friday and anytime weekends & bank holidays.  We reserve the right to request proof of age in the form of an acceptable, official, photo ID such as passport, photo driving licence, Hampshire Bus Pass etc

Can children travel on the ferry on their own?

Children over the age of ten years can travel on their own, otherwise they need to be accompanied by an adult.

Do you accept bus tokens?

We no longer accept Portsmouth City Council tokens.

Can dogs travel on the ferry?

Yes, dogs can travel on the ferry with passengers, free of charge, as long as they are on leads and closely supervised.

Do you take cars on the ferry?

No, Gosport Ferry is primarily a passenger ferry, although we do take cycles and motorbikes on board.

Are prams and pushchairs allowed? Do they cost more?

Prams and pushchairs can be brought on board free of charge. All children aged under 4 years old also travel free.

Is the ferry accessible by wheelchair?

The pontoons at Gosport and Portsmouth provide access for passengers using wheelchairs. There is a charge for a wheelchair but the wheelchair user travels free.

On board the ferries, wheelchair access is restricted to the main deck only, not the upper deck or cycle area.

Do you allow motorised mobility scooters on board?

Yes, the charge for a motorised mobility scooter is the same as for a motorbike, but the user travels free of charge. View our tickets and prices here.

Can I take my cycle, e-scooter or motorbike on board?

Cycles, e-scooters and motorbikes can be brought on board the ferry for an additional charge. Click here for ticket prices.

Folding cycles can be carried free of charge if they are fully folded.

E-Bikes and E-Scooters are chargeable regardless of if they are folded or not.

How can I buy my ferry tickets?

In Portsmouth there are ticket machines situated at the top of the pontoon.  In Gosport there is a manned ticket booth (click here for the ticket office opening hours), plus ticket machines adjacent to the ticket booth building.  Tickets can be purchased using cash (change given), credit/ debit cards and contactless. Tickets can be bought in advance of the day of travel.  Season tickets (30 day and quarterly) can be purchased  in advance through this website also from the ticket office or via the main office situated above the bus station in Gosport during office hours 9am to 4.45pm Monday to Friday.  (click here for further season ticket details and application form).

Is there a café on board?

There are no refreshments provided on board the ferries during the journey across the harbour, although when the Spirit of Portsmouth is used for day or evening cruises, we offer a licensed bar and catering facilities. 

How long is the crossing?

The crossing between Gosport and Portsmouth takes approximately four minutes.

Are there toilets on board?

Currently there are no toilet facilities on board.  

Is smoking allowed on board the ferries?

Smoking and Vaping is banned on the Gosport terminal and the enclosed walkways at the Portsea terminal plus the covered and open deck areas on the ferries. 

Can I book tickets online?

It is possible to book our Quarterly Season Ticket and our 30 Day Season Ticket online in advance.  We have a ticket office at the Gosport terminal and ticket/change machines at the Portsmouth pontoon. Click here for our tickets and prices.

Do you offer group rates?

We don’t offer group rates, although we do have a range of special ticket options, including ten-trip tickets, combined bus and ferry tickets and season ticket options. Click here for our tickets and prices.

School parties can contact the main Gosport Ferry office for group tickets and pre-payment.

How long are return tickets valid for?

The tickets are open return, so can be used when you wish. In the case of promotional tickets, additional terms and conditions may apply, and Gosport Ferry reserves the right to withdraw special offers at any time.

Are there baby changing facilities on board?

Unfortunately, we are not able to provide baby changing facilities on board the ferry.

Is there nearby accommodation in the area?

Portsmouth and Gosport boast an array of local accommodation options. The new Travelodge Gosport hotel is around a 6 minute walk away, well located for your overnight accommodation. Travelodge Gosport is able offer Gosport Ferry customers a 5% discount on your next stay when registering your details here. Your discount code will be sent directly to your email to use upon booking. Please note, Travelodge advise that the 5% discount code will apply on their saver rate or flexible rate if your booking meets the conditions stated in their terms which can be found on their website. For any questions about the hotel, please contact the hotel team directly on 08719 846 566.  For other Travelodge hotels in the area click here.


Ferry Running Times

Good Service / Every 15 Mins


  • Monday: 05:30 – 00:00
  • Tuesday: 05:30 – 00:00
  • Wednesday: 05:30 – 00:00
  • Thursday: 05:30 – 00:00
  • Friday: 05:30 – 00:00
  • Saturday: 05:30 – 00:00
  • Sunday: 05:30 – 00:00


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