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How to get to and travel around the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is found a few miles off the south coast of the UK and is around 24 miles wide and 12 miles from the North to the South, and contains about 150 square miles of land. The main public ferries are accessed from Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth via the Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel services - More information on them is found below as well the best methods of getting to these ferries and what public transport services are available to easily travel around the Island once you get there.

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Ferry



Wightlink run two car ferry services to the Isle of Wight, one running from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and takes around 45 minutes and the other from Lymington to Yarmouth which is around a 35 minutes journey both ferries take cars,motor homes, bikes and foot passengers. Wightlink also operate a high speed foot passenger Catamaran which runs from Portsmouth harbour to Ryde pier head and takes approximately 22 minutes.




Red Funnel is the main car ferry service from Southampton and travels to East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the journey time is approximately 55 to 60 minutes and takes both cars,motor homes, bikes and foot passengers. For those travelling by foot Red Funnel operates the Red Jet passenger service which runs from Southampton into West Cowes or Cowes as it is known on the Isle of Wight and the journey time is approximately 25 minutes.



Hovertravel is the quickest foot passenger service to the Isle of Wight with journey times of only 10 minutes, the ferry runs from Southsea in Portsmouth into Ryde on the Isle of Wight and has easy links on each end for people travelling by train, couch or bus.

Fastest ferry link from Portsmouth


Travelling around the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight offers some fantastic public transport around the Island with regular bus services running to every area of the Isle of Wight and the Island Line train services covering the South Coast of the Island making it is easy to traverse our stunning Island whether you are visiting by car, foot or bike.


Island Line

Island Line train service is part of South Western Trains and connects Ryde, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. The service can be picked up from the foot passenger terminal at Ryde pier head making it an easy way to travel from your ferry to your accommodation.

Southern Vectis

Southern Vectis provides public transport on the Isle of Wight and has been acknowledged as one of the best rural bus services in the country.The buses run a regular service to and from all major towns on the Isle of Wight and cover most of the villages. They also run 3 open top bus tours in peak season which take you on a journey round some of the Islands most beautiful scenery.

Seaview Services

Seaview Services is a UK coach hire company which offers lots of different packages for indivdual or group services.


Getting to the Isle of Wight by Train

Southampton and Portsmouth ferry terminals are both linked to London by fast rail services, the journey time taking approximately one and a half hours. The London terminus is Waterloo Station. Tickets can be purchased online to include the foot passenger ferry to Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

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Getting to the Isle of Wight by Coach

The National Express network connects via interchanges at London, Birmingham and Bristol to the Wightlink ferry terminal at Portsmouth Harbour and at London and Southampton interchanges for Lymington.

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Isle of Wight via Flights & Roads

The London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both about one and a half hours by road from the ferry terminals. Competitive long haul taxis can be arranged and these are likely to be less expensive than public transport if there are two or more passengers. Travellers from Europe can fly directly to Southampton airport which is about twenty minutes by taxi from the Southampton ferry terminal or a trip jump on the train into Southampton Central where you can pick up the free bus to the Red Jet foot passenger terminal.