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.
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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 40 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.
Isle of Wight Buses
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.
Island Line train service is part of South Western Railway 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.