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Travelling to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight can be found off the south coast of Southern England and is linked to the mainland ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. The Isle of Wight has three major ferry operators and the information about these and links to their websites can be found below.

The mainland ferry terminals of Southampton and Portsmouth are both linked to London by fast rail and road services, the journey time taking between one and two hours. The London terminus is Waterloo Station. Tickets can be purchased straight through to some Island destinations, to include the ferry crossing.

Island Ferry Operator Information

Wightlink Ferries Logo

Wightlink is the island's largest ferry operator, offering the easiest and quickest ways of getting to the Isle of Wight from Portsmouth to Fishbourne/Ryde and Lymington to Yarmouth. The Wightlink website offers the latest timetables, online booking, travel information and maps.

Contact Wightlink

Ferry bookings call 0870 582 7744, Holiday reservations call 0870 582 0202 or E-mail enquiries to info@wightlink.co.uk

Red Funnel Ferries Logo

Red Funnel provide safe, reliable and cost effective Vehicle Ferry and Hi-Speed services between Southampton and Cowes on the Isle of Wight, catering for holidaymakers, Islanders, commuters and businesses. The Red Funnel Website offers the latest timetables, online booking, an Isle of Wight guide, travel information and maps.

Contact Red Funnel

Telephone 0870 444 8898, or E-mail enquiries to post@redfunnel.co.uk

Hovertravel Logo

Hovertravel is the world's longest established commercial hovercraft operator. It has 2 modern 98 seat hovercraft that run between Ryde and Southsea, and over 16 million passengers have used the service to date.

Contact Hovertravel

Telephone 01983 811000, Fax 01983 562216, or E-mail enquiries to info@hovertravel.co.uk

Road Route Planning Links

RAC Route Planner - Route Planning Service

Automobile Association - Route Planning Service

Train Services to the Isle of Wight

National Rail - Travel Timetable Facility
National Rail Enquires Tel: 0845 7 48 49 50

Train Services on the Isle of Wight

Island Line - Travel Timetable Facility Online
Rail Enquires Tel: 01983 812591 or 0845 7 48 49 50

Bus Services on the Isle of Wight

Southern Vectis - Travel Timetable Facility online
Bus Enquiry Helpline: 01983 532373 or E-mail enquiries to info@svoc.co.uk

Air Travel to the Isle of Wight

Sadly direct travel is not possible through commercial airlines. The London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both about one and a half hours by road from the ferry terminals. Travellers from Europe can fly directly to Southampton Airport which is about twenty minutes by taxi from the Southampton ferry terminal.


Flybe (Fly British European) is one of the most popular airlines to have regular flights coming and going from Southampton. The Flybe website offers online booking and contact information.


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