Ferries to and from the Isle of Wight
Crossing the water
Car ferries, passenger ferries and a passenger hovercraft are the only scheduled means of transport to and from the Isle of Wight (there are 2 small airports but they only take private aircraft). Many hotels and B&Bs offer a vehicle ferry package when booking accommodation with them.
Red Funnel ferries to the Isle of WightRed Funnel operates a vehicle ferry from Southampton to East Cowes and a Red Jet foot passenger ferry from Southampton to Cowes. The car ferry runs approximately every 60 minutes during the summer, and takes about 55 minutes. Passengers are advised to book in advance.
The Red Jet runs every 30 minutes during peak hours, and every 60 minutes during off-peak, it takes about 25 minutes and booking is not usually necessary.
Visit www.redfunnel.co.uk for more details.
Wightlink ferries to the Isle of WightWightlink operates vehicle ferries between Portsmouth and Fishbourne (near Ryde) and between Lymington (in the New Forest) and Yarmouth. The Portsmouth ferry runs every 30 minutes during peak hours and every 60 minutes during off-peak. It takes about 40 minutes. The Lymington ferry runs every 45 minutes or so and takes about 35 minutes. Passengers are advised to book both ferries in advance.
Wightlink also run a foot passenger catamaran service from Portsmouth to Ryde. Catch the “FastCat” at Portsmouth Harbour station to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight, then catch the train at Ryde Pier Head to one of the towns on the east coast of the Island. In fact, you can buy a through train ticket from London to Shanklin which covers the whole journey, including the ferry. The FastCat mostly runs every 30 minutes and takes about 20 minutes, it is designed to connect up with the trains, and it’s not usually necessary to book.
Visit www.wightlink.co.uk for more details.
Hovertravel to the Isle of WightFor the shortest journey time to the Isle of Wight, why not travel by hovercraft?
Hovertravel operates a passenger hovercraft service between Southsea Portsmouth and Ryde Esplanade.
The hovercraft runs every 30 minutes during peak hours and every 60 minutes off-peak. It takes about 10 minutes and it is not usually necessary to book.
Visit www.hovertravel.co.uk for more details.