Getting to the Isle of Wight

Getting to the Isle of Wight

Taking a ferry to the Isle of Wight from across our network

Whether you’re using the Island Line for your daily commute, a day out or as a visitor to the Island, here’s all the information you need to plan your journey.

To find out more about the stations along the Island Line, our station information provides detail on station facilities, car parking and guidance for passengers who need assistance.

Our Island Line timetable allows you to plan your journey well in advance – from London Waterloo, across the Solent and onto the Island. Have a look at our handy Island Line map.

Getting to the Isle of Wight

You’ve lots of choices for travelling to the Isle of Wight – and all of them involve water.

From Portsmouth

Wightlink’s high speed passenger catamaran goes from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head, with a journey time of just 22 minutes. From here you can find connecting trains for Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin.

Wightlink also operate a 45 minute crossing from Portsmouth to Fishbourne using a larger car and passenger ferry.

HoverTravel offer a speedy connection between Southsea and the beach at Ryde by passenger hovercraft with a journey time of just 10 minutes. You’re just a few steps from Ryde Esplanade train station. There’s also handy shuttle bus to Southsea Hoverport from Portsmouth and Southsea train station.

From Southampton

Red Funnel operate both high speed passenger catamarans and car ferries between Southampton and Cowes.

The catamaran service operates from Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton with a journey time of just 25 minutes to West Cowes. Red Funnel’s passenger vehicle ferry service departs from Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 and reaches East Cowes in 55 minutes.

Both Southampton terminals are connected with Southampton Central train station by a fast and frequent shuttle bus.

From Lymington

You can also reach the Isle of Wight in 40 minutes from Lymington Ferry terminal using Wightlink’s regular car and passenger ferry. The terminal is immediately adjacent to Lymington Pier train station.