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Getting to the Isle of Wight

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. Our Island Line service is 30 minutes from Ryde to Shanklin and runs every 30 minutes throughout the day. Have a look at our handy Island Line map.

Getting to the Island

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.

All this summer when visiting the Isle of Wight kids travel for free as a foot passenger with Wightlink. Time to plan an adventure your kids will never forget! Find out more about this offer on the WightLink website.

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 Railway Station.

This summer HoverTravel are offering a £6.00 child Hovercraft Day Return ticket day when travelling with South Western Railway using the LiveBig £1† offer. Just show your promotional train ticket in one of HoverTravels terminals. Find out more and see the terms and conditions at the HoverTravel website.

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 railway 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 railway station.