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Island Line

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Island Line railway on the Isle of Wight operates between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin, serving Smallbrook Junction, Brading, Sandown and Lake stations along the way.

The Island Line train network map | South Western Railway

This beautiful island lies just off England’s south coast and less than 2 hours from London Waterloo across the stunning waters of the Solent. Now a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (one of only six in the UK), the island is recognised as one of the best places in the world to explore the sustainable way people interact with their natural environment.

There is a wealth of attractions and things to do on the Isle of Wight all year round: stunning beaches and harbours, wonderful food, festivals, dinosaur walks and museums. And, of course, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

SWR is proud to operate its trains to the Isle of Wight, a fantastic choice for a UK beach holiday.

Cycles on Island Line

A maximum of four cycles may be carried at no charge in the 'Shanklin End' of all trains. Island Line reserves the right to restrict the carriage of bicycles on any trains when the safety and comfort of passenegers or the punctuality of the train may be jeopardised. Implementation of this restriction will be at the guard's discretion.
Please note that tandems and cycles with attachments cannot be carried. 

Island Line train ticket discounts

Combined ferry and train tickets

Combined ferry and train tickets could work out cheaper than buying your tickets separately. Combined train and ferry tickets can be bought online, on our app or at your local ticket office. Discounts are available for children and you can save even more with most Railcards.

Island Line Residents Card

Save 40% on Island Line trains Single and Day Return fares with an Island Line Residents Card, valid after 09:00 Monday to Friday, and all day at weekends and public holidays. Buying the card costs £5.00 for individuals, or £7.50 for a card covering the whole family.

Apply for your discount card at Ryde Esplanade or Shanklin ticket office. You’ll need an application form, a recent photograph of yourself and proof of Isle of Wight residence, such as council tax notice or driving licence.

Shanklin to Ventnor rail/bus link

Get a special combined ticket fare when using the Island Line to Ventnor. A Single fare costs just £2.50 (child £1.25), and Day Returns are £4.00 (child £2.00).

Rangers and Rovers

See everything the island has to offer with unlimited day travel. You can choose from the Island Line Day Ranger or Hover Rover Rail.

Don’t forget to check out SWR Rewards hub for exclusive discounts on dining deals, theatre tickets, hotel stays, days out and much more.

Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Five miles of island country views between Smallbrook and Havenstreet

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Island Line Upgrade

Improving trains, stations, and timetables

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