Ferries to the Isle of Wight

There are various routes to get to the Isle of Wight, and all of them will involve getting a Ferry across the water to start your magical island journey!

DSC_0384There is a choice of ports that you can arrive to from along the South Cost. Both Portsmouth and Southampton run a fast cat foot passenger ferry service, where visitors can park their cars up and travel to the Isle of Wight by foot. see wightlink for crossings from Ryde and Lymington and red funnel for the Southampton crossings.

You may decide to travel by train to Southampton or Portsmouth to catch one of these two fast cat services as a foot passenger. Travel to Southampton includes a free city link bus journey that will take you from Southampton Train Station directly to the Red Jet west terminal in Southampton. The foot passenger ferry service from Southampton takes roughly 25 minutes.

IMG_2503If you travel to Portsmouth by train it goes direct to the fast cat service for foot passengers and the train will terminate its journey upon arrival to train station as the last calling point. The journey across to Ryde takes roughly 18 minutes.

You can also bring your car over to the Isle of Wight from Lymington, Portsmouth or Southampton. The journeys on the car ferry can be from 40 minutes to one hour, depending upon which service you use. You can sit back, relax with a cup of tea either out on the deck or in the relaxed seating area and take in some of the best channel views across the solent!

There is also the highspeed Hovercraft Ferry Service which takes passengers from Portsmouth to Ryde in just 10 minutes.