England’s largest island is closer then you think…
The Isle of Wight is located off the south coast of England and is well serviced with regular ferry connections to the mainland. There are services that run every 30 to 60 minutes during the day.
Once on the Island travelling either by car or public transport is easy, taking around 45 minutes to get to Ventnor located on the Southern point of the Island. Click on the crossings below to find easy route maps to Ventnor both by car and public transport. We have put some handy guides for timings from different locations to one of the Island’s ferry ports to get an idea for how long your journey will be.
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London – > Southampton
Car: 2 hours
Train: 1 hour 20 mins
Bristol – > Southampton
Car: 1 hour 45
Train: 1 hour 40
Getting to the ports…
Train services from London Waterloo predominantly.
Train services from London Victoria predominantly.
Crossing the Solent…
Foot passenger ferry service Southampton to West Cowes
High speed foot passenger hover service Southsea to Ryde Esplanade
The last part…
There is a short train route on the island from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin, which can be quicker than the bus from Ryde. The no. 3 bus to Ventnor stops right outside Shanklin station.
Brighton – > Portsmouth
Car: 1 hour 15
Train: 1 hour 30
Bournemouth – >Lymington
Coach services run to Portsmouth Hard Interchange and Southampton Coach Station.
Foot passenger ferry service Portsmouth to Ryde Pier
There are many buses serving the island regularly and a half hourly service (hourly after midnight) to Ventnor from Ryde or Newport directly. The direct buses from Newport are the no. 3 and no. 6 buses.