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Travelling to and on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is approximately 24 miles East to West, and 12 miles North to South, being about 150 square miles in area. It can be reached by ferry via Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth.

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Sea

The Isle of Wight is located just off the south coast of Southern England and is linked to the mainland ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. The island is served by three main operators. These are Hovertravel, Red Funnel and Wightlink.

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Useful sea travel contact numbers:

Red Funnel - 0845 330 88 89
(Southampton - Cowes) passenger only
(Southampton - East Cowes) car ferry
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Hovertravel - 01983 811 000
(Southsea - Ryde) passenger only

Wightlink - 0871 376 10 00
(Lymington - Yarmouth) car ferry
(Portsmouth - Fishbourne) car ferry
(Portsmouth - Ryde) passenger only

by Bus on the Isle of Wight

Southern Vectis provides public transport on the Isle of Wight and has been acknowledged as one of the best rural bus services in the country.

Useful contact numbers:
Southern Vectis
Bus Enquiry Helpline - 01983 827000

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Air & Road

The London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both about one and a half hours by road from the ferry terminals. Competitive long haul taxis can be arranged by calling any of the numbers listed below - these are likely to be less expensive than public transport if there are two or more passengers. Travellers from Europe can fly directly to Southampton airport which is about twenty minutes by taxi from the Southampton ferry terminal.

Hire Cars

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24-7 Taxi's
(Newport, Isle of Wight) Tel: 01983 527275
(Hayling Island) Tel: 023 924 65466
Airports Direct
(Portsmouth) Tel: 023 926 67766
Airline Services
(Waterlooville) Tel: 023 9225 6549
(Portsmouth) Tel: 023 9261 5061
Airbourne Cars
(Waterlooville) Tel: 023 9226 4414
Allports Taxis
(Lymington) Tel: 01590 679792

Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington are all easily accessible for motorists with motorways and trunk roads providing fast routes to the ports from all parts of the country.

Useful air travel links:
> Heathrow Airport
> Gatwick Airport
> Southampton Airport
> Bournemouth Airport

Useful road travel links:
> AA Route Planner
> RAC Route Planner
> Michelin
> Shell

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Rail

Southampton and Portsmouth ferry terminals are both linked to London by fast rail services, the journey time taking approximately one and a half hours. The London terminus is Waterloo Station. Tickets can be purchased straight through to some Island destinations, to include the ferry crossing.

Useful rail travel links:

Explore the Isle of Wight onboard Island Line Trains. Island Line Trains serve the Island towns of Ryde, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin. You can buy your Island Line train tickets online, at your nearest station or simply call 0845 6000 650.

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Coach

The National Express network connects via interchanges at London, Birmingham and Bristol to the Wightlink ferry terminal at Portsmouth Harbour and at London and Southampton interchanges for Lymington.

National Express Travel Enquiry Centre 0870 580 8080.

National Express

Useful air travel links: