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Travelling to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight can be found off the centre of the south coast of England and various forms of ferry are available to cross the stretches of sea known as the Solent and Spithead. The distance between the island and the mainland varies between 3 and 5 miles.

The island is serviced via the mainland ports of Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington by vehicle ferries and high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. There are three major ferry operators and the details of how to contact them can be found below.

The ports of Portsmouth and Southampton are both linked to London Waterloo station by a fast railway network and all three ports have excellent road links to the rest of the UK.

The London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both approximately one and a half hours by road from the ferry ports, but visitors from Europe can fly to Southampton airport. The port of Southampton is then only a 20 minute taxi ride away from the airport.

Red Funnel (Tel. +44 (0)23 8033 4010) - Southampton to West Cowes High Speed Passenger Ferry. Runs from early morning to late at night. Services about every half hour. Journey time 25 minutes.
 

Red Funnel (Tel. +44 (0)23 8033 4010) - Southampton to East Cowes Passenger and Vehicle Ferry. Runs from early morning to late at night. Services about every hour. Journey time 55 minutes.

Visit the Red Funnel Web Site
for timetable information
and on-line bookings

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Catamaran
Passenger Catamaran

Wightlink (Tel. +44 (0)870 582 7744) - Portsmouth to Ryde High Speed Passenger Catamaran. Runs from early morning to late at night. Services about every hour. Journey time 15 minutes.

Wightlink (Tel. +44 (0)870 582 7744) - Portsmouth to Fishbourne Passenger and Vehicle Ferry. Runs 24 hours. Services about every hour. Journey time 35 minutes.
 

Wightlink (Tel. +44 (0)870 582 7744) - Lymington to Yarmouth Passenger and Vehicle Ferry. Runs from early morning to late in the evening. Services about every hour. Journey time 30 minutes.

 

Car Ferry
Passenger and Vehicle Ferry

Visit the Wightlink Web Site
for timetable information
and on-line bookings

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Hovercraft
Hovercraft

Hovertravel (Tel. +44 (0)1983 811000) - Portsmouth to Ryde High Speed Passenger Hovercraft. Runs from early morning to late at night. Services about every half hour. Journey time 9 minutes.

Visit the Hovertravel Web Site
for timetable information

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