It is extremely easy and quick to get to The Isle of Wight from mainland England.
The crossings can take from a 10 minute crossing to an hours crossing (dependent on whether travel is by Hover, Fast Cat, or Red Jet (foot passengers only) or car ferry and from which port you travel from and to.
Ferries run regularly right throughout the day; the most regular car ferry and shortest car ferry journey is provided by Wight link. Dependent upon where you are travelling from on the mainland, will depend on which port you will want to choose, the options are:
|Route||Approx Travel Time|
|Lymington to Yarmouth (Wightlink car ferry)||30 mins|
|Southampton to Cowes (Redfunnel car ferry)||60 mins|
|Southampton to Cowes (Red Jet) (foot passenger only)||20 mins|
|Portsmouth to Fishbourne (Wightlink car ferry)||40 mins|
|Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head (Fast Cat)
(foot passenger only) *
|Southsea to Ryde(Hover), (foot passenger only)||10 mins|
* You can take the Isle of Wight train from the Ryde Pier Head which will take you through to Shanklin, the next town on from Ventnor. To complete the journey to Ventnor there is a bus from Shanklin station to Ventnor. (Shanklin is about 10 mins from Ventnor).
The Isle of Wight is more accessible and closer than you may think for example:
- London – 2 Hours
- Bristol – 3 Hours
- Manchester – 5 Hours
- Southampton – 1 Hour
- Red Funnel Ferries
- Wightlink Ferries
- Island Line – Isle of Wight train service
- Southern Vectis – Isle of Wight bus guide
- http://www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp– AA Route Planner