The quickest public transport link to and from the Island is the hovercraft which operates between Southsea in Portsmouth and Ryde with journey times taking approximately 10 minutes, with onward connections at either end to buses or trains. You can find out about crossing timetables and book your ‘flight’ with Hovertravel here

There are also foot passenger services operated by Wightlink between Portsmouth and Ryde taking approximately 22 minutes and by Red Funnel between Southampton and Cowes taking approximately 25 minutes.

Wightlink is the largest of the three operators and also runs car ferry services between Portsmouth and Fishbourne and between Lymington and Yarmouth, taking between 40-45 minutes. You can find out ferry timetables, ticket prices and book your crossing here

Red Funnel also operates a car ferry service between Southampton and East Cowes with a journey time of around 55-60 minutes. You can find out ferry timetables, ticket prices and book your crossing here

All three companies offer various discounted tickets, special offers and have season tickets/equivalent for those wanting to commute or use their services regularly (visit their websites for more details).

Getting around

Once on the Island, there is a network of buses serving different parts of the Island operated by Southern Vectis, including special sightseeing buses/day trips. For more information visit their website here

There is also a train service; Island Line (part of South West Trains) connecting Ryde, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin which starts at Ryde Pierhead where the Wightlink fast catamaran disembarks. For more information click here

There are also private hire taxis and car hire firms available across the Island, as well as bikes for hire if you’re planning a more leisurely look around – see here.