Isle of Wight is a great place to spend a short weekend break or if you have got some more holidays, even for a whole week. Known for its known for its sandy beaches and ports, Isle of Wight has been long favoured by the yachting set.
The Isle of Wight is approximately 24 miles East to West, and 12 miles North to South, being about 150 square miles in area. Isle of Wight can be reached by ferry, via Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour or Lymington Pier.
In this post, I am writing about the various ways you can reach the beautiful island, Isle of Wight.
With up to 350 ferry crossings a day, it’s simple to travel to the Isle of Wight. I travelled from Staines via Portsmouth pier, so I am going to tell you the way I took to reach Isle of Wight and in addition to that, the route you can take to reach Isle of Wight via Southampton.
Option 1: via Portsmouth
You need to buy train tickets from wherever you are starting from in London to reach the Portsmouth, Lymington or Southampton Harbour. From these ports, you need to take a short ferry trip to reach the IOW.
I was travelling from Staines to The Isle of Wight, so I took the SW train service towards London Waterloo and got down at Clapham junction. From Clapham we changed the train for Portsmouth station.
If you are travelling from other parts of London, you can also plan to go to London Waterloo and then take a direct train from London’s Waterloo Station to Portsmouth. If you are travelling in a group of 3 or more, you can save upto 50% – for 4 of us, the ticket from Staines station to the Portsmouth cost around £66.
Once you reach Portsmouth, you need to go to walk to the Portsmouth pier for a ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight. You need not worry much about planning the ferry timings to tie up with your train arrival times. There are ferries on a very frequent basis and they are timed to meet train arrivals.
The Wight Link ferry operates between Portsmouth and Ryde in Isle of Wight and takes around 18 minutes and costs £19 for adults and £9.30 for children, round-trip for a standard return. In summers the daytime departures are every 30 minutes and in winters, it is every 60 minutes.
The total travel time from London to the arrival point of Ryde on the Isle of Wight (including ferry crossing time) is 2 hours. Once you reach at Ryde Pier head to the East of the Island, you can board the Island Line train service to take you down the pier and into the town, where there is a bus station, taxi rank and transport links across the Island.
From Portsmouth, you can also take the Wight Link Ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (Car and Passenger Service) for which the journey time is approximately 40 minutes.
Option 2: via Southampton
If you plan to reach Isle of Wight via Southampton, drive to Southampton and avail one of the below 2 Red Funnel Ferry options:
- Red Funnel Jet Hi-Speed: (Southampton to West Cowes (passenger only). Runs every 30 minutes throughout the day from the Town Quay Terminal 2 in Southampton, journey time approx 23 minutes. A round-trip fare costs £18 for adults, £14 for seniors, and £9 for children 5 to 15.
- Red Funnel Passenger/Vehicle Ferry: (Southampton to East Cowes). Operates 24 hours a day from Terminal 1 in Southampton, journey time around 55 minutes. An inclusive round-trip fare (valid for 5 days) costs £14 for adults, £9.30 for seniors, and £7 for children.
Both options connect to a free bus service from Southampton Central Rail Station.
Option 3: via Lymington
From the Southampton Central, you have another option to leave Southampton and head west along the A35, cutting south on the A337 toward Lymington on the coast. Foot passengers can catch the train to Lymington Pier.
From Lymington Pier, you can take the Wight Link (Car and Passenger Ferry) Service which runs from Lymington to Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) every 1 hour and the journey time is around 30 minutes. This trip is much shorter than the Red Funnel service from Southampton if you are travelling by car.
Just to let you know, if you might be interested in using wi-fi on this route, free wifi is available on the Lymington – Yarmouth route for customers.
For rail information, you can call on 0845/748-4950 or visit the National Rail website at www.nationalrail.co.uk.
For Wight Link Ferry details, you can call on 0871/376-4342 or visit Wigh Link website at www.wightlink.co.uk
For Red Funnel Ferry details and departure times, call tel. 0844/8449988 or visit Red Funnel website www.redfunnel.co.uk