Isle of White Ferry Routes - Ferries & Crossing Information
The Isle of Wight has long been a perfect holiday destination for families offering a wide variety of activities and plenty of places of interest to visit. There are a number of Isle of Wight ferries on offer that will take you on the short journey across The Solent where you can relax and reinvigorate yourself with a gust or two of fresh sea air.
Wightlink are among the more popular Isle of Wight ferries that travel across The Solent from Portsmouth to Fishbourne, Lymington to Yarmouth and from Portsmouth harbour to Ryde Peir Head. Journey times are around 30-35 minutes and ferries feature cafes, bars, and lounges with frequent sailing times leaving on roughly an hourly basis.
If you're in a hurry Wightlink offer the Fast Cat service, a catamaran for foot passengers only. It takes just fifteen minutes and is perfect for short weekend breaks. This service operates between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Peir Head only, and once you've arrived there are handy rail connections to popular coastal destinations such as Shanklin and Sandown. Full timetable information, travel information and on-line booking are available at www.wightlink.co.uk.
The two other major ferry operators between the mainland and The Isle of Wight are: Red Funnel, another cheap and reliable car ferry service going from Southampton to Cowes, and Hover Travel, a well established company offering a service featuring a fleet of two 98 seat hovercraft going from Southsea to Ryde.
There is much to do and see on The Isle of Wight for adults and children alike. Enjoy the beautiful countryside, much of which has been deemed 'areas of outstanding natural beauty' by The National Trust; or take an invigorating stroll along some of the long golden beaches.
For kids there is The Isle of Wight Zoo and The Model Village in Godshill, and for adults with historically curious minds The Bembridge Maritime Museum and the fascinating Museum of Smuggling in Ventnor. Railway boffins can visit The Isle of Wight Steam Railway Museum in Ryde, and for culture vultures there is The Alum Bay Glassworks and Osbourne House located in East Cowes.
Firms such as Wightlink also offer a holiday services which combine return travel on ferries with accommodation, taking the stress out of having to find accommodation when you arrive on the island. They also organize a series of day trips.
In peak season it's probably best to book in advance and the best way to do this is on-line. Tickets for railway journeys within The Isle of Wight can be purchased at Portsmouth Harbour and car parking is available at Portsmouth, Fishbourne, Ryde, Lymington and Yarmouth.