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Isle of Wight Ferry - Vehicle Information

There are two ferry companies operating to and from the Island and three different ports from which to travel. Please note that ferries can be very busy and that booking early is highly recommended. 

Lymington to Yarmouth 

This ferry is the nearest to Hill Cottage, Yarmouth being only 15 mins by car, it is operated by  Wightlink   and takes about 40 minutes.  The crossing is popular with visitors and locals as it offers fantastic views of both coastlines, and out of season can often be less busy. Arriving in the small town of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight there are good transport connections available, with the town of Freshwater close-by.

Portsmouth to Fishbourne

This vehicle and passenger service is operated by Wightlink ferries  taking approximately 45 minutes, this service departs from Portsmouth Harbour and lands on the Isle of Wight in the village of Fishbourne on the north of the Isle of Wight.  Fishbourne to Freshwater Bay is approx 45 mins by car.

Southampton to East Cowes 

The other main car ferry service to the Isle of Wight is run by  Red Funnel  and operates between Southampton and  East Cowes This service takes  up to 1 hour and has the capacity to carry over 200 cars per sailing, departing from Southampton hourly during peak season. Once you arrive at East Cowes there are good transport connections to the rest of the Isle of Wight, or a floating bridge service which operates to the West side of Cowes Town. The main route for traffic takes you past Osborne House, the former residence of Queen Victoria, which is one of the most famous attractions in the UK. East Cowes to Freshwater Bay is approx 35 mins by car.

Isle of Wight Ferry - Passenger Information 

The Isle of Wight is much closer than you would think and can be reached in just over 20 minutes when using one of the three dedicated passenger ferry services. All the services connect with corresponding train and bus services, so travelling to and from the Isle of Wight passenger ferries couldn’t be simpler. For the latest and most up to date Isle of Wight Ferry Prices, we recommend you visit the individual travel operator websites, for the latest pricing information and special deals.

Southampton to Cowes 

The “Red Jet” high speed foot passenger service is operated by  Red Funnel  and runs from Southampton Docks to the West side of&nbsp: Cowes Taking just under 25 minutes the boat departs Southampton and runs down the river, before reaching the Solent and finally arriving at West Cowes. The service operates every 30 minutes during peak times, and every hour off-peak. Once in  West Cowes  there is a bus service which collects outside the “Red Jet” terminal.

Portsmouth to Ryde 

The “Fast Cat” catamaran foot passenger service, which runs from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pierhead, is operated by  Wightlink Ferries This crossing takes approximately 22 minutes and is directly linked at Portsmouth Harbour by both rail network services and National Express coaches.

Southsea (Portsmouth) to Ryde 

The Isle of Wight boasts the only foot passenger hovercraft service in the UK, which runs from Southsea in Portsmouth to Ryde Esplanade and is operated by Hovertravel This crossing is also the fastest service to the Isle of Wight, taking just 10 minutes, and is linked at Southsea to both Portsmouth Harbour train station and “The Hard” bus station by the regular Hoverbus service. After arriving at  Ryde < the hovercraft terminal adjoins Ryde Esplanade train station and Ryde bus station, both with regular connections to the rest of the Isle of Wight