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Isle of Wight bus services

Southern Vectis Bus Services

Southern Vectis operate a comprehensive Isle of Wight bus service serving the Island's towns and larger villages. Buses connect with Red Funnel's ferry services to/from Southampton at West Cowes and East Cowes.

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Connecting Bus Services - West Cowes

Frequent buses operate between West Cowes and Newport (Service 1) from where there are connections across the Island. Service 1 connects with Red Jet Hi-Speed arrival and departures, stopping right outside the terminal in Fountain Yard.

Service 1
Mon-Sat daytime
every 7-8 minutes
Mon-Sat evening every 15 minutes
Sunday/Public Holiday daytimeevery 10 minutes 
Sunday/Public Holiday evening
every 15 minutes  
Night buses
every 30 minutes

2015 Day Trip Itineraries to the Isle of Wight using Public Transport (pdf's)

> Southampton to Newport  (via West Cowes)
> Southampton to Ryde  (via West Cowes)
> Southampton to Shanklin & Sandown  (via West Cowes)
> Southampton to Ventnor  (via West Cowes)
> Southampton to Yarmouth & Freshwater  (via West Cowes)

Connecting Bus Services - East Cowes

There are regular services between East Cowes and Newport (Service 5) and Ryde (Service 4). The bus stop is directly outside Waitrose, a short distance from Red Funnel's East Cowes Terminal. Service 4 & 5 both stop outside Osborne House (5 minute journey).

FrequencyService 4
Service 5
Mon-Sat daytime
every 60 minutes
every 20 minutes
Mon-Sat evening
every 60 minutes
every 30 minutes
Sunday/Public Holiday daytime
every 60 minutes
every 30 minutes
Sunday/Public Holiday eveningevery 60 minutes
every 30 minutes

Visitor Bus Services

Open Top Bus Tours operate in three different areas of the Island seven days a week from late March to late September, with regular departures throughout the day. Open-top buses give a birds-eye view of the Island's hotspots, and a special commentary gives information about places of interest and the history and geography of areas along the way.

> Walking with Dinosaur's Coaster tour - a fun-packed tour of the southern coastline
> The Needles Breezer - a fantastic tour of the Islands famous landmark
> The Downs Breezer - an amazing tour of the Islands best kept secrets

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Day Rover Tickets

These tickets are great value and can be purchased with ferry travel from Red Funnel.

They give unlimited travel on the Isle of Wight bus network so you can go where you like, when you like; change buses as often as you like, wherever you like.

  • Accompanied children under 5 travel free.
  • Rover tickets are also valid on open top tours.

Buy Day Rover Tickets

1 Day Rover Ticket
1 Day Rover Ticket
1 Day Rover Ticket
1 Day Rover Ticket (up to 5 people)
1 Day Rover Ticket (must show NUS card on purchase and on boarding the bus)

Tickets are only valid for the date entered above

Collecting Bus Tickets
Foot passengers: please go to the ticket office on arrival and your bus ticket(s) will be printed on presentation of your "Confirmation/ eTicket"

What to give the Driver
Just show your credit card size ticket(s) to the bus driver. Please note the e-ticket/ confirmation alone will NOT gain entry to the bus.

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Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

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