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.
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.
|Mon-Sat daytime ||every 7-8 minutes|
|Mon-Sat evening||every 15 minutes|
|Sunday/Public Holiday daytime||every 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).
|Frequency||Service 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 evening||every 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
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.
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.