Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
Getting from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight is straightforward with passenger-only ferry services to the Island town of Ryde and vehicle services to Wootton Creek near Fishbourne. There are also hovercraft passenger services between Southsea and Ryde. For the vehicle ferry via East Cowes and foot passenger services to West Cowes you need to travel using Red Funnel's ferry services from Southampton. Check-out the 'travel by car' section below for an instant quote.
Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight by train
South Western Railway and Southern Railways (and to a lesser extent Great Western Railways) operate regular rail services from Portsmouth & Southsea station and Portsmouth Harbour to Southampton where there are ferry connections to the Isle of Wight. The journey time is typically 40 minutes.
If you are travelling to Ryde, change at Portsmouth & Southsea station for the Hoverbus connection to Hovertravel's Southsea < > Ryde ferry service OR change at Portsmouth Harbour for Wightlink's Portsmouth < > Ryde service.
First and standard class coaches are available on the Portsmouth route and some trains offer a trolley buffet service and WiFi. All services are non-smoking. Cycles are carried subject to availability.
Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight by bus & coach
National Express operate regular coach services from Southsea & Portsmouth to Southampton. The journey typically takes just over an hour depending on the traffic.
First Bus (X4 service) operate regular buses from Portsmouth Hard Interchange to Southampton WestQuay with a journey time in the region of 1 hour 20 minutes.
If travelling to Ryde, change at Southsea for Hovertravel's hovercraft service to Ryde OR change at Portsmouth Harbour for Wightlink's catamaran service to Ryde.
Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight by car
Portsmouth has good road links to Southampton using the M275, M27, A3024, A3025 and A33. The journey time typically takes 30-40 minutes from central Portsmouth to Red Funnel's terminals depending on the traffic conditions.
If travelling to Fishbourne, Wightlink operate passenger vehicle ferry sailings throughout the year (excluding Christmas Day) from Portsmouth Gunwharf Terminal to Fishbourne on the Island's northeast shore. The number of sailings depends on the day of the week but generally there are departures every 30 or 60 minutes during the day. The advertised crossing time is 45 minutes. Most types of vehicles are carried but there are regulations covering the shipment of dangerous goods.
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Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight by bicycle
Cycling from Portsmouth to the ferry terminals in Southampton takes between 1 hour 40 minutes and just over 2 hours depending on the route taken (see map below).
Cycles are carried free of charge on Red Funnel's Southampton < > East Cowes service and on Wightlink's Portsmouth < > Fishbourne and Portsmouth < > Ryde services (limited capacity). Hovertravel allow one or two bicycles per hovercraft sailing but customers are advised to check before purchasing a ticket. It is not possible to pre-book so carriage is on a first come first served basis .
Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight by taxi
The cost of a pre-booked taxi from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight ferry ports in Southampton will be in the region of £40 depending on the pick-up point and the traffic.
Arriving in Southampton by Public Transport
The FREE Quayconnect Shuttle Bus connects Southampton's Central Rail Station (short walk from the coach station) to Red Funnel's ferry ports for IoW ferry sailings to East and West Cowes. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank at the station for the 5-8 minute journey to the ferry terminals. It's about a 12-15 minute walk.