Getting around the Isle of Wight
Travelling around the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier, with a range of options available to help you cover every inch of the 23 x 13 miles of the Island!
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There are over 500 miles of public rights of way to explore on the Island, and although it isn’t the fastest way to get around it undoubtedly gives the best views! Put your best foot forward and explore some of England’s most spectacular coastal paths and seascapes, you’re never far from a secret cove or enchanting village!
The Isle of Wight was recently voted one of the world’s top cycling destinations by Lonely Planet, and an excellent network of cycleways and rail trails links up much of the Island. It is also becoming a great place for a cycling holiday, with Bicycle Island presenting some great trail ideas, cycle hire and help to get you around.
You will find the main Isle of Wight bus service, operated by Southern Vectis, refreshingly visible almost everywhere you go. Regular buses run between the main towns and resorts until very late, with services to more rural areas operating throughout the day. There are also open-top “Breezer” tours, and a “hop on, hop off” Island Coaster service which has the capacity to carry bikes.
The Island Line train service operates from Ryde Pierhead round the east coast of the Island, down through to Shanklin – directly linking with both Ryde passenger ferry services, providing a through service from London Waterloo. There is also a bus link to the train which carries passengers from Shanklin through to Ventnor.
Vehicle ferry services operate from Lymington to Yarmouth, Southampton to East Cowes and Portsmouth to Fishbourne. The road network across the Isle of Wight is well signposted and many have outstanding natural views, however a number of Island roads are quite narrow, so take care when driving and be aware of other users.