The Needles Breezer
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How do you get to the Isle of Wight?
The Isle of Wight is closer than you might think - just an hour and a half’s journey from London by train and boat. Isle of Wight Ferry crossings operate for passengers into 5 different Island towns, with three of these services also carrying vehicles. The main ferry links to the Island operate from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington.
Hassle Free Holidays
You’re welcome to bring your car with you when holidaying on the Isle of Wight, but increasingly, visitors are opting to give their four wheeled friend a holiday too, and visiting the Island on foot.
There are great-value train and ferry crossing deals available (most discount rail cards are valid), and foot passengers can pay as little as £8.60 each way.* If taking the train to the Isle of Wight doesn’t appeal, National Express and other operators provide a relaxing alternative by coach.
Once across the Solent, you’ll find the Isle of Wight bus service refreshingly visible almost everywhere you go. Buses run into our resorts (and back) until late, with a comprehensive timetable throughout the day. Try the new Island Coaster bus service which operates to all the meteorite sites on the Dinosaur Island App Trail, or take the Needles Breezer for a breath-taking county and coastal journey that reveals some of the very best views on the Island.
There is also an Isle of Wight train service, operated by Island Line Trains, which runs from Ryde to destinations around the East and South coast of the Island.
Bring your bike, or hire one on-Island and head off down the Sunshine Trail, or along peaceful county lanes, stopping off in beautiful villages like Brighstone and Godshill along the way.
Set sail, or charter a boat for fishing or sightseeing from one of our busy harbours, or hire a Kayak and head off up the creek in search of rare birds and hidden wildlife.
Put your best foot forward and step out on foot to explore some of England’s most spectacular coastal paths and seascapes, there are hundreds of miles of walking trails across the Island, and you’ve never far from a secret cove or an enchanting village.
This year, visit the Isle of Wight without your car and get close-up and personal with the UK’s Holiday Island. It’s better for your health, wealth and sense of adventure!
Island Line Trains
Join the train at the top of Ryde Pier Head and travel one stop to reach Ryde, a town rich in heritage, with shops bars and restaurants. Travel on to Brading, via countryside views, then on to the coastal resorts of Sandown and Shanklin.
Isle of Wight Steam Railway
If you want to step back in time, stop off at Smallbrook Junction to join an Isle of Wight Steam Railway train where you can travel on to Havenstreet and Wootton.
Southern Vectis Buses
The Isle of Wight has an extensive bus service that connects to all major towns. If you are looking to travel around the island for a day, or week, ask for a ticket that offers unlimited travel on the buses.
Carriage on public transport
Although it is possible to travel on the ferry, bus or train with folding bicycles, luggage, buggies, wheelchairs and small prams restrictions may apply. Please check with your transport provider before travel.