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Many visitors to the Isle of Wight bring their own vehicles but hiring a car offers a hassle-free option for travellers arriving on the South Coast by public transport. 

Trains and coaches from London take less than two hours and some offer direct connections with Isle of Wight ferries. Passenger crossings are faster and more frequent than the car ferries, meaning you could be exploring our stunning coastline within 30 minutes of stepping off your train. 

Enterprise will meet you at any of the Island’s ports or at your accommodation and they have a choice of several vehicles – from economic compact cars through to luxury 4x4s and SUVs. 

On the Island, explore the beaches and bays along our 67 mile coastline. Build a sandcastle in an East Wight resort, cruise along the stunning coastal drive in the West Wight and then park up in Cowes to see the cruise liners and yachts on the Solent.  

If you’re feeling adventurous, take to the water for a lesson in kayaking, surfing or coasteering. Thrill seekers can also try paragliding along the coastline or mountainboarding on our hilly terrains.  

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If you’d rather slow down a little, visit one of our animal parks or woodland where you might even spot a shy red squirrel in one of its last remaining habitats. In the South Wight you’ll find exceptional gardens and unusual plants which thrive with the Island’s warmer weather. For a quirky souvenir, you can even pick up a bottle of English wine from a local vineyard. 

Discover the Island’s rich history with stops at Queen Victoria’s home and the Castle which held Prince Charles I captive. Osborne and Carisbrooke are just 15 minutes apart by car, so seeing them both in a day is achievable. Nostalgic visitors might like to combine the chairlift at Alum Bay with a history lesson at the Needles Old Battery which defended the Solent from attack.  

In the evening, park up and dine at one of the many waterfront restaurants that you’ll find in all four corners of the Island. Local seafood is a speciality with some chefs serving up the daily catch within minutes. 

Even our busiest festival weekends are a breeze if you travel as a foot passenger and pick up a hire car. Experience the buzz of the world’s biggest yachting regatta in Cowes, the heritage of the Isle of Wight Festival or one of the smaller events such as Ventnor’s Fringe Festival, Rhythmtree’s celebration of world music or the spectacle of the Round the Island Yacht Race. 

To book your hire car, visit Enterprise

For more information about driving on the Isle of Wight, you can visit our Inspirational Drives page and our Driving Information page for more about where to park and what to do.