All aboard the bus - Car-free break - Isle of Wight

If you’re planning a car-free break this autumn, you’ll be interested to learn how the Island’s buses can help you travel around. Switching your car for the bus will not only mean you’ll be contributing to a more environmentally friendly island, it will also give you time to sit back, relax and enjoy more of the Island’s stunning views.

The ‘next stop’ announcement screens on-board buses and the incredibly knowledgeable drivers are there to help you find your destination, but if you’d prefer to plan in advance, take a look at the Southern Vectis route planner for door to door route information.

There are plenty of properties across the Isle of Wight that are part of Visit Isle of Wight’s Green Star scheme, meaning their owners have pledged to help their guests plan a trip without the car. Here are just seven members of the scheme - and how to get to each one by bus from the nearest ferry or hovercraft terminal.

Farringford self-catering cottages, Freshwater

Farringford self-catering cottages, Freshwater

From Yarmouth bus station, take the Needles Breezer directly to Farringford. This circular route is perfect for sitting back and enjoying the stunning views of the West Wight. Please note that the Needles Breezer service runs until 3rd November 2019.

Seaview Hotel, Seaview

Seaview Hotel, Seaview

From Ryde bus station, take the number 8 bus to Seaview and depart at Ryde Road which is just a short walk to the Seaview Hotel via Church Street and West Street. This scenic bus route takes you behind Appley Park, which you could walk to along the seafront on another day.

Inglewood Guest House, Sandown

Inglewood Guest House, Sandown

From Ryde bus station, take the number 2 bus to Sandown and depart at Fort Mews. You’ll then need to head down Avenue Road where the Inglewood Guest House is located. The bus ride will take you through the historic village of Brading and across the Downs that show off yet more of the Island’s incredible scenery.

Newport Quay Hotel, Newport

Newport Quay Hotel, Newport

From Cowes Red Jet terminal, take the number 1 bus into Newport. Depart at Lower St James’ Street or the bus station and take the short walk to Newport Quay Hotel on Quay Street via the many independent shops and cafes on the High Street.

Kingsmede, Whitwell

Kingsmede, Whitwell

From Ryde bus station, firstly take the number 9 bus to Newport bus station. Change there onto the number 6 and depart at Whitwell Church on Kemming Road. You won’t be far from Whitwell’s High Street and Kingsmede.

St Maur Hotel, Ventnor

St Maur Hotel, Ventnor

From Ryde bus station, take the number 3 bus to Ventnor. You’ll pass by the award-winning Sandown Bay before you reach your stop, which is St Albans Steps in Ventnor. Then simply walk behind St Albans Church, firstly to Gill’s Cliff Road and then onto Castle Road where you’ll find St Maur Hotel.

The Braemar, Shanklin

The Braemar, Shanklin

From Ryde bus station, take the number 2 bus and depart at Shanklin Library. You’ll then find it’s just a few minutes’ walk to the Braemar via Salem Road, Pomona Road and Grange Road. The Braemar is in Shanklin Old Village; a quaint part of the town near to Shanklin Chine.

Find out more about our Green Star scheme or ask our Travel Ambassadors for advice on how you can enjoy a car-free break on the Isle of Wight.

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