The main bus service on the Isle of Wight is operated by Southern Vectis, with 16 regular routes in operation connecting most parts of the Island. There are also seasonal bus services - including the Downs and Needles Breezer sevices and the Island Coaster service.
The timetable for these services varies throughout the day with buses to the major towns and resorts running until late into the night.
Bus stops are easily accessible from four of the five ferry services, with just a short walk required to the nearest pickup from the terminal at Fishbourne.
A new summer timetable starts on April 9th.
Further information on the Isle of Wight bus service can also be found on the Southern Vectis website.
Southern Vectis' The KeySouthern Vectis offer a smartcard solution to make it cheaper and easier to travel by bus during your stay on the Isle of Wight. The "Key" gives a holder the opportunity to buy an Adult Freedom pass for unlimited travel on 7 consecutive days across the whole Isle of Wight bus network for just £24.
A new “hop on hop off” bus service has been introduced to help visitors explore the Island, with one ticket price for 24 hours unlimited travel.
Considered one of the best rides on the Isle of Wight, the open top “Needles Breezer” tour runs from the picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth, along through to the pretty Freshwater Bay past the site of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
The trip then works its way up to its pinnacle as it climbs the cliffs at Alum Bay and up to The Needles Battery above the famous iconic Needles Rocks and Lighthouse.
To download the Needles Breezer leaflet click here
In contrast the “Downs Breezer” tour shows a different side to the Island, running from Ryde across the impressive downs on the east side of the Island, through charming villages and past major attractions to the resort town of Sandown; with one of the best stretches of sandy beach on the whole Island.
To download the Downs Breezer leaflet click here
For summer visitors to the resort of Shanklin there is the “Shanklin Steamer” service available to transfer you from the train station to the charming Old Village area, into the main town and also down to the Esplanade and beaches.
To download the Shanklin Steamer leaflet click here