There are lots of easy ways to get yourself onto the Island. If you’re in your car then you have a choice of car ferries at Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington which run frequently. You can also use these ferries as foot passengers or if you are bringing your bike with you. If you want to zip onto the Island more quickly then there’s the Red Jet from Southampton into Cowes, the Wightlink catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde or the Hovercraft from Southsea also to Ryde. All passenger routes connect to public transport on the Isle of Wight.



Wightlink operate ferries from Lymington and Portsmouth, including a foot passenger ferry from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station.

Portsmouth Car Ferry – This is the busiest and most popular route to the Island, with crossings every half hour during the summer months.

Foot Passenger: Ferry Speed
22 Minutes

Car: Ferry Speed
45 Minutes

Founded In



Red Funnel

Red Funnel operate a car ferry and foot passenger ferry, both from Southampton, a short hop from the City Centre and shops. The car takes 1 hour, but the new larger ferries have a large café area, Bar, coffee Bar and a 2nd upper deck with 2 additional large cafes, one of which is the pet friendly café. WiFi is also available onboard. These ferries run hourly.

Foot Passenger: Ferry Speed
23 Minutes

Car: Ferry Speed
55-60 Minutes

Founded In
10th September 1861