Travel, you do not need a passport

Despite several questions over the years, you do not need a passport to come to the Isle of Wight from the UK however saying that and in the current climate travel insurance is recommended, follow the link to see my own recommendations from my own experience of these companies, remember we are part of the UK.

There is no bridge or train to come over, there is one option and three companies to choose from, get your credit cards out as this stretch of water has been reported to be the most expensive in the world! This site can support you in your choice and this search engine will help you see the times and prices. You can book through them with ease.

More details are below but until then I’d love to know your preference in the poll below.

Which boat do you prefer to travel on to come to the Isle of Wight?

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Fly

There are no commercial flights to the Isle of Wight however there are two airfields on the Isle of Wight that accept private flights. To see more information please visit Bembridge airport and Sandown airport. You can always fly into a local mainland airport such as Southampton or Bournemouth and then travel to the Island.

Coach

Coach holiday’s remain in demand and it makes sense, who wouldn’t want to travel from your area to the beautiful Isle of Wight without having to drive? There are lots of options of transport on the Island when you are here which I’ve linked for you below. Coach holidays give you the chance to meet new people, visit attractions without the cost of parking and take the stress out of the travel, sit back and relax!

Hovertravel

My favorite for speed and fun but for foot passengers only. https://www.hovertravel.co.uk/

The Hovercraft run by Hovertravel began in 1965 and were leased and built from East Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Hovercraft will take foot passengers, push bikes, pushchairs and luggage to and from Southsea sea front to Ryde sea front in just 10 minutes! It is efficient, it has great views of the Island and lands right next to the main transport stops for the Isle of Wight. You can even link up with Enterprise for your car hire through them. The Hovercraft can only hold 4 pushbikes at a time!

You can find Hovertravel’s discount offers at HOVERTRAVEL and I would recommend looking at their site for what else they can combine in your purchase.

You can book the Hovercraft as part of your train journey, have a look at The Train Line (link below) and search from your first location to your final destination and it will automatically add your ferry tickets.

Hovertravel Southsea terminal postcode: PO5 3AD Hovertravel Ryde (Isle of Wight) terminal postcode: PO33 2HB

Red Funnel

Southampton to East Cowes Car Ferry
https://www.redfunnel.co.uk/

The car ferry takes you from Southampton docs to East Cowes in around 1 hour. There is a café and a shop on board, you can also see some of the cruise ships that dock in Southampton on your sailing, the view on the solent is beautiful, especially at sunset or sunrise. I’d always advise to check their website as to the service status of your sailing. Red Funnel also have a section to take your pets.

The most recent offers are below (only good for a certain amount of uses. Updated July 21).

  • £18.61 each way vehicle day return, any day – B1718168140
  • £40 vehicle day return. Tues – Thursday – B1740168141
  • £44 vehicle day return, Mon – Sunday – B1744168140
  • 20% off vehicle travel for stays of 2+ nights – B1720168145
  • 20% off vehicle travel of 2+ nights – B1721168141
  • 15% off vehicle travel of 1+ nights – B1715168146

All have a limited amount of use, ones there gone they are gone.

Red Funnel have a Signature lounge for an extra price. I have used this several times now and I must say, I would not travel any other way. It is adults only, food and drinks are including in the price (some exceptions) and the Wi-Fi is top notch. It is comfy and stylish. Oh yeah, plug socket galore to charge your devices. Remember to bring the USB plug convertor which you can get here.

When you get back to your car on the ferry you will have no signal for your sat nav or mobile to initially find where you are going.

Red Funnel Southampton terminal postcode: SO14 2AL Red Funnel East Cowes (Isle of Wight) terminal  postcode: PO32 6RA

Quick tip: When driving through Southampton from the M271 direction, stick to the righthand lane as when you approach Red Funnel you will need this lane to join the Red Funnel lane, you will get tooted at if you just stop in the left hand lane to try to get into the queue of traffic.

Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry
https://www.wightlink.co.uk/

Wightlink car ferry goes from Portsmouth to Fishbourne in 45 minutes or Lymington to Yarmouth in 40 minutes. On board you will find a variation of different seating options and food and drink outlets. The view from Portsmouth will allow you to take in the promenade at Southsea and a great view of the Spinnaker Tower. The sailing from Lymington will take you through the mouth of the Lymington River and past Hurst Castle, you will be able to see the Needles on a clear day.

I’d always advise to check their website as to the service status of your sailing. Wightlink’s discounts can be found at WIGHTLINK . Wightlink can take pets onboard.

Wightlink pride themselves on having the first hybrid energy ferry in England, setting new standards for cross-Solent travel, she uses 17% less fuel than a conventional ferry of the same size. 

When you get back to your car on the ferry you will have no signal for your sat nav or mobile to initially find where you are going.

Wightlink Portsmouth ferry terminal postcode: PO1 2LA Wightlink Fishbourne (Isle of Wight) ferry terminal  postcode: PO33 4EU

Wightlink Lymington ferry terminal postcode: SO41 5SB Wightlink Yarmouth (Isle of Wight) ferry terminal postcode: PO41 0PB 

Catamaran

The two Catamaran’s that run from Portsmouth to Ryde Pier (Wightlink) and Southampton to West Cowes are passenger ferries only. Each journey takes less that 30 minutes.

You can book the Wightlink Catamaran as part of your train journey, have a look at The Train Line (link below) and search from your first location to your final destination and it will automatically add your ferry tickets.

Red Funnel Southampton terminal: SO14 2AQ  Red Funnel West Cowes terminal (Isle of Wight) postcode: PO31 7AR

Wightlink Portsmouth Harbour ferry terminal postcode: PO1 3PS Wightlink Ryde Pierhead (Isle of Wight) ferry terminal postcode: PO33 2HF

Don’t forget to look at different times for the boats as the prices will vary

What to bring on the ferry

Ladies, the wind in your hair on the decks of those ferries mean there is one essential item. Hair bobbles, I love to have a tangle free hair bobble covered with a scrunchie, below are my favorite ones I use. When they say tangle free they aren’t kidding.

If you have children I’d advise you to bring them something to do especially on the longer boat trips.

When you get back to your car on the ferry you will have no signal for your sat nav or mobile to initially find where you are going.

Sat Nav’s

Even though I live on the Isle of Wight when I visit places I do not usually go I tend to use sat nav.

Tom Tom is the leading brand and what I use, i’ve just looked on their website and spotted they have Sat Nav’s for Car’s, Motorcycles, Campers and accessories. Your one stop shop – click here.

In Summary

It does fall down to how you need to travel, if you have a vehicle then you need to use the car ferries but if you are on foot or push bike you can choose any of those above. Do your research and travel off-peak when you can.

All in all, you get to the Isle of Wight and that is the main thing!

Once you are here visit https://traveltipstobuyingbits.co.uk/on-island-travel to continue your journey.