Useful links

This page has been superseded and is a placeholder in case of historic web links.

All our previous links about 'Things to do on the Isle of Wight' are now in a new section of our web site.



Local Bus Service

Southern Vectis

Car Ferries

Southampton / East Cowes
Red Funnel Ferries
Tel: 0844 844 9988
The Red Funnel Car Ferry service operates an hourly crossing between Southampton and East Cowes that takes approximately 55 minutes..

Portsmouth / Fishbourne or Lymington / Yarmouth
Wightlink Ferries
Tel: 0871 376 1000
These crossings take approximately 40 minutes with the ferries running approximately every 30 minutes during the day.


Foot passengers

Southampton / Cowes
Red funnel Red Jet
Tel: 0844 844 9988
The Red Jet Hi-Speed ferry service operates half-hourly between Southampton Town Quay and West Cowes. The catamarans carry foot-passengers only, and the crossing takes about 22 minutes.
Portsmouth / Ryde
Wightlink Catamaran
Tel: 0871 376 1000
Comfortable catamarans between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head connect the railway stations at either end of the service in around 22 minutes.
Southsea / Ryde
Hover Travel
Tel: 08434 87 88 87
The fastest way to cross the Solent is the famous Hover Travel Hovercraft which runs between Southsea and Ryde and also provides an interconnecting bus service into Portsmouth linking up with train services and other ferries.  The service typically runs every 30 minutes taking around just 10 minutes.