Ventnor Fringe



England’s largest island is closer then you think…

The Isle of Wight is located off the south coast of England and is well serviced with regular ferry connections to the mainland. There are services that run every 30 to 60 minutes during the day.

Once on the Island travelling either by car or public transport is easy, taking around 45 minutes to get to Ventnor located on the Southern point of the Island.  Click on the crossings below to find easy route maps to Ventnor both by car and public transport. We have put some handy guides for timings from different locations to one of the Island’s ferry ports to get an idea for how long your journey will be.

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London – > Southampton

Car: 2 hours

Train: 1 hour 20 mins

Bristol – > Southampton

Car: 1 hour 45

Train: 1 hour 40

Getting to the ports…


Southwest Trains

Train services from London Waterloo predominantly.

Southern Rail

Train services from London Victoria predominantly.


Crossing the Solent…


 Red Funnel

Vehicle ferry service Southampton to East Cowes

Foot passenger ferry service Southampton to West Cowes


High speed foot passenger hover service Southsea to Ryde Esplanade


The last part…


Island Trains

There is a short train route on the island from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin, which can be quicker than the bus from Ryde. The no. 3 bus to Ventnor stops right outside Shanklin station.

Brighton – > Portsmouth

Car: 1 hour 15

Train: 1 hour 30

Bournemouth – >Lymington

Car: 45mins

Train: 40mins



National Express

Coach services run to Portsmouth Hard Interchange and Southampton Coach Station.






Vehicle ferry service Portsmouth to Fishborne

Vehicle ferry service Lymington to Yarmouth 

Foot passenger ferry service Portsmouth to Ryde Pier





Southern Vectis Buses

There are many buses serving the island regularly and a half hourly service (hourly after midnight) to Ventnor from Ryde or Newport directly. The direct buses from Newport are the no. 3 and no. 6 buses.