Visiting Ventnor

Getting Here

Being on an Island, the journey to Ventnor is part of the fun. Whether travelling by rail, road or on foot you’ll have to get a ferry. Setting sail to the festival is just the beginning of the adventure!

Your travel to Ventnor Fringe has an impact on the environment, and travelling on the ferries with a vehicle is considerably more expensive than on foot, so please do consider using public transport. Once in Ventnor all the venues are within walking distance of each other. 

By Road

Ventnor is approx 45mins drive from most of the Island’s ferry ports. Ferries departing from Southampton are operated by Red Funnel and take approx 60mins. Ferries departing from Lymington and Portsmouth are operated by Wightlink and take approx 45mins. Be sure to plan your journeys now as advance tickets are always cheaper.

By Rail

If travelling via London, Brighton or the South East it is generally best to travel through Portsmouth, catching Wightlink’s FastCat service from Portsmouth Harbour (approx 20mins crossing)

At Ryde Pier you can catch the Island Line train to Shanklin (approx 20mins) where the No3 bus operates a rail link to Ventnor (approx 15mins)

From Southsea it can be quicker to use the Hovertravel Hovercraft service, changing onto the Island Line Train at Ryde Esplanade.

If travelling from Bristol, Cardiff or the West Country it is generally best to travel via Southampton using Red Funnel’s RedJet service (approx 25mins) and than using local bus connections from West Cowes to Ventnor. You will need to change at Newport.

Please note, if booking tickets with National Rail these can include the ferry journeys and any railcard discounts you may have will also be applied to the ferry fare if booked together.

Getting Around


Ventnor is a compact town and most venues are located within a short walking distance of each other. In general, the quickest way to get between venues can often be on foot. Almost all venues are with 10-15mins walk of each other.

It’s worth pointing out that Ventnor is very hilly but the majority of venues are within the town centre (Downtown) and along Park Avenue (Parkside) which avoid the majority of the town’s hills.


If you’re thinking of bringing your bike this can also be a great way to get between venues as well as giving you a chance to explore more of the Island. But remember Ventnor is very hilly! That said, there are some fantastic cycle routes right across the Island worth checking out.


The Isle of Wight’s bus network is excellent, and Ventnor is connected with a regular bus service that runs every 30mins to all of the Island’s main towns. Buses operate until around midnight on weekdays and 3am on weekends.

One off fares can be expensive, but there are a variety of travel cards which offer much better value. Visit Southern Vectis for more details


Ventnor has a range of local taxi companies but these become very busy during the Fringe week. If you know your going to need one, it’s well worth booking in advance.


If you’re bringing your own car, please be aware that Ventnor has limited parking and strict restrictions in place.