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.