Travel to the Island

The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England located on the south coast. The Island is well serviced with regular ferry connections to the mainland. On most routes there are services every 30-60 minutes all day every day. 

Red Funnel run car and foot passenger services from Southampton to Cowes/East Cowes. Discounts are available on this service to artists performing at the Ventnor Fringe.

Wightlink run car ferries from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Lymington to Yarmouth as well as a high-speed foot passenger service from Portsmouth to Ryde. Discounts are available on this service to artists performing at the Ventnor Fringe.

Hovertravel hovercraft service operates the fastest foot passenger crossing from Southsea, landing at Ryde.

RED FUNNEL – approx journey duration 90 mins car ferry/ 30 mins foot passenger ferry

WIGHTLINK – approx journey durations 60 mins car ferry/ 25 mins foot passenger ferry

HOVERTRAVEL – approx journey duration 10 mins foot passenger hovercraft


If travelling by car on main motorway routes head to the nearest port of Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington to catch a ferry. From London this is around 2 hours drive on routes including the M25 and M3.


National coach services such as National Express and Megabus run regular services to Portsmouth and Southampton from London.


National rail provides a few different ways to get to one of the nearest ferry ports from London but can be reached from as far as Birmingham, Cardiff or Weymouth.