How to get to Isle of Wight

How to get to Isle of Wight, by Train, Bus or Car including postcode, driving directions and map

Getting to Isle of Wight by Car
To get to Isle of Wight by car, you will need to use one of the three routes to cross the Solent.

Portsmouth – Fishbourne route (7 miles, 45 mins approx.)
Southampton – East Cowes route (11 miles, 55 – 60 mins approx.)
Lymington – Yarmouth route (40 mins approx.)

Wightlink Ferries operate the routes from Portsmouth and Lymington. Southampton to East Cowes route is operated by Red Funnel.
Travelling south from London to Isle of Wight by car, A3 is considerably the easiest route and then taking the ferry from Portsmouth Gunwharf Ferry Terminal to Fishbourne in Isle of Wight. The journey time from Gunwharf Terminal to Fishbourne is approximately 45 minutes. You can book the tickets online or by phone in advance and return journeys are often cheaper than booking single journeys. You are also able to buy tickets when you arrive at the terminal but the prices tend to go up and there will be a longer waiting time if it is busy season.

Driving distance from London to Portsmouth Gunwharf Ferry Terminal – 77 miles (1 hr 40 mins)

Postcode for GPS/Satnav for Portsmouth Gunwharf Terminal - PO1 2LA
Postcode for GPS/Satnav for Lymington Ferry Terminal - SO41 5SB

Portsmouth-Gunwharf-ferry-terminalAddress for Wightlink ferry Terminals -
Portsmouth Gunwharf Ferry Terminal
Gunwharf Road
Portsmouth, Hampshire

Lymington Ferry Terminal

Undershore Road
SO41 5SB


Getting to Isle of Wight by Train
A typical train journey from London to Isle of Wight will involve taking the a train from London Waterloo station to Southampton Central Station (Journey time – 1 hr 20 mins)
The rest of the journey from Southampton Central station to East Cowes in Isle of Wight will involve taking a 7 minute bus ride to Southampton Town Quay and then taking a Red Funnel Passenger Ferry (usually takes approximately 55 minutes) to East Cowes.

You can book the tickets all together with the train tickets from London using National Rail website or South West Trains services which often work out cheaper than buying individually.

Map of the Ferry routes and Ferry Terminals

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To find out about the top beaches in Isle of Wight visit Review of the Top Beaches in Isle of Wight Page for our top beach recommendations with detailed information.

Isle of Wight Facts

Area – 148 sq miles (380 sq km)
Population – 140.500 (2010)
Location – South of England on English Channel
Famous for
Cowes Week (Yachting event)
Isle of Wight Festival (music festival)
The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival
Garden Isle – Home to many rare plants
Walks – Over 1400 public rights of way and 514 miles of walking trails
Haunted! – Believed to be one of the most haunted Islands in Britain
Yarmouth – Population 1000 and smallest town in Britain
The Garlic Farm – 100 acres and largest specialist garlic grower in UK!
Eight Wonders of Isle of Wight! (A series of landmarks, by W. J. Nigh)
- ‘Freshwater’ you cannot drink
- ‘Cowes’ you cannot milk
- ‘Needles’ you cannot thread
- ‘Lakes’ where there is no water
- ‘Ryde’ where you walk
- ‘Newport’ that you cannot bottle
- ‘Newtown’ which is very old
- ‘Winkle Street’ where there are no winkles

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