Getting to the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is located just off the south coast of Southern England and is linked to the mainland ports of Lymington, Southampton and Portsmouth by vehicle ferries, high speed passenger catamarans and hovercraft. The island is served by three main operators. These are Hovertravel, Red Funnel and Wightlink.

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Air

The London airports of Heathrow and Gatwick are both about one and a half hours by road from the ferry terminals. Travellers from Europe can fly directly to Southampton airport which is about twenty minutes by taxi from the Southampton ferry terminal.

Useful air travel links:

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Train

Southampton and Portsmouth ferry terminals are both linked to London by fast rail services, the journey time taking approximately one and a half hours. The London terminus is Waterloo Station. Tickets can be purchased straight through to Shanklin train station, to include the ferry crossing.

For train times & fares, please go to: http://www.thetrainline.com/?href=ppcg_trainline&WT.srch=1&WT.mc_ev=click&gclid=CJGB2qbPwr8CFWfHtAod-2UAug

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Car

Please click on the 'directions' button on the above Google Map, to plan your journey.

There are the following car ferries:

  • Portsmouth to Fishbourne (approx. 40 mins)
  • Lymington to Yarmouth (approx. 35 mins)
    (Operated by Wightlink: http://www.wightlink.co.uk/ )
  • Southampton to East Cowes (approx 45 mins)

(Operated by Red Funnel: http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/ )

After the crossing, from Yarmouth it is a 40-45 min drive to Shanklin.

From Fishbourne, it is a 25 min drive to Shanklin.

From East Cowes, it is a 30 min drive to Shanklin.


The Vernon Meade pay and display car park is situated 50 metres from Keats Cottage. You can purchase an all-island tourist parking permit through PayByPhone with a debit or credit card. You won't be receiving a physical permit and it can be used at all council-owned on and off street pay and display parking areas. It costs £11.50 for 2 days, £17.75 for 3 days, £22.75 for 4 days,£39.25 for 7 days. If you are staying just for 1 night, pay and display parking it is free between 6pm and 8am. Alternatively, there is an on-street parking available in the residential area by the theatre.

Getting to the Isle of Wight by Coach

The National Express network connects via interchanges at London, Birmingham and Bristol to the Wightlink ferry terminal at Portsmouth Harbour and at London and Southampton interchanges for Lymington.

Bus service on the Isle of Wight

We have an excellent bus service on the Isle of Wight run by Southern Vectis - a weeks freedom ticket costing around £24. There is a bus stop very close to us in Shanklin Old Village which is on the main bus route 2 & 3. The Special Island Coaster bus also stops in the Village and goes right round the coast to Yarmouth and Alum Bay.