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Information on the types of public transport available on the Isle of Wight.


Southern Vectis is the main provider of bus transport on the Isle of Wight. There are travel shops at Newport, Ryde and Yarmouth Bus Depots. Tickets can be purchased from travel shops, on the bus or online. Certain tickets are only available online.

FYTbus and a number of other community bus services are run by volunteers. You may wish to contact your local Parish Council to find out more about services in your area.


Island Line operates between Ryde and Shanklin, serving Smallbrook Junction, Brading, Sandown and Lake intermediate stations. It connects at Ryde Pier Head with the Wighlink high speed catamaran.

High Speed Catamaran

Take a trip from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier Head with Wightlink’s High Speed passenger ferry service. Once you’re on the island you can find connecting trains for Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin.


Hovertravel offers a short 10-minute crossing between Southsea (Clarence Pier) and Ryde Esplanade, with handy connections to Island Line Trains services and Southern Vectis once you arrive.

Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferries

The Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferries operate a frequent service throughout the day. Simply turn up on the day, purchase your ticket and take off! There are sailings every 30 minutes at peak times including Saturdays and every 60 minutes at off-peak times. The service is for foot passengers only and the crossing takes under 25 minutes at speeds up to 40 knots!

 Cowes – East Cowes Chain Ferry

The link below takes you to the chain ferry webcam

Chain Ferry Webcam