How to get from London to the Isle of Wight

In today’s busy, high-pressured world, every major city needs a convenient getaway. Many of us dream of a place of peace, beauty, and family activities in which to unwind. There are parks, of course, but a city park can only do so much – which is why London is blessed to have the Isle of Wight on its doorstep.

Although getting from London to the Isle of Wight is incredibly easy, the two places feel like different worlds. The Isle of Wight offers all the beauty, peace, pristine beaches, and panoramic views of the UK’s more remote counties, without the problematic access issues. With modern transport links, Wightlink passengers can transport themselves from the frantic bustle of London to the fresh tranquillity of the Isle of Wight in fewer than two hours if travelling by train and our FastCat service.

If you’re wondering how to get to the Isle of Wight from London, read on.

Ferries to the Isle of Wight

Wightlink offer the fastest ferry services to the Isle of Wight. Our car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne will have you on the island in under 45 minutes. Should you wish to enjoy one of the Isle of Wight’s many fantastic cycling routes, bicycles can travel for free on all Wightlink ferry services.

The fastest route for foot passengers is the FastCat service, which travels from Portsmouth Harbour (located in the train station) to Ryde Pier Head in just 22 minutes. The views from our ferry routes are spectacular, our amenities are very comfortable and we waste no time in getting you to your island escape!

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London to Isle of Wight train

The speed and convenience of the train from London to the Isle of Wight was a key factor in the Island’s surge in popularity during the nineteenth century. Two hundred years later, trains are much faster, and far more frequent.

In order to get to the Isle of Wight from London, passengers need to catch one of the regular trains to Portsmouth. South Western Railway run the most direct service between Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour, with most journeys only an hour and 40 minutes long. You will be dropped right outside our FastCat terminal to Ryde, and only a short walk away from the car ferry terminal to Fishbourne.

London to Isle of Wight by coach

Catching the coach to the Isle of Wight is one of the most economical ways of getting here. National Express run a regular shuttle from London Victoria coach station to Portsmouth, which will drop travelers very close to Wightlink’s Portsmouth terminals.

The entire journey from London to the Isle of Wight takes less than three hours, and single National Express fares start from as little as £7 a ticket. Many coach companies offer London to the Isle of Wight tour packages at varying points during the season, so it is worth checking your options before you book.

London to Isle of Wight by car

There are many driving routes which will get you to the Isle of Wight from London. The best route varies depending on where you start from, and which Wightlink ferry you intend to catch, but it’s possible to get to our Portsmouth car ferry terminal in around an hour and a half.

People travelling from North and West London would do best to turn off the M25 and onto the M3 at Junction 12. From here, follow signposts to either Lymington Pier or Portsmouth Gunwharf, depending on which Wightlink ferry you are aiming for.

People travelling from South and East London will find it easier to reach us via the A3. This is usually the fastest and least congested route. Turn off the M25 at Junction 10 and follow signs for Lymington Pier or Portsmouth Gunwharf.

To get exact directions from your door to the Isle of Wight by car, use our handy map. Depending on which terminal you’d like to sail from, follow one of the below links and pop in your postcode.

London to Isle of Wight flights

There is no commercial airport on the Isle of Wight, but visitors from a long way away can still easily access the Island via London’s airports. Flights into any of London’s major airports will leave you within a few hours’ easy journey of the Island, using any of the methods mentioned above.

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