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Trains to the Isle of Wight

How to get to the Isle of Wight by train

Getting to the Isle of Wight couldn’t be easier these days and one of the most convenient ways of heading to the Island is by train. Our ferry ports have fantastic railway links, connecting the Isle of Wight with the rest of the UK.

Our Portsmouth Harbour port is located just moments from Portsmouth Harbour Train Station and, as such, is perfect for railway travel. London to the Isle of Wight is straightforward by train, with South Western Railway‘s regular services from London Waterloo to Portsmouth. It takes under two hours and, from there, our FastCats can get you across the Solent to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight in just 22 minutes.

Similarly, our Lymington car and passenger ferry port is easily accessible by train as it sits minutes from Lymington Pier Train Station. From there, you can get to Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight in only 40 minutes on a beautifully scenic crossing.

Don’t want to travel by train? Take the car with Wightlink. 

Train tickets to the IOW

To make things easy for you, you can purchase ‘through’ or ‘combined’ train tickets to the Isle of Wight port you’re travelling to. Helpfully, this gives you access to some of your usual railway discounts, such as 16-25 railcards, covering the whole of your package.

You can also purchase through tickets that include onward travel on the Island via the Island Line train service.

To check Isle of Wight train times and to buy through tickets online, you can use National Rail or South Western Railway or, alternatively, you can purchase your tickets at any railway ticket office.

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South Western Railway train to Isle of Wight

How long does it take to get to the IOW by train?

It’s quicker than you think to get to the Isle of Wight by train. From London Waterloo, you can be on the Island in just over two hours while travelling from Reading will take around two and a half hours. If you’re coming from Cardiff, you can expect to arrive on the Isle of Wight in just over four hours and from Birmingham, travel by train will take around four and a half hours.

Can I get around the Isle of Wight by train?

Island Line run a train service on the east of the Isle of Wight between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin, also serving the towns of Brading, Sandown and Lake.  It’s 30 minutes to get from Ryde to Shanklin and the service runs every half hour throughout the day.

If you need to travel west, Southern Vectis buses regularly run from Ryde Bus Station.

At any of our Ticket Offices, you can purchase ‘Combination Tickets’, which incorporate your ferry across the Solent to the Isle of Wight and onward travel on the Island. Find out more about these on our Foot passenger fares page.

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