Trains to the Isle of Wight

Reaching the Island by train

One of the most convenient ways of reaching the Isle of Wight is by train. Each of our three mainland ports is only moments from a well-connected railway station, from where you can hop on the ferry and be on the Island in as little as 22 minutes. 

Our ports

Our Portsmouth Harbour port is found within Portsmouth Harbour Train Station, so is perfect for railway travel.  

London to the Isle of Wight is straightforward by train, with South Western Railways regular services from London Waterloo to Portsmouth. It can take you as little as 90 minutes and, from there, our FastCats can get you across the Solent to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight in just 22 minutes. You can also travel from London with Southern Railway’s regular services from London Victoria, with a change of train at Fratton or Portsmouth & Southsea.

Similarly, our Lymington 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. 

Train tickets to 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, which include your Wightlink ferry in the price. 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. 

Book your Isle of Wight train today.

How long does it take to get to the Isle of Wight by train?

It’s quicker than you think to get to the Isle of Wight by train:

  • From London Waterloo | 2 hours 

  • From Reading | 2 ½ hours 

  • Cardiff | 4 hours 

  • Birmingham | 4 ½ hours 

Getting around the IOW 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.

You can also sample some Island nostalgia on the Isle of Wight Steam railway, which connects Havenstreet, Smallbrook, Wootton and Ashey. 

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 combination tickets