Getting to the Isle of Wight couldn't be easier

All you need to do is get yourself (or catch a Big Green Coach - info below) to one of the four mainland ferry ports at Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea.

After a short crossing, you will arrive on the Island and you'll be at the Isle of Wight Festival in no time at all.

The ferry ports are served by good rail and road links.

Both Southampton & Portsmouth are served by excellent rail links, you can get there in 90mins from London!

*TOP TIP* If you book a train journey using a railcard from wherever you are to West Cowes (via Southampton) or Ryde Esplanade (via Portsmouth) or Ryde Hoverport you'll get the best prices!


Red Funnel offers two services for people travelling on foot: the ferry from Southampton to East Cowes or the Red Jet from Southampton to West Cowes. There are bus stations at both Cowes’ terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to the Festival.

Visit Red Funnel


Wightlink offers two services for people travelling on foot: the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth and the Catamaran from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde. There are bus stations at both Island terminals where you can catch the bus to take you directly to Festival.

* We would not advise taking the Portsmouth to Fishbourne ferry if you are travelling without a vehicle, as there is no transport at the Fishbourne terminal to take you to the Festival.

Visit Wightlink


Hovertravel operates a hovercraft service from Southsea to Ryde taking only 10 minutes to cross the Solent. They have a quick and easy Hoverbus service connecting from all Portsmouth stations with every Hovercraft service. If you book a rail through ticket to Ryde Hoverport reserve your chosen flight by completing the online reservation form: Onward bus travel to the Festival site is only a short 2 minute walk from their Ryde terminal.

Visit Hovertravel


Rib transfers operate from Hamble, Southampton directly to the Island Harbour Marina. From here there is a 5 minute walk from the Marina to the Campsite entrance.

Visit Rib Transfer

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There are two companies that operate car ferry travel across the water from the mainland to the Isle of Wight. Red Funnel operates a crossing from Southampton to East Cowes (1hr crossing). Wightlink operates two services, one from Lymington to Yarmouth (40min crossing) and the other from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (45min crossing).

All you need to do is book your travel, drive to the ferry terminal, board the ferry in your car, drive off at the other side and follow the directional signage to the Festival. You can park at the Festival site. We recommend that you pay for your car parking in advance when you buy your Festival ticket.

Visit Red Funnel

Visit Wightlink

The Festival Shuttle buses run regularly to and from all major ports and towns direct into the festival bus station.

From the Ferry Ports

Southern Vectis run regular shuttle buses to and from most ferry ports direct into the festival bus station:

• Yarmouth, for Wightlink from Lymington

• West Cowes, for high-speed Red Jet from Southampton

• East Cowes, for vehicle ferry Red Funnel from Southampton

• Ryde Esplanade, for Wightlink from Portsmouth and Hovertravel from Southsea

Ferry port shuttle buses will operate from around 8am through until 3am Thursday to Monday. The last buses will be at midday on Monday.

There are also regular service buses that will bring to Newport where you can walk up to the Festival or catch a shuttle to the Festival campsites.