Posted on March 21, 2019

We've got some great exclusive deals with the ferry companies this year, but you will need to use the links below to get them!

Southampton your closest town?

Take the train to Southampton Central, where you can hop on the FREE Quayconnect bus across the city to Red Funnel’s hi-speed passenger terminal. From here, speed across the Solent to Cowes on the Redjet, where you’ll find shuttle buses to the Festival. You can buy Redjet tickets in advance at for just £15 RTN.

If you’re bringing a car book from Red Funnel’s main terminal to East Cowes, then follow the road signs to the Festival nearby.

Heading to Portsmouth?

Take the train to Portsmouth Harbour station, then hop on the FastCat where Wightlink will whisk you to Ryde in around 20 minutes, where there will be shuttle buses waiting to take you to the Festival. Wightlink also have some great deals for pre-booked foot passengers with returns for only £16.

Bringing your own wheels? Wightlink Portsmouth Car Ferry Terminal is easily accessed from the UK motorway network and their comfortable ferry will get you across to Fishbourne in just 45 minutes. Book via their Festival deals page to get the best price.

Coming from the West?

If you’re coming from the West, you may find the Wightlink Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry suits you better. Once again, it’s easy to get to and because it’s the fastest car ferry crossing to the Island, you’ll be at the Festival site in no time. Book now.  You'll need to catch a shuttle bus from Yarmouth to the Festival.

Want a more unique way to cross the Solent?

Try a Hovercraft from Southsea seafront (near Portsmouth) -  the fastest 'flight' over to the Island and 20% off standard returns until the end of May, it's got to be worth a look. Book here.

Or catch a Rib right down the river to end up only 5 mins from the Festival site. Book with Urban Truant and they'll do the rest.

Travelling by train? Got a railcard?

We recommend using trains to get to Southampton, Portsmouth, Southsea or Lymington then connecting with the closest ferry to the Island. There's the great deals you can get as a foot passenger from the links on this page, but if you've got a railcard then look check out what price you get by including Ryde, Cowes or Yarmouth as your end might be even cheaper!

Coaches direct to the Festival site with ZERO hassle

Get on a coach and come straight to us. It’s greener and hassle free. With 15 pick-up locations around the country visit the Big Green Coach website to find one nearest to you.

Get the best Car Ferry Prices by extending your stay

You can make the most of out of your trip to the Isle of Wight Festival and take in some of the great Isle of Wight scenery and attractions by turning your weekend into a mini holiday.  If you arrive before Thursday and leave after Monday you'll get a better price on the ferries too!  Best prices are only available by following our links to Wightlink and Red Funnel.

Be greener and split the ferry cost with a Liftshare

Don't forget if you've got space in your car or are looking for someone to buddy up with for the journey you can register with our Liftshare scheme. Share the costs. Travel Greener. Get a better car park space!

Shuttle buses to the Festival site

Ryde Esplande, East Cowes, West Cowes and Yarmouth are all serviced by the Southern Vectis shuttle bus service. Full details are on their website.


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