Travel - Getting to and around the Isle of Wight

Getting around the Island

There are quite a few transport options available on the Isle of Wight. This includes good road coverage, bus and train public transport services and at only approximately 25 miles by 13 there are excellent opportunities for cycling and walking.

Public Transport

Bus services on the Island are provided by Southern Vectis. Full information is available at www.islandbuses.info. There are over 20 standards routes serving the majority of the island as well as having good connections to the main ferry terminals.

Island Line Trains (part of the South West Trains group) operate a train service between Ryde Pier Head (connecting with the WightLink fastcat) and Shanklin. Full details can be found at www.southwesttrains.co.uk/island-line.aspx

Travel by Car

All major towns are connected by a network of A-roads. Typical travel times as an example from Newport, the central town on the Island are:

  • Newport - Sandown approx. 20 mins.
  • Newport - Ryde approx. 20 mins.
  • Newport - East Cowes approx. 15 mins.
  • Newport - Freshwater approx. 25 mins.

General advice would be to avoid the main towns during busy commuting times. Latest road works information is available here.

Cycling

There are many quiet countryside roads on the island making it very good for cycling. As well as the roads there is a considerable network of designated cycle  tracks, routes and miles of public bridleways for those who like off road cycling.

Current established cycle routes include Cowes to Newport, Sandown to Newport, Wotton to Newport and Yarmouth to Freshwater as well as a shorter route connecting Newport to the Mountbatten Centre. More details on the cycle routes can be found at www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/things-to-do/cycling

There is also a well sign posted 'Round the island' road route which can be easily followed by those wanting to cycle right round the Island.

Walking

The Isle of Wight has a wealth of footpaths and bridleways and is reputed to have more footpaths per square mile than any other English county - from a 60 mile coastal path, to easy circular routes, and short town trails - there are over 500 miles of well maintained paths on an island that measures 23 by 15 miles

The Coastal Path can be walked in four days at a leisurely pace. The coastline is varied from white chalk cliffs to quiet estuaries. Almost half of the coastline is designated "Heritage Coast", a definition applied only to coastlines of the highest quality and unspoilt nature.

Inland the chalk downloads are the home to many unique wild flowers and fauna, and the Island has some of the most picturesque villages in the country.

Good information on walking routes and activities can be found on the visit isle of wight website.