Getting to the
Isle of Wight is very simple

All you need to do is get yourself 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. It couldn’t be easier!

For all your travel options and information, please see below.

Make sure you check with our travel partners for details of any special offers.

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

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 (35min crossing) and the other from Portsmouth to Fishbourne (40min 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.

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If you don’t want to bring your car, you can travel across the water as a foot passenger from one of the ferry terminals on the mainland.

Red Funnel

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.

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Wightlink

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.

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Hovertravel

Hovertravel operates a hovercraft service from Southsea to Ryde. A bus service is available in Ryde for transport to the Festival.

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Water taxis

Water taxis operate from the Red Funnel terminals at East and West Cowes directly into the Island Harbour Marina. There is a short walk from the Marina to the Campsite entrance. If you require further information on water taxis please go to the Red Funnel website.

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Rib transfers

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.

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Red Funnel are offering packages to both car and foot passengers, which allow you to buy your Festival ticket and ferry crossing together.

Hovertravel are offering packages to foot passengers which allow you to buy your Festival ticket and ferry crossing together.

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Big Green Coach are offering packages to customers where you can buy your Festival ticket, coach travel and ferry crossing all together.

Big Green Coach

We are happy to partner with Festicket once again this year. They provide a range of hassle free packages which include your Festival ticket, travel and on or offsite accommodation.

Festicket Packages

We have teamed up with Big Green Coach Company who are offering return coach and ferry packages, making it really easy to get to the Festival. If you haven't already done so, you can buy your Festival ticket with them as part of your package.

Simply jump on board one of their executive coaches from one of their 13 mainland terminals and they will deliver you direct to the Festival site. As the coach travels on the ferry with you, the only time you need to get off is to find the bar!

Picking up from:

  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London (Croydon)
  • London (Richmond Upon Thames)
  • London (Victoria)
  • Manchester
  • Nottingham
  • Oxford
  • Sheffield

If you wish to book any of these travel packages, please click on the link below

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By car

If you’re travelling by car, follow the signs to the Festival car parks from the ferry terminal.

By bus

There are bus stations at all ferry terminals with the exception of Fishbourne.

A good service runs from all ferry terminals to the Festival site. For timetable information visit:

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By taxi

There are taxi ranks at all ferry ports except for Fishbourne.