GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL
Please check out all of our ticket and travel options as they can be purchased together.
If you haven't already done so, you'll need to book your ferry crossing to the island ASAP
via one of the following operators:
Wightlink - www.wightlink.co.uk Tel: 0871 376 1000
Red Funnel - www.redfunnel.co.uk Tel: 0844 844 9988
Hovertravel - www.hovertravel.com Tel: 01983 811000
Wightlink offers a choice of three routes across the Solent, with sailings every half hour at peak times. Take the foot passenger catamaran service from Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pier in less than 20 minutes or travel by car on the Lymington to Yarmouth route (approx 35 minutes) or Portsmouth to Fishbourne route (approx 40 minutes). The Festival site is signposted from all terminals and every service has connecting shuttle buses to the Festival.
Red Funnel's passenger/vehicle ferries operate between Southampton and East Cowes, a short signposted drive to and from the Festival site. The Red Jet Hi-Speed foot passenger service runs every 30 minutes throughout the day from Southampton to West Cowes in approx 23 minutes. Both services connect to a free bus service from Southampton Central Rail Station and with shuttle buses on the Isle of Wight for foot passengers travelling to the Festival.
For day ticket holders going to the Festival, please be aware of the following final sailing times back to Southampton.
Vehicle Ferry (East Cowes)
Red Jet (West Cowes)
23:45pm & 01:30am - next sailing 05:45am
00:15am & 01:15am - next sailing 06:45am
01:30am & 02:30am - next sailing 07:15am
00:15am & 01:35am - next sailing 07:15am
00:30am & 01:15am - next sailing 04:30am
23:15pm & 00:35am - next sailing 06:15am
Please note: Customers travelling with a vehicle are requested to arrive at least 30 minutes and not more than 60 minutes prior to their booked sailing time.
For more info please visit www.redfunnel.co.uk
Hovertravel The foot passenger Hovercraft departs from Southsea seafront and takes you to Ryde seafront in less than 10 minutes. The Hovercraft takes you right up to the beach where you can meet up with the Festival shuttle buses to take you directly to the Festival. If you are intending to make the crossing to the island via the Hovercraft, you are advised to leave the train at the Portsmouth and Southsea station and then follow the signs to the connecting Hoverbus shuttle service, which will take you to the Hovercraft terminal for £1.30 per person (or for train tickets with the destination of 'Ryde Hoverport' the Hoverbus is free!)
- ALTERNATIVE CROSS SOLENT TRAVEL
Urban Truant offer transportation direct to the festival site via its fleet of Rigid Inflatable speed boats (RIB's) from only £30 p.p. The service, which departs from Hamble, Southampton and Portsmouth, delivers you direct to Island Harbour Marina, just a five minute walk from the festival entrance. Controlled parking is available throughout the duration of the festival on the mainland. To find out further details on how to avoid the queues and enjoy an exhilarating ride to this year's festival, visit: www.iowribtransfer.co.uk
- RIVER SHUTTLES
River Shuttle Service which operates from the Town Quay Cowes (Red Jet Terminal) and Grid Iron at East Cowes (Car Ferry Terminal) to Island Harbour (850 yards from the campsite entrance). The journey by water takes just 20 minutes and return tickets are available from Red Funnel website: www.redfunnel.co.uk
- BIG GREEN COACH COMPANY
Direct return coach & ferry travel packages EXCLUSIVELY with Big Green Coach - the Music Travel Company.
Simply jump on board one of their executive coaches 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 on the ferry! The coach then will travel to the festival site itself. All coaches arrive on the Thursday (London Victoria has an additional Friday service) and all return home on the Monday.
Picking up from:
- London (Croydon)
- London (Richmond upon Thames)
- London (Victoria)
No need to worry about driving, parking, queuing for shuttle buses, queuing for ferries, or carry your heavy bags unnecessarily! Sit back and relax and let Big Green Coach take the hassle out of your travel to the Isle of Wight Festival.
Travelling with Big Green Coach helps the environment too as for every single customer who travels with Big Green Coach to the Isle of Wight Festival 2013; Big Green Coach will sponsor and protect five square foot of Amazonian Rainforest for the next 10 years! Feels good doesn't it?
Visit our website to guarantee your seat. Be quick though as limited availability.
- Lift Sharing & Priority Parking
If you are car-sharing to the Isle of Wight Festival you will be able to park in one of the priority car parks which are closer to the festival (meaning less of a walk to the campsites).
If you share your car you can also share the parking cost, one parking ticket required per car.
Isle of Wight Festival carshare - linking passengers and drivers to car-share and split the travel costs. If you need a lift - or if you have space in your car - try our website. It's really quick to register and you can do it through Facebook!
When a few of you drive together, you each split your travel costs (giving you more festi spending money!) - plus you help the environment.
Register for your priority parking permit in 4 easy steps:
- Go to our website and register yourself and your journey
- Search for matches and make contact with potential matches
- Once your car-share is arranged give feedback on the contacts section to state that you are sharing
- Download the priority parking permit from the homepage of your car-share account
Display the permit in your windscreen on arrival to the festival and priority car-parks. There are 2 priority carparks. The first is locatedÂ at the front of Car Park Red 2 (Red Funnel traffic) which is situated closest to the campsite entrance gates. You enter this car park from the public road network via Gate Red 2 on East Cowes Road.
The second priority carpark is located at the front left hand side of Car Park White 1 which is the closest area to the pedestrian exit towards the campsite. You enter this from the public road network by entering via Gate White 1 from Whippingham Road. All will be clearly signposted.
Use our quick search widget to see if there's a car share waiting for you already:
- Local Travel
If you live on the island or are staying locally please avoid driving to the Festival. Arrange a lift, taxi, or walk if you live nearby.
- SOUTHERN VECTIS BUS SERVICE
Normal routes will operate as usual, with the exception of routes 5,9 and 25 leaving Newport, which will not pass the Festival site due to the one way traffic system in place. The Newport Shuttle service connects Newport Bus Station (opposite Morrisons & M&S) to the Festival Bus Station.
The shuttle service will operate Thursday to Sunday and costs £3.50 for a single and £2 for under 19s.
Festival buses run to all island towns and villages from the Festival Bus Station from the end of the last main stage act until 2am with a flat fare of £6 single. Under 19s pay half price - proof of age may be required.
All Festival shuttle buses arrive at and depart from our own bus station on the Campsite. If you are not camping you can still arrive at and depart from here.
Keep up to date with the latest bus news by visiting www.islandbuses.info
- SOUTH WEST TRAINS
South West Trains operate services to Portsmouth Harbour, where you will be metres away from the Wightlink catamaran service, and to Southampton Central, where a free bus will take you the short journey to Red Funnel's Red Jet and passenger/vehicle service. Virgin Cross-Country services from the Midlands also call at Southampton Central.