Travel To Ryde
Travelling to Ryde is easy from Portsmouth or Southsea, and even if you are travelling from Southampton or Lymington you can easily get to Ryde by using the local bus service or booking a taxi. If you are arriving by car you can experience the beauty of the islands landscape, or if you own a Yacht or Motor Boat Ryde has its very own harbour so why not sail over and make a weekend of it.
From Portsmouth you can jump on the Wightlink Fast Cat if you are a foot passenger or by Car Ferry if you are bringing a car and passengers to the Island. Wightlink also have a ferry terminal at Lymington which connects the western side of the Island at Yarmouth to the mainland.
For more information on the Wight Link services visit
From Southampton, the Red Funnel service has both a foot passenger route which docks at West Cowes, and a Car Ferry which docks at East Cowes. If you are coming as a foot passenger to West Cowes, the quickest travel route is usually by Southern Vectis bus which has a regular service from Cowes to Newport bus station you then change here and take the No.9 bus to Ryde. If you are coming by car via East Cowes, Ryde is a 7 minute drive from the terminal.
For more information on the Red Funnel services visit
Sandown Airport is located on the east side of the island and there are good road and public transport links. The airport has had three separate locations over the years and was originally established in 1929 as a simple grass field. The airfield operated as a general aviation field for many years and continues to be popular with visitors to the Isle of Wight but there are no longer any scheduled services from Sandown.
Isle of Wight Airport, Scotchells Brook Lane, PO36 9PJ
Tel: +44 01983 405125
Bembridge Airport is located on the Sandown road at Bembridge and is home to the Isle of Wight's only hard surfaced runway. There is a bus stop just outside the airport. Ryde is about 20 minutes from here by bus. Or book a taxi if you prefer.
For detailed information about Bembridge Airport visit
Ryde also boasts a bustling Harbour so if you own a yacht why not sail across the Solent and moor up.
For more information on Ryde Harbour visit
The unofficial website www.rydeharbour.co.uk - this site is full of really useful information for local yacht and boat owners
or the official website page at www.iwight.com/just_visiting/yachting/ryde_harbour.asp - this is the IW Councils single information page.
For travel around the island, there is a train service running between towns on the eastern side.
For more information on the local train service visit
For full island coverage, Southern Vectis is the local bus operator, with services running regularly from the terminal on Ryde Esplanade.
For more information on the Islands bus service visit