Isle of Wight Transportation

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Isle of Wight Transportation

  • Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1920-1945

    Air ServicesIn 1928, Oliver Simmonds started his own company in Weston, Southampton. He had worked for Southampton's Supermarine company, most famous for building the Spitfire. Oliver Simmonds company was known as Spartan, and built club planes and air taxis. Building the planes had been sub-contracted to Saunders-Roe, and soon Saunders-Roe had a...

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  • Fast nippy cat

    Catch a train to Portesmouth Harbour from London Waterloo, & you can reach the fast Cat service. There's a cafe & toilets at the terminal, also a reception for enquries. On board you can feel the boat swaying upon the water, but it's nothing to worry about. two TV screens @ the front tell you about life jacket procedures which you will find infront...

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  • Take the Ferry

    The Red Funnel Ferry is a blast in warm sunny weather !! It leaves the waterfront in Southampton. If you are lucky, you'll see the QE II when in port for repairs. This is the harbor where the Titanic sailed.Not recommended in winter.

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  • Southern Vectis - The Island's bus...

    Vectis is the name the Romans gave to the Isle of Wight, and despite the name "Southern Vectis" it does cover the whole Island. Southern Vectis has been running for around 70 years and has some of the old models to prove it. The company is cheap and very relaible. There are services which cover tourist areas, and double decker orange buses which go...

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  • A quirky little train.

    Getting off the FastCat at Ryde Pierhead (see seperate tip for FastCat information), I could have been forgiven for thinking that I had mysteriously been transported back to London and considerably back in time. Almost the first thing I saw was a two carriage electric train that looked for all the world like a small, old version of a London Tube...

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  • Catch the bus (when it arrives!)

    A cheap way of getting round is by bus. Southern Vectis are the company and they run services to all the main centres on the island. I have to report, in the two days I was there, I found the buses to be considerably less than punctual, although they are clean and the drivers seem friendly. It wasn't too much of a problem for me as I was just...

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  • A very fast cat.

    The FastCat service of Wightlink are comfortable catamaran vessels which ply the Portsmouth Harbour to Ryde Pierhead route in a brief 18 minutes. The vessels are clean and well-maintained and run from 0415 in the morning weekdays (0615 Sundays) until 2315 weekdays with the last one returning to Portsmouth at 2315 (2345 Sundays).Bicycles are...

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  • Hover Travel

    Probably the only remaining hovercrafts still running in Europe run from Southsea to Ryde.Hovercraft takes 10 minutes to cross,small video of them on their web page.Click for TIMETABLESHERE for maps of the ferry terminals.

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  • WightLink Ferries.

    3 different ways to reach the island.Portsmouth to Fishbourne DETAILS cars and passengers,40 minutes.Portsmouth to Ryde DETAILS passengers only,18 minutes.Lymington to Yarmouth DETAILS cars and passengers,30 minutes.Timetables on a PDF download but to check quickly try HEREPortsmouth MAPLymington MAPFishbourne and Ryde MAPYarmouth MAPParking prices...

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  • Red Funnel Ferries.

    2 ways to get to the island from Southampton.Slower ferry which takes both passengers and vehicles takes 55 minutes,goes to E.Cowes.Faster ferry takes just passengers takes 22 minutes,goes to W.Cowes.

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  • Southern Vectis Buses.

    Nice web site telling you everything you want to know on how to get around the island.Web page at bottom will give you an interactive map.Four special open top HOP ON HOP OFF bus tours are also run in differing areas of the island.ROUTES AND TIMESFARES

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  • Lymington to Yarmouth ferry

    My picture shows the ferry coming into Yarmouth. Lymington and Yarmouth (the towns 'at either end') are very picturesque, and, for that reason, this is a recommended route. Ferries run every half-hour (ish) through the day and there are less frequent sailings through the night. For prices and timetables, see the website given below. On less busy...

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  • By ferry

    There are several car/passenger ferries from the mainland to Isle of Wight. We went with Wightlink and booked through the internet. They sail between Lymington - Yarmouth and Portsmouth - Fishbourne. It takes about 30 minutes to cross the Solent.Redfunnel ferries sail between Southhampton and Cowes.

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  • Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1920-1945

    The first one after the war was the Kittiwake amphibian flying boat. It was a twin-engined craft capable of carrying up to seven passengers. In 1921, Vickers Ltd. gained a share in the company, and soon Saunders built the Valentia flying boat, based on Vicker's Vimy landplane bomber. By 1923, three Valentias had been built, and Vickers no longer...

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  • Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1920-1945

    The Second World WarDuring the Second World war, all private projects of Saunders-Roe ceased so that they could concentrate on the war effort. For this reason, Saunders-Roe spent the war years concentrating on building Supermarine aircraft under contract, namely the Supermarine Walrus3 and the Supermarine Sea Otter, as Supermarine were busy...

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  • Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1920-1945

    In 1929 Saunders-Roe designed three similar types of Flying Boat, the Cutty Sark, Cloud, and Windhover. All three were monoplane flying boats, and 35 were built. Seventeen Clouds entered service with the RAF, as did a Cutty Sark. One of the Windhovers set a flight endurance record of 54 hours and 13 minutes, flown by Mrs Bruce. The next project was...

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  • Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1920-1945

    At this time, there were four active airports on the Island, at Somerton (Cowes), Ryde, Sandown and Bembridge. Ryde was the busiest airport, which since 1932 had offered "Sunshine Air Express" services. Bembridge was the Island base for "Channel Air Ferries Limited", which offered services to the Channel Islands and Le Bourget, France. Sandown...

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  • Aircraft of the Isle of Wight: 1920-1945

    In the years since the first aircraft landed on the Isle of Wight, two Isle of Wight boat-building companies on the Island had started to make aircraft of their own. The first was J. Samuel White & Company, known as White's, which had so far specialised in seaplanes, and the other was Saunders, which so far had only built flying-boat hulls for...

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  • Getting to the Island

    Getting ThereEven the journey to the Island is enjoyable. Good motorway networks ensure a fast and smooth drive to the ferry ports of Portsmouth, Lymington, Southampton and Southsea. Alternatively, rail connections from London take less than an hour and a half. Then the sea crossing to the Island, a choice of hovercraft, catamaran or car ferry,...

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  • Steaming along the island

    This is a really nice way to travel the island from Wooton to Smallbrook Junction. Alight from the train & you go up a ramp where a train is usually waiting. Wheelchairs & pushchairs usually go into a cattle-like carriage, there's usually a bench & staff are nearbye to ask questions.The carriages themselves have springy seats & you are reminded of...

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  • Old London Underground Travel, round the...

    One of the nicest ways to travel round part of the Isle of Weight is on an old London underground train. These trains were coloured red, & ran right throughout the dangers of the Blitz. They were saved & put on the island where they now run.It still feels like travelling on the Baker Street line or Greenham Common, it can also (like London) get...

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  • Wightlink

    Another Ferry which operates 3 routes to the Island is Wightlink. Departing from Lymington in Dorset to Yarmouth on the north west coast to & also Portsmouth in Hampshire to Ryde & Fishbourne on the North West coast of the Island. The trip is much shorter approximately half the time of Red Funnel, but they are more expensive.

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  • The Floating Bridge

    There has been a chain ferry in operation here since 1859, to link East Cowes and West Cowes over the River Medina. The ferry (called the Floating Bridge)is in constant operation from 0500 to 0020 daily. Costs are presently £1.30 for a car I am not sure what it is for a pedestrian, I imagine in the region of 50pence.

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  • Red Funnel

    We caught the Red Funnel car ferry from Southampton to Cowes, its a 55 minute journey crusing along the Solent. The ship is ok...... not up to the standards of Brittany Ferries, but then you are only on it for a short time.Returns start from £27.00 for a day return to £44.00 for a 5 day return. There is also a faster passenger ferry Red Funnel...

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  • Getting to the Isle of Wight

    We went via the Ferry from Portsmouth but there are other ways of getting there. Look at the URL's below for more info.Hovertravelwww.hovertravel.co.uk01983 811000This goes between Portsmouth and Ryde. Passengers onlyRed Funnelwww.Redfunnel.co.uk0870 444 8898This goes between Southampton and East Cowes. Passengers and...

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  • Wightlink ferries

    Another ferry company to the Isle of Weight, has been operating ferry services for over 160 years; no wonder all the crew look worn out. Since 1796 ferries have been running across the Solent, initially, steam ferries ran a circular way around Lymington, Yarmouth, Cowes, Ryde & Portsmouth. These boats also have little shops & café’s on board, the...

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  • Red Funnel

    Depending on where you are coming from, Red Funnel ferries run from Southampton to West & East Cowes. Red Jet Hi-Speed passenger catamarans are another way of getting to the island, but they don’t carry vehicles like the bigger ferries will. They are a bit faster then the red Funnel car ferries, but last time I heard was that almost everyone on...

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  • Ferry

    To get to the UK we took the ferry from Hamburg to Harwich, but you can also take the plane, the train or nowadays use the Tunnel.From Portsmouth we took the ferry over to the Isle of Wight and were quite satisfied with having our car with us (although it broke down halfway through the vacation!!! - another thrill!!) It was a little difficult...

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  • Red Funnel

    The quickest (and the only?) way to reach the island is via the ferry Red Funnel. They operate on frequent basis between Portsmouth/Southhampton and Cowes. The fare in year 2000 was 10.5 pounds for a round trip ticket from Southampton. As far as I remember, the ports in Cowes for departure and arrival are far apart. Red Funnel can carry your cars...

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  • Local Transportation

    There are nearly 500 miles of road, making it easy to reach all parts of the Island by car. For foot passengers, Island Line trains and Southern Vectis buses provide an Island-wide network of routes. Frequent bus services run to places of interest and there are coach tours from most resorts. Trains operate in conjunction with most sailings to Ryde,...

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  • Isle of Wight Transportation

    The Island can be reached by any of 3 car ferry routes (Portsmouth – Fishbourne, Lymington - Yarmouth, Southampton - Cowes), a passenger only catamaran (Portsmouth - Ryde), or passenger only hovercraft (Southsea - Ryde).Ferries from Portsmouth to Fishbourne run every 30 min. during daytime, once an hour after 8 PM. Standard Return 90 days...

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