Booking ferry crossings to Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight lies just a few miles off the coast of Hampshire, England, but it feels like a different world. This quaint and pretty island has been a popular resort since Victorian times. The island is the home of the classic seaside holiday and a place to go to re-live your childhood memories of buckets and spades, candy floss, crazy golf and fish and chips. The island is becoming very popular with a younger crowd these days, the Isle of Wight music festival in June being a huge attraction.

The Isle of Wight's main draw is its mild climate and attractive scenery. As well as the miles and miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches, visitors can enjoy a variety of watersports, including sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and diving. For those who prefer to keep to dry land, there are numerous walking routes, bridle paths and cycle paths. You won't be short of ways to enjoy the great outdoors which in the Isle of Wight.

It's easy to get to the island from the mainland, due to the huge number of ferry crossings per day to the Isle of Wight. You can choose between passenger hovercraft, regular ferry and fast ferry. Bringing your car with you is the more expensive option, as passenger-only tickets are considerably cheaper. However, you may find your own mode of transport useful to get to more remote parts of the island, though it's not strictly necessary. Another option is to take your bicycle with you.

From Southampton, the journey is 55 minutes by regular ferry or 30 minutes with the fast ferry. If you're coming from Portsmouth, the journey is only 45 minutes by ferry, or 15 minutes by fast ferry. The ferry from Limington takes only 35 minutes. You can take the hovercraft from Southsea, near Portsmouth, which only takes 10 minutes. The major operators are Wightlink, Red Funnel and Hovertravel. Check out their websites for deals on ferry crossings to the Isle of Wight.

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