Getting to the Isle of Wight Ukulele Festival
There are a number of options for getting to the Isle of Wight with ferry crossings from Portsmouth, Southampton and Lymington. Excellent train and coach connections exist to each of these ferry ports from all over the UK. Ferry crossings operate into five island towns: Ryde, Cowes, East Cowes, Fishbourne and Yarmouth. The festival will take place in Newport, the county town of the island, and bus links operate from each of the ferry terminals to the town. The nearest ferry terminals to Newport are Cowes and East Cowes.
Ferries to the island
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Many hotels, guest houses, etc. on the island have arrangements with the ferry companies for cheaper fares.
So it pays to book accommodation before arranging ferry tickets.
Here is a quick resume of the ferry options for getting to the island together with links to the relevant ferry companies:
Southampton - East Cowes (vehicle)
Southampton - Cowes (West) (foot passengers only)
Lymington - Yarmouth (vehicle)
Portsmouth - Fishbourne (vehicle)
Portsmouth - Ryde (foot passengers only)
Southsea (Portsmouth) - Ryde (foot passengers only)
Travel on the island
The island's bus service is operated by Southern Vectis. Follow the link below for information regarding Southern Vectis services.
Newport, where the ukulele festival is to be held, is a short bus ride from Cowes (West) and also it is easy to get from East Cowes to Cowes (West) via the floating bridge. So travel from the ferry terminals at Cowes (West) and East Cowes to Newport is quite simple - and fun!
There are also bus routes from the island ferry terminals at East Cowes, Ryde and Yarmouth to Newport.
(Note: You will often see signs on the island to 'Cowes'. This usually means West Cowes. Signs to East Cowes usually explicitly state 'East Cowes'. Geddit?)