Isle of Wight Festival travel information, booking details and cheapest itineraries from Portsmouth and Southampton


The past two weeks have been a dream for fans of live music in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Residents were able to enjoy a whole range of events after being deprived of live music during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

CarFest took place near Basingstoke and thousands of music lovers gathered at the Victorious Festival in Southsea to witness a whole host of acts.

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However, live music in the region isn’t about to end anytime soon with the 2021 Isle of Wight Festival being delayed in just under two weeks.

Held September 16-19 at Seaclose Park on the Isle of Wight, the event will see Liam Gallagher, Duran Duran and Scouting for Girls take the stage.

Some tickets are still available for purchase for the event, but one thing attendees may not have had a chance to watch yet is the travel.

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For regulars of the event, this may not be a problem at all. But for those who are participating for the first time, finding the best, easiest, or cheapest route can be difficult.

Well, for those traveling from Hampshire to the festival, you need to board a ferry from one of the four main ferry ports.

These are in Southampton, Portsmouth, Lymington or Southsea.

For those traveling from further afield, all ferry ports are served by good rail or road links.

According to the Isle of Wight Festival website, Red Funnel offers the cheapest crossing. From Southampton, their high-speed ferry or high-speed ferry costs just £ 11 round trip on a trip between 16 and 20 September.

If you are arriving by train in Southampton, there is a free Quay connect bus to the ferry terminal which you can board upon presentation of a valid ferry travel reservation.

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A Wightlink return from Portsmouth or Lymington costs £ 16 (£ 13 for students) with a one-day return also available for just £ 10.

You can of course travel by hovercraft from Southsea, which only takes ten minutes.

Alternatively, the Big Green Coach bus company takes people from 15 locations across the country, although seats sell out quickly.

There is also a shuttle service that leaves from several places to help you get to the Festival site. Tickets start at £ 7.20 one way and you can save money by booking in advance.

Drivers can park on site and advance reservations are recommended.

For more information on the Isle of Wight Festival Travel, click here.

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