Car free island holiday

Go car free for your holiday to Buddle Place.  There are quicker and cheaper alternatives to the car ferry: catamaran services from Southampton to Cowes or Portsmouth to Ryde and the world’s only scheduled hovercraft service, running from Southsea to Ryde. Once here, get around the island by foot, bike, bus or train.
Cycle hire:

There are many cycle hire shops on the island including these based at the arrival ports:
Cowes: Twoelements
Ryde: Tavcycles
Yarmouth: Wightcyclehire


Southern Vectis run the Isle of Wight public bus service and offer a Freedom Ticket for 7 days or more unlimited travel. Southern Vectis


The Isle of Wight has lost most of its train network but one route still remains. A few steps from the catamaran landing point on Ryde pier is the pier station where you can board the oldest trains currently running in the UK: eighty one year old ex-London underground trains that will give you a fun and rocky ride through the countryside to Shanklin. Once there, hire a bike from Routefifty7 or catch a bus to continue your journey.

Train tickets can be booked from any mainland station through to any island arrival point including the sea crossing or on to Shanklin station.

See lots more information about going car free on the island at

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