Having reached another island I’m going to walk around that too. The Isle of Wight is in fact the largest English island both in terms of size and population. As a result, it is easy to get to with many different ferry routes, with the most frequent running up to every 15 minutes and taking only 10 minutes. The table below shows the different routes. Note that the routes are not cheap (especially if taking a car) and has a reputation as being the most expensive crossing per mile in the world (though I cannot find reliable source to confirm that).
Edit: Well that will teach me to try and be clever and include a table won’t it? It looks to be unreadable 😦
|Mainland Port||Island Port||Type||Vessel||Operator||Approximate frequency||Journey time||Day Return Fare (Foot passenger)|
|Lymington||Yarmouth||Car and Passenger||Ro-Ro ferry||Wightlink||Hourly||40 minutes||£14.60|
|Southampton||West Cowes||Passenger only||Catamaran (Red Jet)||Red Funnel||Every 30 minutes peak times, hourly off peak||25 minutes||£24.10 (some off peak discounts available)|
|Southampton||East Cowes||Passenger and Car||Ro-Ro ferry||Red Funnel||Hourly||1 hour||£16.80|
|Portsmouth||Fishbourne||Passenger and Car||Ro-Ro ferry||Wightlink||Every 30 minutes||45 minutes||£14.60|
|Portsmouth||Ryde Pier Head||Passenger||Catamaran||Wightlink||Every 30 minutes peak times, hourly off peak||22 minutes||£18.40|
|Southsea (Portsmouth)||Ryde||Passenger||Hovercraft||Hovertravel||Every 15 minutes peak times, Every 30 minutes off peak||10 minutes||£21|
My top tip is that if travelling by train you can purchase a through rail ticket to the Isle of Wight on all of these routes. If you are travelling by train this is always cheaper than paying for tickets separately. In addition if you have a railcard and are travelling at a time when it is valid, it is almost always cheaper to buy a train ticket from a station near to one of the ferry ports to the island, even if you only use the ticket on the ferry and don’t use the rail portion of the journey at all!