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Isle of Wight From Portsmouth : Ferry or Hovercraft?

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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
hovercraft is faster
#2
if your taking the kids and they have never been before go by ferry for the experience if not hovercraft definitely faster or do ferry one way and hovercraft the other!!! hope the weathers good for you! love julie xxxx
#3
Hovercraft is faster and cheaper, but only runs something like working hours if i remember correctly, fast cat is reliable (ie doesn't generally stop running unless weather is really bad) but again only runs until about midnight, red jet to cowes the same, and you have the option of two ferries, one two cowes and one to fishbourne that run through the night, as foot passengers not too expensive but for a car about £50 return. HTH
#4
the porter
Has any 1 been to the park resort at isle of wight shanklin any good ?


It featured on a television programme recently where the 'big bosses' went in as 'workers' and was given excellent reviews, the staff won some kind of holiday or something for their commitment and the overall resort running and cleanliness of the resort.
#5
the porter
Has any 1 been to the park resort at isle of wight shanklin any good ?


Going to IOW end of September courtesy of the sun.. guess same thing for you :thumbsup:
#6
neither - swim :)
#7
If someone has a code for wightlink let me know as well!
#8
siliconbits
If someone has a code for wightlink let me know as well!


they never do codes :? you can get special offers on their website but they are under investigation by the oft at present for being the most expensive travel per mile in Europe apparently
#10
you can use your tesco clubcard vouchers to pay for wightlink only thing is you have to prebook at least 10 days before you travel!!! so if it is a spare of the moment thing and you want to go on a sunny day youre stuffed!!! hope this helps love julie xxxx
#11
Hire a helicopter and land on the Needles lighthouse ;)
#12
lol emasu you have something with helicopters dont you lol, first in bg1's thread now in siliconbits thread lol
#13
danny09
lol emasu you have something with helicopters dont you lol, first in bg1's thread now in siliconbits thread lol


emasu = emergency air support unit

Air ambulance. dont know if he actually has anything to do with it tho.
#14
Sheep87
emasu = emergency air support unit

Air ambulance. dont know if he actually has anything to do with it tho.


oh fair enough lol
#15
Also you have to think what youre doing with your car. To get the hovercraft you'll have to leave your car over at Southsea seafront or somewhere close - to which parking is either charged at a silly rate or permit holders only. If you are taking your car then obviously youll have to use the ferry and not the hovercraft. If you are getting into Pompey by the train and travelling to the method of your choice then the ferry/CAT is in walking distance with suitcases, the hovercraft is about a mile walk from the train station. TBH the hovercraft is quick but also works out much more expensive if i remember righly. The ferry is good coz you get time to see the sites of Pompey harbour and surrounding areas, its much more relaxed and has cafe's and other stuff. The windows on the hovercraft dont show **** with all the spray.

I have always used the ferry, sometimes the CAT, but mostly the ferry coz of the car. The other thing about the hovercraft and CAT is that they dock in Ryde, the car ferry in Fishbourne. If youre on foot Fishbourne is pretty much in the middle of nowhere so taxi or bus to destination.

PS if you need some recommendations as to where to go on the island we regularly take our kids there every year.
#16
juliesbargains
you can use your tesco clubcard vouchers to pay for wightlink only thing is you have to prebook at least 10 days before you travel!!! so if it is a spare of the moment thing and you want to go on a sunny day youre stuffed!!! hope this helps love julie xxxx



Ooh I didn't know this. I've never been on a hovercraft or cat, and I've never been to the Isle of Wight despite living in the south of England. I haven't lived!
#17
Squelds
Also you have to think what youre doing with your car. To get the hovercraft you'll have to leave your car over at Southsea seafront or somewhere close - to which parking is either charged at a silly rate or permit holders only. If you are taking your car then obviously youll have to use the ferry and not the hovercraft. If you are getting into Pompey by the train and travelling to the method of your choice then the ferry/CAT is in walking distance with suitcases, the hovercraft is about a mile walk from the train station. TBH the hovercraft is quick but also works out much more expensive if i remember righly. The ferry is good coz you get time to see the sites of Pompey harbour and surrounding areas, its much more relaxed and has cafe's and other stuff. The windows on the hovercraft dont show **** with all the spray.

I have always used the ferry, sometimes the CAT, but mostly the ferry coz of the car. The other thing about the hovercraft and CAT is that they dock in Ryde, the car ferry in Fishbourne. If youre on foot Fishbourne is pretty much in the middle of nowhere so taxi or bus to destination.

PS if you need some recommendations as to where to go on the island we regularly take our kids there every year.


Thanks mate. I am coming by train and won't have any car. Based on your comments, I think that the Ferry is the best way to go there. Are there any ferries apart from Wghtlink or do they have a monopoly?
#18
There is the Red Funnel ferry but that goes from the Southampton side. It is cheaper than Wightlink but maybe a pain to get to coz i dont know much about that side of the area (being Pompey i dont really want to either its a pit lol).

Train its easier to go by Fastcat coz the docking for the Cat is in the train station - and its a far quicker journey. Off the train straight onto the cat - ferry is roughly ten mins walk, hovercraft too far if lots of luggage. Once you get off the cat there is a train station on the Ryde side of the IOW. Easy access to most place and theres a bus terminal. If you used the car ferry, which does take foot passengers, then Fishbourne side youd be stuck with getting a taxi into Ryde and then onwards from there.
#19
I'm also looking to do a trip to the isle ... I have 2 options it seems.

A) Take the bus near our doorstop (No idea of price from us .. Waterlooville/Horndean to S.Sea) then Hovercraft to isle .. cost would be for 3 x adults, 2 x 0-3 yr old, 2 x 4-11 yr old

B) Drive down, find parking or catch some kind of car over ferry deal ... heard on wave105 a few times for £49 but have not been able to navigate their site well enough to find it. (Really needs a redesign and look at tbh)

Any suggestions?

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