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School Group Ferries to the Isle of Wight

Education Destination works with all three cross-Solent ferry operators to offer you the maximum flexibility at a highly competitive rate. We can include the ferry crossing in your itinerary, help you incorporate it into your own, or simply leave it up to you to arrange!

Bringing a school trip to the Isle of Wight is just like heading overseas ... but without the associated hassle of passports, border control, currency exchange or language difficulties! For many students the Isle of Wight ferry crossing will be their first exciting experience of a boat ride and as such we like our groups to make the most of this time afloat.

For example, we have worked with Red Funnel Ferries to offer a wide range of teaching resources based on their Southampton - Isle of Wight ferry crossings, especially in Human & Physical Geography due to the incredible range of opportunities for teaching that you'll find along Southampton Water.

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Ferry routes to the Isle of Wight

Red Funnel Ferries

Our most popular options are the Red Funnel services from Southampton. A vehicle ferry crossing takes 1 hour and offers ample opportunities for on-board teaching from a selection of over 80 pre-prepared resources. Alternatively, a foot passenger high speed catamaran service takes around 25 minutes.

Mainland Port Service Minutes
Southampton Red Jet 25
Southampton Red Funnel 60


Fast, frequent services from Portsmouth and Lymington to the Isle of Wight. Wightlink vehicle crossings take 35-45 minutes and high speed passenger services to historic Ryde Pier from Portsmouth take around 25 minutes.

Mainland Port Service Minutes
Portsmouth Fastcat 25
Portsmouth Wightlink 45
Lymington Wightlink 35


Europe's only commercial hovercraft service provides regular "flights" between Southsea (Portsmouth) and Ryde throughout the day, taking just 12 minutes to cross the Solent.

This is a passenger-only service which has good onward connections to the Island Line railway through to Sandown and Shanklin areas.

Mainland Port Service Minutes
Southsea Hovertravel 12