Christmas travel times for buses, ferries and trains (Image: Isle of Wight County Press.)
During the Christmas and New Year period changes will be made to the ferry service from the Isle of Wight, the Cowes to East Cowes floating bridge, as well as bus and train times.
Here’s what to expect as you try to get around the island over the next few weeks.
Note that some services are subject to change based on weather and other factors.
Southern Vectis buses
Expect the following service from Southern Vectis:
christmas eve – Saturday timetable, but NO night buses.
Christmas Day – CLICK HERE for today’s limited services
Second day of Christmas – Normal Sunday timetable
27 December – Normal Sunday schedule
December 28 – Normal schedule
December 29 – Normal schedule
30 December – Normal schedule
New Year’s Eve – Saturday timetable WITH night buses.
New Year – Normal Sunday timetable
January 2 – Normal Sunday schedule
January 3 – Normal timetable
Floating Bridge from Cowes to East Cowes
Services are subject to change based on weather and other factors, but the chain ferry is expected to run:
christmas eve – 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on Christmas morning
Christmas Day – 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. No service between 4pm and 6pm.
Second day of Christmas – 7am to 12.30am on December 27th.
December 27 – 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on December 28.
December 28 – 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on December 29.
December 29 – 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on December 30.
December 30 – 5:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on December 31.
New Year’s Eve – 5:00 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on January 1st. Last sailing from East Cowes at 1:10am and last sailing from Cowes at 1:20am.
New Year – 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. on January 2nd.
January 2nd – 5am to 12.30am on January 3rd.
January 3rd – 5am to 12.30am on January 4th.
Isle of Wight ferry crossing over Christmas and New Year
CLICK HERE for Red Funnel’s Christmas and New Year timetable on its route between East Cowes and Southampton. There is NO service on Christmas Day and limited departures on some other days.
CLICK HERE for Red Jet’s Christmas and New Year timetable between Cowes and Southampton. There is NO service on Christmas Day and limited departures on some other days.
CLICK HERE for Wightlink’s Christmas and New Year timetables on its Portsmouth to Fishbourne, Ryde to Portsmouth and Lymington to Yarmouth routes. There is NO service on Christmas Day and limited departures on some other days.
CLICK HERE for Hovertravel’s Christmas and New Year’s timetable between Southsea and Ryde. There is NO service on Christmas and Boxing Day.
Island Line trains
By Pamela Parker.
Service details are finalized.