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Introducing the Island Line

Island Line, operating under South West Trains, is the train network that connects the towns and villages of the Isle of Wight. From Ryde to Shanklin, the train line runs twice per hour both peak and off-peak, causing passengers little confusion of when to catch their train.

Island Line timetables, ticket prices, and travel information, plus more on IOW destinations, steam railway trips and access to Portsmouth Harbour.

Peak Hour

Peak Hours

There are no peak hours on this service.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Customer relations: 0345 6000 650

Twitter Customer Help: @SW_Help

Cycle Policy

Cycle Policy

There are no restrictions on bicycles.



Island Line trains and stations do not have WiFi available.

First Class

First Class

There are no First Class services on the Island Line.

Lost Property

Lost Property

Complete an online form on the South Western Railway site for more assistance.

Things to do on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a popular day trip and weekend getaway within the UK, especially for those living on the south coast. The IOW is famous for its shoreline and history. Carisbrooke Castle stands above the Newport skyline and is the must see attraction of the island. An English Heritage site, it was where Charles I was imprisoned before his death, and it has become a must-see spot for those looking to visit the Isle of Wight. As well as the Island Line, the Isle of Wight has a number of steam railway line routes across the island, allowing passengers to take in the scenery at a more relaxing pace.

While on the Isle of Wight, also make sure to check out Cowes Marina, home of several famous sailing regattas’s, with a huge marina of stunning yachts on display. Finally, Blackgang Chine, Britain’s oldest amusement park, can be found at the bottom of the island, and just a short ride from Shanklin.

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About the Island Line

For those looking to reach Portsmouth and beyond on other train networks, HoverTravel is the fast way with its interconnecting HoverBus to Portsmouth & Southsea station. With a journey time of just 10 minutes over the Solent, it is the fastest way to travel to and from the island, as well as the most unique! Alternatively, you can use the ferry from Ryde Pier, taking you directly to Portsmouth Harbour, making it a popular choice should you be travelling by car.

If you want to take a ride along the steam railway network on the IOW, then stop off at Smallbrook station. Island Line trains only stop here when the steam engines are running, so don’t miss your chance to see some of the Island’s best scenery as you travel on the steam-powered line. One thing that will surprise you immediately on the rail line are the trains themselves, the oldest on the entire national rail network. Using 1938 London Underground stock, you can step back in time and get a small glimpse of what train travel was like in the capital city, before modernisation took over the network.

About the Island Line Stations

The Island Line calls at 8 stations along the east coast of the IOW. When travelling to Ryde Pier Head, there are ferries and catamarans that can continue your journey onwards from Portsmouth Harbour onto as far as London Waterloo, as part of the South West Trains network. Island train ticket prices can include transport to Portsmouth Harbour, and still be included in any Network Railcard.


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