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Getting here

There are plenty of ways to get to our lovely Island. Below are a series of suggested links to follow to find out about trains (ferries), planes (we have very small ones) and automobiles (on the ferry). 

At Somerton Lodge we are always working towards our green star status. That means we are supporting the use of sustainable transport for travel. Before considering your car take a look at the other ways you can get to Shanklin.

For those of you who know how to use QR codes this one links to our local bus company and all their offers including timetables. They do some fantastic day tickets for groups and individuals.

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Coming by bike then we have safe storage and plenty of tools. Check out our activities page to view downloadable maps, walking routes and ideas that will make your sustainable visit a real treat. 

Bringing a car?
Then click on one of the ferry companies below to book your travel. If you've made a booking with us, then great news! Email us and we can give you a 15% discount code for Red Funnel and Wightlink before you book your ferry. Wightlink codes apply to foot passengers as well. Codes can only be used once.
Red Funnel ferries set sail from Southampton. Email us for your code.

Codes can only be issued in conjunction with accommodation booked through us. Codes can be used for any vehicle bookings for recreational (car sized) vehicles booking on the Red Funnel Vehicle Ferry Service. They are not valid for ​foot passenger bookings. All bookings must be paid for at the time of booking or in accordance with Payment Plan options (if available, more info: and-deposits/). Prices quoted are per vehicle. Valid for bookings of 1 night or more.

Wightlink ferries set sail from Portsmouth or Lymington. Email us for your code.


Codes can only be issued in conjunction with accommodation booked through us. Codes can be used when making an online booking by inputting the code at stage 4 of the booking process. Bookings can also be made by calling Wightlink on 0333 999 7333. A £5 booking fee applies for all phone bookings. If you call to make a booking you will need to say you have a discount code to quote. Standard terms and conditions regarding cancellation or amendments of tickets applies which can be found at this link

Coming by foot?

Then hop on one of the vehicles below for a quick crossing. Tickets can be pre-booked through us or get them at the port (click the pick below to link to each site).

........No passports required - - honestly.......

When you arrive at the Island there are plenty of ways you can get to us using public transport, the easiest is the train from Ryde pier head or just over the bridge from the hovercraft terminal.  We look forward to greeting you.
From Southampton to Cowes
try the Red Jet
From Portsmouth to Ryde try the Fast Cat
From Southsea (Portsmouth) to Ryde try the Hover
Coming in from overseas?

If you land at one of our London airports then why not get us to book you a car with Smiths for Airports. I've used their services many a time and they are a superb professional service who will meet you at the arrival gate and drop you off at a ferry port or the hovercraft in Portsmouth. They monitor your flight so as not to miss you and stay in constant touch to ensure a fantastic service. Email us for prices as they do fluctuate. (About £80 each way).

London Waterloo to Portsmouth via train.
Prices vary wildly from £5 one way up to £80 depending on time of travel and return journey. The great thing about getting the train to Portsmouth Harbour (make sure you get off at the harbour, it's the final stop) is that its a 3 minute walk to the ferry and you can buy your ticket directly to Ryde Pier Head so that the ferry is included, it works out good value.
Trainline are a good to use when looking for best priced tickets.
The average journey time between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour is 1 hour 59 minutes. The fastest journey time is 1 hour 29 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 61 trains per day travelling from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
It is possible to travel from London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour without having to change trains.
London Waterloo
Porstmouth Harbour
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