Taking to the sea is where your adventure begins…
Situated just off England’s South Coast, the Isle of Wight is the perfect place for a VW campervan adventure.
Whether you bring your car with you or simply travel as a foot passenger, once you are on the ferry your Island adventure has already begun.
Book your car ferry crossing as part of your holiday. Ask us about our rates.
If you bring your car…
We have parking at Camper HQ which is free for your use whilst you are enjoying the Isle of Wight in your campervan.
We do advise though, that you pack as lightly as possible.
All of our campervans already have a kitchen sink so there is no need to bring too much with you.
Please ask us about our campsites that can offer you a reduced rate car ferry crossing which can save you at least £50 at peak periods.
Car Ferry: Portsmouth - Fishbourne
Operated by Wightlink from their Portsmouth Harbour terminal, this service will take approximately 45 minutes to cross the Solent. Arriving into Fishbourne, you will need to drive for about 20 minutes to reach Camper HQ on the St Helens Duver
This car ferry service, operated by Red Funnel runs along Southampton water before heading into the Solent and making landfall at East Cowes. The journey will take approximately one hour and once on the Isle of Wight your travel time to Camper HQ will be around 30 minutes.
Car Ferry: Southampton to East Cowes
Car Ferry: Lymington - Yarmouth
If you are travelling from the South West then it may make sense to cross the Solent using Wightlink’s service from Lymington which arrives at Yarmouth. Taking only 30 minutes to reach the Isle of Wight you can then enjoy some Island scenery on the 50 minute drive to Camper HQ.
We will be very happy to pick you up from either the Fast Cat or Hover in Ryde. Try and pack into smaller soft canvas bags rather than one big suitcase but always remember that “Less is More” in all of our VW Campers. If you are driving to the South Coast and leaving your vehicle in either Southampton or Portsmouth we can advise you regarding the available parking options.
If you arrive by foot...
Passenger: Portsmouth - Ryde
Red Funnel’s “Red Jet” high speed passenger service arrives into West Cowes after a 25 minute crossing of the Solent. Sadly we can’t pick up from this terminal as it is too far from Camper HQ by car on our busy turnaround days. If this is your only option then call us and we'll make a plan for you to get to us.
Wightlink’s “Fast Cat” operates from Portsmouth Harbour Station, so if you are arriving by train this is a great choice. The 22 minute trip will dock at Ryde Pier Head and we will be more than happy to meet you there and drive you back to Camper HQ.
Passenger - Southampton to West Cowes
Passenger: Southsea to Ryde
The Hovertravel service from Southsea seafront to Ryde is the last remaining commercial foot passenger hover in the UK. Taking approximately 10 minutes to skim across the Solent this is a fun and different way to travel. Let us know when you are arriving and we’ll meet you and drive you back to Camper HQ.
Arriving by Plane into Southampton…
Once you’ve landed, take the very short walk to Southampton Airport and Parkway train station. Take the train towards Southampton Central and then use the following information
Arriving by Train…
Passengers arriving at Southampton Central should take the 10 minute Quay Connect bus to the Town Quay Terminal 2 stop and board the Red Funnel car ferry service to East Cowes as a foot passenger.
If you have a pre-booked ticket the trip will be free but if not, the £1 single trip fee will be refunded when you buy the ferry ticket and show them your bus receipt.
For those arriving at Portsmouth Harbour Station, the Wightlink catamaran terminal is located at the end of the train station’s main platforms. The 22 minute crossing will dock at Ryde Pier Head.
We will happily pick you up from either East Cowes or Ryde Pier Head.
If in doubt or if you have any questions then do not hesitate to call us on 01983 642143.