There are three main ferry operators serving the Isle Of Wight. If you intend to bring a car to the Island then choose Red Funnel or Wightlink. These crossings take from 45mins to just over an hour depending on the route you choose. Hovertravel offer a fast ten minute crossing for foot passengers from Southsea near Portsmouth.
Call costs can vary. Check with the operator.
Crossing times from the mainland vary depending on the route:
Hovertravel passenger - Southsea to Ryde: 10 mins
Red Funnel vehicle ferry - Southampton to Cowes: 55 mins
Red Funnel Red Jet passenger ferry - Southampton to Cowes: 25 mins
Wightlink vehicle ferry - Portsmouth to Fishbourne: 45mins
Wightlink passenger fast cat - Portsmouth to Ryde: 25 mins