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Explore the wonders of Wight by bus!

5 months ago Mon 6th Jan 2020

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Leave the car at home and explore the beautiful island, including the wonders of the Wight, by bus with Southern Vectis. Discover some of the Island’s best beauty spots and walks whilst cruising miles of rural countryside.

Why not bundle the little ones up in jumpers, wrap them in anoraks, dig out your wellies and brollies and head out on an adventure to see the 6 wonders of the Wight that you can explore with Southern Vectis, take a look at these below. 

Please note that the Island Coaster, Needles Breezer and Downs Breezer are seasonal routes and will be back in the spring. 

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Stroll through the vibrant town and enjoy independent shops and well-known yachting clothing stores, sit at a pavement café, have a restaurant lunch and people watch, or enjoy a glass of something cold and watch the sun go down over the Solent before having dinner at some excellent pubs and restaurants.

Get there by bus on Route 1 or Route 32

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Freshwater is a large village in West Wight and is a popular destination for visitors with the spectacular Freshwater Bay area lying to the South of the main village.

The bay is easily recognised by its chalk cliffs and the imposing “Stag” and “Mermaid” rocks that sit at the edge of the coast, which are a magnet for photographers on the Isle of Wight.

A great place to sit and watch the world go by, enjoy an ice cream by the sea or even watch the sunset from one of the viewpoints overlooking Freshwater Bay.

Get there by bus on Route 7 or Route 12

Please note that Route 7 does not serve Freshwater Bay. 

Illustration of Lake where you can walk without getting your feet wet


Nestled in between Sandown and Shanklin is one of the Islands best water sports beaches, which is usually very quiet too as the beach is only reachable by foot. For a place to get to grips with the surf, learn a new hobby, or simply take a pew and watch the world go by with only the sound of the sea in the background, Lake is without doubt one of the best places to visit on the Island.

Get there by bus on Route 2, Route 3 or Route 8.

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Perhaps one of the most outstanding feats of natural beauty on the Island, the iconic Needles rock formation near Alum Bay is a firm favourite of visitors here. The Needles, called this way because they used to be pointed before they eroded away, is also the home to the Needles Park which is a collection of small family attractions and shops.

Get there by bus on Route 7 or Route 12.

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Newport is the principal town of the Isle of Wight, which is located in the centre of the Island and often referred to as its capital. This historic town centres on two elegant squares with Georgian and Victorian architecture surrounding them, with the town’s quay a short distance away.

Newport offers plenty of things to do and is a great place for shopping with a number of well-known chain stores mixing with smaller independent shops across the two main squares, Newport High Street and the side streets.

There are a lot of great options for eating out in Newport, with a range of world cuisines on offer both during the day and in the evenings at restaurants around the town.

During the day Newport buzzes with shoppers and there are a lot of places to grab a bite to eat and some refreshment, with cafes and sandwich bars located in and around the main squares.

Get there by bus on Route 1, Route 2, Route 3, Route 5, Route 6, Route 7, Route 8, Route 9, Route 12, Route 38 or Route 39.

Illustration of Ryde where you can walk


Ryde is a vibrant seaside town on the Island, perhaps one of the liveliest towns all year round and host to some brilliant events throughout the year – such as the Ryde carnival. It’s also home to some more adrenaline fuelled visitor attractions such as the Isle of Wight’s largest go kart track – Wight Karting. For those looking for something a little more relaxing, Ryde is also home to one of the most loved sandy beaches on the Island.

Get there by bus on Route 2, Route 3, Route 4Route 8, Route 9 and Route 37.

We recommend our 24 or 48 hour Rover for a weekend adventure by bus. Get 24 or 48 hours unlimited travel across all Southern Vectis buses, available as adult, young adult, child and group (of 5) fare. Rover tickets are a fun and cost effective way to discover the Isle of Wight. 

Here for a little longer?

We also offer a 7, 30 and 90 day Freedom Ticket, available as available an adult, young adult or child fare. Or as a 7 day group ticket for up to 5 adults travelling. 

Want to only pay for the days you want to travel?

Why not take a look at our Multi-day ticket bundles. A cheaper way to pay for a single fare, tickets are available for 2 years from the point of purchase. Buy 5, 15 or 30 days of travel to use as and when wish.

We also offer a single fare on our seasonal services if you know exactly where you’d like to go.

You can purchase tickets from our Travel Shops at Ryde, Newport and Yarmouth, from your driver with cash, contactless card or Apple Pay – or pre-pay for your tickets via our handy mobile app, Clickit2ride for a faster way to pay. 


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