Day Trips by Fast Cat from Portsmouth

Day Trips by Fast Cat from Portsmouth

Day Trips by Fast Cat from Portsmouth 1100 619 Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Enjoy a great day out on the Isle of Wight, visiting the Steam Railway. Cross the Solent by Fast Cat ferry from Portsmouth, then use the convenient Island Line train to reach the Steam Railway via our handy cross-platform connection at Smallbrook Junction.

Via Fast Cat to Ryde Pier Head

Wightlink’s Fast Cat takes just 22 minutes to reach the Island. Ferries depart from Portsmouth Harbour station, offering direct connections to mainline rail services.

The Fast Cat arrives at Ryde Pier Head station where there’s a quick and easy connection to the Island Line trains. Riding on these former London Underground trains is quirky part of the day (they’re even older than many of our steam locomotives!). From the Pier Head it takes just 9 minutes to travel the three stops to Smallbrook Junction station.



We’d suggest allowing at least 2 hours to explore Havenstreet station, giving you time to visit our Train Story Discovery Centre, see the free Flying Display by Haven Falconry, and discover our Woodland Walk, shop and cafe.

Timetable – Return


* Runs on Red timetable days only. Timetables can change – please check with Wightlink before you travel.


  1. Book your return ferry with Wightlink: With numbers on the each ferry currently restricted, pre-booking is advised.
  2. Book your steam train online: Our website shows the departure times from Havenstreet – trains typically depart Smallbrook Junction about 25 minutes later.
  3. Call or email us with your reference number so that we can reserve a compartment on your preferred return train from Havenstreet to Smalbrook Junction