Isle of Wight buses

The Isle of Wight buses are, on the whole, run by Southern Vectis.

Other smaller operators run buses locally to town, or parishes.

Beers and Buses 2021 cancelled, but smaller event possible

Old Southampton Buses

The uncertainty of Covid has knocked the popular Beers and Buses out for a second year, but a smaller event is being considered

Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021 10:52am

By Trevor Whelan with one comment

Isle of Wight ferry and bus staff being offered Coronavirus vaccinations

Giving the covid vaccine

A change in the categories for priority groups has allowed transport staff to be offered Covid-19 vaccinations

Friday, 29th January, 2021 11:39am

By Sally Perry with 11 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council drop Bus Pass time restrictions for older travellers

The free bus travel for older residents will be available before 9.30am to help them make use of early morning slots for vaccines, healthcare, shopping and other vital appointments

Friday, 22nd January, 2021 9:34am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Here’s what happens with the No. 3 during major road closure

Bus Stop at The Needles Old Battery

The road between Whiteley Bank and Wroxall will be closed for two+ months from next week - if you use the buses, make sure you know about diversions and which stops are not being served

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 11:16am

By Paula Good with one comment

Vote for your Covid heroes and see them on the side of Isle of Wight buses

Southern Vectis bus in St James's Square

Southern Vectis are inviting nominations from within the Isle of Wight community, for someone who deserves to be named as a Covid Hero - for all to see - on one of their buses

Thursday, 14th January, 2021 9:07am

By Paula Good with 5 readers' comments

Southern Vectis update customers following national lockdown announcement

Southern Vectis bus driving through shanklin

Southern Vectis say they'll continue to run on the Isle of Wight during lockdown to help keyworkers and those unable to work from home. Details within

Tuesday, 5th January, 2021 10:50am

By Paula Good with 2 readers' comments

Southern Vectis announce their Christmas and New year holiday timetable

Southern Vectis bus driving through shanklin

If you need to get around the Isle of Wight during the Christmas and New Year holidays by bus, make sure you check out the revised timetables within

Monday, 16th November, 2020 10:03am

By Sally Perry

New Webcams provide delight for trainspotters and transport buffs

Railcam in Ryde showing two Hovercraft and three buses

The two new Webcams will mean anyone around the world can watch the trains, hovers, buses and Fastcats come and go in Ryde

Thursday, 5th November, 2020 1:24pm

By Simon Deane

Historic Isle of Wight bus to be restored by Bus Museum in memory of John Reynolds

1953 Bristol double decker beign towed by Stag Lane Motors

JDL 40 was sold by Southern Vectis in 1970 and achieved notoriety by overturning near Gatcombe in December 1954

Monday, 2nd November, 2020 3:19pm

By Trevor Whelan with one comment

Hat-trick of good news for West Wight’s community bus

Needles Cheque being presented to FYT Bus

Good things come in threes for the FYTbus. Details within of why they are currently having a triple celebration

Monday, 19th October, 2020 9:41am

By Hilary Benns

Isle of Wight council say there were over 600 excess seats on school buses, costing them £1,000 each every year

canon calculator

The council say they slashed the number of bus routes from 29 to 15 because there were too many excess seats. News OnTheWight asked how many and what the difference between the value of the old and new contracts is

Thursday, 3rd September, 2020 4:33pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Isle of Wight council explain why they’ve cut almost half the school buses

cowes college students at bus stop

Cllr Brading explains why the Isle of Wight council chose to slash the number of bus routes by half, resulting in some Island children having to take several buses to get to school (either very late or incredibly early)

Wednesday, 2nd September, 2020 8:35am

By Sally Perry with 7 readers' comments