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If you're after Island Line train tickets, look no further. At TrainPal, we'll show you where Island Line can take you and how to book the best value fares for your journey. To find Island Line tickets, simply start a search above, and we'll show you the best available journey times and prices. Keep reading for more information on classes, onboard amenities, destinations, and cheap train ticket tips.

About Island Line

Island Line is a brand of the train operating company South Western Railway which operates the 8.5-mile (13.7 km) Island Line on the Isle of Wight. An independent franchise from 1996 until 2007, it then became part of the South Western franchise operated by South West Trains until August 2017 and since then by South Western Railway. From 1985 to 1990, Isle of Wight rail services operated under the RydeRail brand. In 1986 Network SouthEast was created, itself part of British Rail, and RydeRail joined it as a sub-brand. The Island Line name was first used in 1989, when Class 483 trains were introduced on the route, and this new branding and a logo were included in the livery of the trains. However, this rebranding did not officially occur until 1994, when it completely replaced the entire RydeRail brand. From 1989 until 1996, Island Line was a sub-brand of Network SouthEast. In 1996, the line's services were privatized as an Island Line franchise, with the winning bid from Stagecoach (legal name Island Line Limited). Upon commencing operations on October 13, 1996, the Island Line name was retained for passenger service. Island Line was the only passenger franchise that included infrastructure maintenance in addition to operating passenger services. Network Rail and its predecessors have continued to own the infrastructure, but have leased it to the operator, who is therefore responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the track and the immediate foundations. The Island Line franchise was, until February 2007, the smallest train operating company in the National Rail network. It was combined with the South West Trains franchise to form the new South Western franchise in an effort to reduce the number of train operating companies. Although South West Trains operated the line thereafter, the Island Line brand was retained. Island Line Trains repainted all of its stations in a heritage cream and green color scheme as part of an overall station improvement package.

Island Line Route Map

Unsure about where to start your Island Line adventure? Use our map to plan out where you want to go. From London, you can enjoy high-speed services to destinations like Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester. Island Line are one of the primary rail operators in the UK, providing services from London Euston and a number of major terminals including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street. Many of the routes feature high-speed services with no changes required, making Island Line an excellent alternative to air travel if you're looking to traverse up or down the length of the country.

What can Island Line offers

  • 1. Island Line Residents Card
  • The Island Line Residents Card is valid Monday through Friday after 9am and all day on weekends and public holidays and offers a 40% discount on Island Line one-way and round-trip fares. £5.00 for individuals and £7.50 for families.
  • 2. Rail and bus links from Shanklin to Ventner
  • Special combined fares are available when traveling to Ventner on the Island Line. Single rates are just £2.50 (£1.25 for children) and Day Returns are £4.00 (£2.00 for children).
  • 3. Rangers & Rovers
  • A day trip allows you to enjoy all that the island has to offer. Choose from Islandline Dayranger or Hover Rover Rail.
  • How to Get Cheap Island Line tickets

    Looking for cheap train tickets on Island Line routes? We've got you covered! Check out the suggestions below and discover tips you can use to save on your next train journey.
    Book in advance
    Book in advance
    If you're planning your journey in advance, take note that UK train tickets are generally available to book 3 months before the departure date. Keep an eye out for Advance tickets - they tend to be cheaper but have the potential to sell out quickly, especially on popular routes.
    Travel Off-Peak
    Travel Off-Peak
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    Island Line Train Classes

    Standard Class

    • Upgraded interiors
    • Passenger information screens
    • Plug sockets
    • At-seat charging points
    • Wheelchair spaces and free WiFi

    Travelling with a Railcard

    Travelling with Island Line a few times a year? Get a Railcard and you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys. Click on one of the Railcard types below to see the various eligibility requirements.


    · Great for ages 16-25 solo travel
    · Save 1/3 on eligible rail-travel fares
    · Average annual savings up to £189!
    · 3-year Railcard available to under 24s only

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    · Save 1/3 on eligible rail-travel fares
    · Average annual savings up to £251!

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    · For ages 16+ couples travel together
    · Named passengers save 1/3 on eligible fares
    · £15 each! Best discount for couple travel

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    · Great for families who love to travel
    · 1-4 adults save 1/3 on eligible fares, 1-4 children save 60%
    · Average annual savings up to £114!

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    More info about Island Line

    Do Island Line trains have WiFi?
    Yes, Island Line trains have WiFi, and it’s free.
    Which operator runs the Island Line?
    South Western Railway franchise (since 2017). In August 2017, the franchise was taken over by South Western Railway who have maintained the Island Line brand.
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