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Why is it so expensive to get to the frikkin Isle of Wight?

Discussion in 'transport' started by madzone, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    What's so great about it? Looks like a bit of a shithole to me :hmm:
     
  2. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge This is definitely the darkest timeline

    Cheap option:

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  3. skyscraper101

    skyscraper101 0891 50 50 50

    Pile o' shite

    As I've heard some locals call it. I thought it was alright though.
     
  4. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    I'm supposed to be stewarding for oxfam at Bestival but they've only secured any deals for foot passengers. The ferry people want 125 fucking quid just for me to get to their poxy little island. Looks like it's bye bye oxfam.
     
  5. Tank Girl

    Tank Girl ........

    the isle of wight is a lovely lovely place and it's where my dad's from. but I went there with an ex years ago and had the most miserable weekend of my life and it's put me off going back. but I'm determined to get the island back as my lovely place, not my place from hell, cos it was the company, not the place that was rubbish!

    shame that oxfam don't cough up for your ferry fare though, it can be expensive enough getting to festivals before adding in wightlink or red funnels extortionate fees!
     
  6. madzone

    madzone Physically unfavourable

    To be honest I don't think oxfam stewarding is meant for people with any kind of disability or from cornwall :D By the time you've added the cost of diesel and the cost of ferries and shit it's pretty prohibitive
     
  7. Oswaldtwistle

    Oswaldtwistle Banned

    Many of the Scottish islands enjoy subsidised ferries- I'm guessing the same does not apply to the Isle of Wight?
     
  8. Tank Girl

    Tank Girl ........

    if I remember correctly, the solent is the most expensive stretch of water to cross in the universe. or something.
     
  9. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    the companies have a bad monopoly, the prices are outrageous, i think the cheapest is the southampton to cowes one. It's not expensive if you're on the train and go as foot passenger with a rail ticket to say Ryde from portsmouth harbour.
     
  10. Beanburger

    Beanburger Deep Fried

    The wealthy residents want to keep the peasant scum out. IIRC, there was talk years ago about building a bridge, but the locals (or the wealthy ones) scuppered it, coz they didn't want their island accessible to the masses.
     
  11. Boycey

    Boycey juvenile rave slut

    iirc it is the busiest so i assume the 2 would be connected. madzone- don't you have any people to travel with who could split the cost of the ferry in exchange for a seat in your car? :)
     
  12. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    Bollocks. Where my parents live, Ventnor, is really rather lovely.
     
  13. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    You're right about that, the car ferry is a fucking disgrace.

    I think you can get it for less than that though :hmm: look at some different times.
     
  14. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

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    What a shit hole! :D
     
  15. pootle

    pootle little moran

    The Isle of Wight is my proppa happy place. We should have a little hollybobs there and see if we can't make it work for you again! :)

    We will have a crazy golf tournament, climb the dinosaurs and get lost in the world's crappest maze at Blackgang Chine, eat a bitchin' cream tea with the blue rinse brigade in Godshill and then go dancing at Colonel Bogeys. Or maybe the Club K in Newport ;)
     
  16. Ted Striker

    Ted Striker Foot's on the other hand

    Didn't I get there as a foot passenger for about a £15 return for bestival last year? Is that not an option?
     
  17. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    island full of racist inbreds
     
  18. pootle

    pootle little moran


    Innit! Take that monstrosity away from my eyes! You offend me! :mad:
     
  19. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    :D :cool:

    I dunno why people tend to have this 'it's a shit hole' idea. If you go up onto the Downs above Ventnor on a clear summer day, it's quite quite quite magnificent. We took my wife up there and she had to stretch to Hainan Island (which is sort of like a not-quite-as-good-Thailand) to think of anywhere as beautiful in China. She didn't enjoy her first trip to the UK, but she said the Isle of Wight was really beautiful...
     
  20. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    And you're basing this on...?
     
  21. DotCommunist

    DotCommunist my world is fire and blood

    ironically enough, stereotypes.
     
  22. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    They all look like the Riddlers.
     
  23. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    Last time I went to the Isle of Wight (for Bestival), my passage on the ferry was included in the ticket.

    Hope that helps.

    :)
     
  24. pootle

    pootle little moran

    The Tanky and Poots Tour will also take in the donkey sanctuary, obvs, where I shall coo like a loon at the donks like this one below:

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    By pootle07 at 2009-08-18

    I love the donks, I do :)
     
  25. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

  26. pootle

    pootle little moran

    What's not to love about the donks?

    Look at these gorgeous things currently residing at the Widgit Donk Sanctuary:

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    By pootle07 at 2009-08-18

    Contrary to popular belief people, there isn't actually a lump of flint where my heart should be ;)
     
  27. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    :D quelle surprise ;)
     
  28. upsidedownwalrus

    upsidedownwalrus RIP R.I.P.

    I think she's talking about the hugely expensive car ferry
     
  29. Blagsta

    Blagsta Minimum cage, maximum cage

    Last time I went I got the hydrofoil from Southampton. Cost about £7 iirc. This was in 2003.
     
  30. Dillinger4

    Dillinger4 Es gibt Zeit

    Yeh, I went on that. I were in a car.
     

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