New visitors to Hayling Island are often surprised by how accessible it is. Close to the A3, M3, A27 and mainline train routes, Hayling is easy to get reach either for a day visit or a longer stay. Most importantly (and a surprise to some) is that, despite being a true island, we are connected to the mainland by a road bridge meaning that you can drive straight on.
Where is Hayling Island?
Hayling Island is on the South Coast of Hampshire, situated between the cities of Portsmouth and Chichester and inland of the Isle of Wight. Our closest neighbouring towns are Havant, Emsworth & Waterlooville.
Distance from key locations (by road):
- 5 miles to Havant, Hampshire
- 7 miles to Portsmouth, Hampshire
- 12 miles to Chichester, West Sussex
- 26 miles to Southampton, Hampshire
- 42 miles from Guildford, Surrey
- 45 miles from Brighton, East Sussex
- 52 miles from Basingstoke, Hampshire
- 67 miles from Reading, Berkshire
- 68 miles from Slough, Berkshire
- 72 miles from South London
Travelling to Hayling Island by road
With the opening of the Hindhead Tunnel on the A3 in 2011, Hayling Island is more accessible by road than ever – Particularly to those travelling from London.
Whatever direction you are coming from, you want to head for the A27/M27 South Coast road.
For visitors coming from the North or London this is most easily done by following either the A3 or the M3 south until it joins with the South coast route.
Leave the A27 at the Havant / Hayling Island exit.
Head South on to the A3023 which takes you on to Hayling Island. Road access to Hayling Island is through a single road bridge that makes up a stretch of the A3023. As the only access road this predictably can get busy during peak times, especially during the summer, so be sure to leave adequate time when travelling in either direction.
All roads on Hayling Island operate either a 30mph or 40mph speed limit.
Travelling to Hayling Island by train
Our closet operational railway station is Havant (HAV). Regular services run from London Victoria, London Waterloo, Gatwick, Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton to Havant station.
From Havant station travellers can either take a taxi or hop on a bus from the nearby bus station. Information on rail travel can be obtained from the National Rail Enquiries Line on 08457 48 49 50 or you can make a booking online at thetrainline.com.
Useful shortcuts for those travelling by train:
- Havant Station Information
- Ticket Bookings from The Train Line
- National Rail Enquiries Line: 08457 48 49 50
By Bus & Coach
Those wanting to visit Hayling Island by bus will need to wait at Stand B at Havant Bus Station. There are frequent buses Monday to Saturday between 09:00 and 18:00. Regular connections outside of these times from 06.40 until 20.45
The 30 service visits the west part of the island first and is best for those looking to get visit Beachlands, Funfair and the Wednesday car boot. The 30 runs at every 20 and 50 minutes past the hour between 09:00 and 18:00 Mondays through to Saturdays.
The 31 service visits the east of the island first and is best for those looking to get towards Sandy Point and the numerous caravan parks on the east of Hayling Island. The 31 runs at every 05 and 35 minutes past the hour between 09:00 and 18:00 on Mondays through to Saturdays.
For those wanting to visit Hayling Island on a Sunday the 30 and 31 run every other hour.
The 30 service starts at 08.55 through to 16.55
The 31 service starts at 09.55 through to 17.55
Please note that on public holidays the bus schedules run as a Sunday service
The Hayling Island ferry service to Eastney is currently not running. The hope is that this service will return at some point in the future.
Our closest international airport is Southampton International Airport, which is 23 miles by road or a short train journey to Havant Station.
Hayling Island is 67 miles from Heathrow airport and 68 from Gatwick.
The international ferry port at Portsmouth is 8 miles by road from Hayling Island .