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Red Funnel Ferries

Ferry  services between Southampton and the Isle of Wight

Head Office:

12 Bugle Street



SO14 2JY

02380 248500/248501

The original Isle of Wight ferry company, Red Funnel Ferries have been operating a ferry crossing to the Isle of Wight since 1861. Today they operate over 35 sailings a day with crossing times as short as 23 minutes. 

Services follow the sheltered central routes to the Isle of Wight from Southampton. The sleek Red Jet Hi-Speed service for foot passengers from Southampton's Terminal 2 is fast and efficient and the quickest route between London and West Cowes by train, with departures every 30 minutes at peak times and a crossing time of just 23-25 minutes.


Alternatively, Red Funnel's modern fleet of car ferries operating from Terminal 1 to East Cowes take just 55-60 minutes, with departures every 60 minutes at peak times, and can carry anything that fits under a motorway bridge. The service operates all year round including Christmas Day and is renowned for its reliability and smoothness - our guests seldom feel seasick!

Bicycles are carried FREE on vehicle ferry services provided the rider is in possession of a valid foot passenger ticket. Fold-up bikes are also carried free on Red Jet services although, due to space restrictions, they must fit into a carry bag.

On top of this, passengers can also enjoy Red Funnel's multi-award winning customer service, delicious food and drinks (sourced locally where possible), value for money fares and onboard facilities including free Wi-Fi. So whether you want to work, socialise or just soak up the sun, you are always assured a warm Red Funnel welcome.

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