Access Keys

Ferry to Isle of Wight


Welcome to Red Funnel - The Original Isle of Wight Ferries


Red Funnel logo

Click here to buy vehicle ferry tickets online

More and more visitors are choosing Red Funnel, the original Isle of Wight ferry company. Ferry crossings to the IoW actually started from Southampton in 1820 but in 1861 two rival firms merged to form Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries.

Today, 154 years on we may operate the largest car ferries to the Isle of Wight but our guests repeatedly tell us that we provide by far the best service. Over 91%* rate our service as good or excellent so why not come and experience our unbeaten reliability and meet our helpful and friendly staff, it would be our pleasure to welcome you on-board.


Vehicle Service Icons

Travelling with a vehicle or bicycle?

Southampton <> East Cowes (Isle of Wight)
The ferries on this route carry passengers and any vehicle or towed trailer that will fit under a motorway bridge.

Travelling with us is simplicity itself - you don't even need a passport or ID! Our mainland port in Southampton is very easy to get to, just follow the A303/A36 or A35/A31 from the West, the M3/A34/M40 from the North or M27/A27/A3 from the East. On the Isle of Wight the ferry terminal is at East Cowes, from there you can get to anywhere on the Island in no time at all.  Timetables & much more...



Foot passenger icons

Travelling on foot?

Southampton <> West Cowes (Isle of Wight)
Fast, convenient and reliable - over 1.5m foot passengers rely on the Red Jet Hi-Speed service each year.

All you need to do is turn-up, present a ticket and take-off - you'll be at either West Cowes or Southampton in 25 minutes. If travelling on business, West Cowes is close to many of the Island's big employers and is of course a sailor's paradise with yachting chandleries, boutique clothing stores and legendary pubs & restaurants. Finding us is easy too with excellent connecting bus and taxi services.  Timetables & much more...


Quick Facts about Red Funnel

  • We operate over 37,000 sailings per annum covering more than 450,000 miles
  • Over 3.3 million guests travel with Red Funnel each year
  • Awarded RoSPA Safety Awards 1999 to 2000 and Gold Awards 2002 to 2014
  • Awarded RoSPA President's award for 13 consecutive Gold Awards in 2014
  • Awarded BS EN ISO 9001.2000 and ISO14001.2004
  • Investor in People 'Silver' Award

*Source: Based on 10,000+ reviews on Feefo independent review platform.



Latest Red Funnel Customer Reviews

24-Sep-2016
The only company i would use for the Island crossing nice easy loading, always clean decks, good food a very relaxing crossing.
24-Sep-2016
Expensive but staff were helpful
24-Sep-2016
Very good service. Helpful staff and good facilities.
24-Sep-2016
Really efficient service, friendly staff. Especially appreciated the free refills of tea and coffee and being offered an earlier crossing when we arrived early.
24-Sep-2016
We missed the 9.00am ferry from Southampton, so we were told we would have to catch the next one at 10.00am, however because we booked online for a scheduled time would have to pay an extra £11.75, which I think was wrong, because we had booked with a special discount rate of £35 in total and if I had booked for the 10.00am ferry online this would have been the same price of £17.50. Also the staff directing the cars onto the ferry were very rude, as we were sat waiting in lane 4 where we were told to and they let the cars on in the lane next to us, but then stopped us from going on and if I hadn't got out of the car and walked over to them, they wouldn't have even noticed us and let us on, so we may have ended up missing the 10.00am crossing as well.
24-Sep-2016
Easy to purchase ticket on line. Ferry professionally loaded and departed on time. Good crossing.

Read more reviews

Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries

Event rating: 92 100 20076

RedFunnel Address post@redfunnel.co.uk.

Contact Centre: For travel, accommodation and enquiries call +44 (0)23 8001 9192

Switchboard: Tel +44 (0)23 8024 8500. Fax +44 (0)23 8024 8501.

Registered in England: 002404, VAT number: GB 902 873131. All Rights Reserved, © 2014 Red Funnel (i-d4bca458)

Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

You do not currently have any items in your basket.

 
 

Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

 
 

Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

Join My Red Funnel for free literature, news, competitions and enhanced booking.

Sign up today