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Welcome to Red Funnel - The Original Isle of Wight Ferries


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Which ferry to the Isle of Wight? More and more visitors are choosing Red Funnel, the original Isle of Wight ferry company. Ferry crossings to the IoW actually started as far back as 1820 from Southampton. In 1861 two rival IoW ferry operators merged to form the Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited or as we are more commonly known; Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries.

Today, 150 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 81%* would definitely recommend Red Funnel to their friends or relatives. So why not come and experience our unbeaten reliability and meet our helpful and friendly staff, it would be a pleasure to welcome you on-board.


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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...



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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 million guests travel with Red Funnel each year
  • Awarded RoSPA Safety Awards 1999 to 2000 and Gold Awards 2002 to 2013
  • Awarded RoSPA President's award for 12 consecutive Gold Awards in 2013
  • Awarded BS EN ISO 9001.2000 and ISO14001.2004
  • Investor in People 'Silver' Award

*Source: Red Funnel 2011 Isle of Wight Visitor Satisfaction Survey



Latest Red Funnel Customer Reviews

3 Hour(s) ago
Simple and straight forward for loading and unloading
4 Hour(s) ago
Booked online 2 hours before crossing, competitive price, no paper print outs needed all done on number plate recognition, everything left on time.
7 Hour(s) ago
Only downside was having to pay a surcharge of £4.30 for arriving early to travel on a hour earlier crossing. At time of booking prices were the same, boat wasn't full and when travelling 300 miles it's impossible to time your journey accurately, so why rip off your customers?
14 Hour(s) ago
Hope to use Red Funnel next time I go to IOW
16 Hour(s) ago
space between tables and seats in the dining area is very tight and any person larger than a size 12 or especially any pregnant lady would have great difficulty
18 Hour(s) ago
Crossing going out was ok but coming back after a very good time at the beer and bus weekend, we enjoyed the return cruise on the Red Eagle.

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Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries 92 100 8896

RedFunnel Address post@redfunnel.co.uk.

Contact Centre: Bookings Tel (Within UK): 0844 844 9988. Tel (Outside UK): 0845 155 2442. Customer Services: Tel +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-a01d3be2)

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.

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Red Jet Hi-Speed service
Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Service is operating normally

Passenger Vehicle Ferry service
Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight
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Service is operating normally

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