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Welcome to Red Funnel - The Original Isle of Wight Ferries


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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.


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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 3.3 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

27-Aug-2016
Efficient service, easy to book, very clean and even had free face painting for kids definitely use again
27-Aug-2016
Easy booking with use of simple web site.
Convenient boarding at both sides, helpful and polite staff.
27-Aug-2016
Well organised trip
27-Aug-2016
Great service, space to sit and good facilities.
27-Aug-2016
Foot passengers had to still get on and off by using the car deck. This seems to be going on to long. On being told to queue to get ready to go exit the ferry I felt like cattle being herded up! He had no people skills soke at use not to us about and not asked us to move politely more like ordered us. It was not a pleasant trip On boarding I went to the bar to get a drink stood waiting then gave went to the bar on the upper deck and that was unmamed! They was plenty of staff on board and they do like to talk amongst themselves
27-Aug-2016
Gets you to the IOW and back. However,all outside areas are for smokers so you cant sit anywhere smoke free and on the new look boats there is not much outside space. Inside areas are very hot and uncomfortable. Old boats are better but smoking is still allowed everywhere if legal. No outside space smoke free. On the way back the passenger entrance was broken so entrance and exit was via car ramps. Very bad organisation . Try to pick boats that do not have new look. Facilities much better including outside BBQ for food. Nothing on newly refurbished boats.

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Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries

Event rating: 92 100 19598

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-8dc4f801)

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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Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight

Service is operating normally

 
 

Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

East Cowes to Southampton Vehicle Ferry at 13:30 delayed by 20 mins due to high volumes of traffic. We apologise for the inconvenience to your journey.

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