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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

3 Hour(s) ago
Always satisfied with the service
9 Hour(s) ago
very good
11 Hour(s) ago
Booking was easy and worked!
11 Hour(s) ago
Checked through with minimum fuss & had an enjoyable trip. Food on board was excellent & was extremely surprised that you were able to cater for someone in my party who had a Dairy Allegy. Wouldn't hesitate to travel with Redfunnel again.
13 Hour(s) ago
Service and timekeeping very good. Regretfully, the rip-off prices for small van private owners' continues. Why are they so often excluded from special offers?
13 Hour(s) ago
Good price

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Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries 92 100 16500

RedFunnel Address

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-9416aa19)

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

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Southampton <> East Cowes, Isle of Wight

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