Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferry service
Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight
Please Note - The Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferries operate up to every half hour (depending on the time of day) so simply turn up purchase your ticket and take off! (pre-bookings not currently available)
Red Funnel's sleek Red Jet Hi-Speed ferry service operates throughout the year between the UK Port of Southampton and West Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
There are sailings every 30 minutes at peak times including Saturdays and every 60 minutes at off-peak times. The service is for foot passengers only and the crossing takes under 25 minutes at speeds up to 40 knots!
The service is ideal for business or leisure trips to Cowes, the spiritual home of yacht racing, or the pretty town of Gurnard, East Cowes or Northwood and of course Newport, the Island's commercial heart. Many of the Isle of Wight's major employers like Gurit, GKN Aerospace, BAE Systems, Vestas, NHS, HM Prisons etc are all located within easy reach of the Red Jet service.
Travelling from the Isle of Wight?
Check out the fantastic shows on at the Mayflower Theatre or head to WestQuay for a spot of shopping.
Map of the Red Jet Hi-Speed route
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- Route: Southampton <> West Cowes (Isle of Wight)
- Operates: 364 days a year
- Crossing time: 25 minutes
- Speed: 35-40 knots
- Departures: Every 30 minutes at peak times, 60 minutes at other times
- Carryings: 1.2 million passengers per annum
- Passengers & carry-on luggage only
- Turn up and go - not possible to pre-book
- Ticket types: frequent travellers, off-peak, groups, families, seniors, youths
- Fastest route between the Isle of Wight & London Waterloo (using connecting services)
From A to B to Sea with a Solent Go travelcard
With a Solent Go travelcard you simply top up your card with funds for bus and ferry travel. When travelling, you place your Solent Go travelcard on the travelcard reader.
Travelcard readers can be found at the front of the bus and are located next to the driver. Please ask the driver if you need any further assistance.
Ferry / Hovercraft:
Travelcard readers are located close to the point of boarding. These will either be fixed to a wall or could be portable and held by a member of staff. As you would on a bus, it is important that you place your travelcard on the reader.
For further information and to register for a Solent Go travelcard, please click here.