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Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferry service


Southampton <> West Cowes, Isle of Wight


Steam Coffee Company exclusive to Red Funnel

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 Steam Coffee Company has outlets at the terminals and refreshments are available onboard.

The service is ideal for foot passengers making 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.


Map of the Red Jet Hi-Speed route


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Quick Facts

  • 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
  • USP: Fastest route between the Isle of Wight & London Waterloo (using connecting services)


Red Jet Super Off Peak Day Return

For £8.90 per person

This Super Off Peak Day Return fare is valid when two foot passengers travel together from 11:15am
Conditions apply












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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-18c9345d)

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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The following sailings have been cancelled due to a generator issue:

12:00 from East Cowes

All foot passsengers are offered free upgrade to the Hi-Speed service from West Cowes.

The 12:00 from Southampton is delayed by approx 10-15 mins - please check in normal to help reduce delays.

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