How to get there
Southampton, gateway to the Isle of Wight Festival
Red Funnel operates a passenger vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes on the Island and also a passenger only Red Jet Hi-Speed service to West Cowes. Whichever route you choose, we very much look forward to welcoming you onboard.
Red Funnel operates the largest vehicle ferries to the Isle of Wight so taking a vehicle packed with all your camping gear is easy. The service operates between Southampton and East Cowes (the closest ferry terminal to the campsite) from where it is a short 10 minute drive to the festival campsite. The crossing takes just under an hour so there's plenty of time to get something to eat and a pre-festival beer or two as you cruise down Southampton water.
It is essential that you book in advance as the ferries will become fully booked. Booking early ensures you get our cheapest fares and first pick of the sailing times so you can travel at the times that suit you best.
Foot passengers have a choice of ferry routes from Southampton. Red Funnel's Red Jet Hi-Speed service operates every 30 minutes and goes to West Cowes taking just under 25 minutes. The Passenger Vehicle Ferry service operates every hour and goes to East Cowes, taking just under 1 hour.
If arriving in Southampton by train, the FREE CityLink bus service connects the railway station with the ferry terminals at Town Quay. Coach passengers who are not dropped outside Red Funnel's ferry terminals should walk the short distance to the railway station and catch the FREE CityLink bus service. Red Funnel's Terminal 1 is for East Cowes and Terminal 2 is for West Cowes. If arriving by plane please click here for travel directions.
A limited number of Foot Passenger Tickets for a fixed time over the 2014 festival weekend from Southampton to East Cowes are available to be booked online. If this time is missed you will have to join the back standby queue. Please allow plenty of time for arrival for a specific time both before and more specifically after the event. Flexible Red Jet Hi-Speed tickets and standby (first-come, first-served) Vehicle Ferry tickets are also available for foot passengers with or without Festival tickets - find out more..
Once you arrive on the Island, festival shuttle buses operate between both ferry terminals and the bus terminus at the festival (adjacent to the campsites) from Thu 12 to Mon 16 June 2014. Shuttle bus tickets can be used from either East or West Cowes on Thu, Fri & Sat, returning on Sun or Mon. In 2014, there is a River Shuttle Service service which operates from the Grid Iron at East Cowes (near the Vehicle Ferry terminal) to Island Harbour (850 yards from the campsite entrance). The journey by water takes just 20 minutes and return tickets are available from Red Funnel when purchasing a festival ticket.
Top tip: If you are not camping and decide to use the Red Jet service to West Cowes and catch the shuttle bus please ensure you alight from the bus at Newport rather than continuing on to the festival terminus, which is quite a walk from the main arena. The main festival entrance is just a short walk from the Newport bus stop.
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