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isle of wight ferry travel

Day Returns from £38 each way

Inspiring Isle of Wight Adventures Since 1861

For 163 years, Red Funnel has been connecting passengers between the Isle of Wight and Southampton. And while a lot has changed – our paddle steamers have been replaced with state-of-the-art vessels, our onboard facilities are a whole lot better than they were in 1861 – you’ll be greeted with the same warm welcome, standout customer service, and an adventurous spirit when you arrive on board.

From Southampton See Our Upcoming Sailings

From Isle of Wight See Our Upcoming Sailings

Date & Time Date Time Service Route Departing Arriving
17/07/2024 13:50 17/07/2024 13:50 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
17/07/2024 14:00 17/07/2024 14:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
17/07/2024 15:00 17/07/2024 15:00 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
17/07/2024 15:00 17/07/2024 15:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
17/07/2024 15:35 17/07/2024 15:35 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes

Journey times: Red Jet 28 minutes, Vehicle Ferry 60 minutes, Freight Ferry 70 minutes.
Freight-only sailings have restricted capacity and are available for freight vehicles only. These sailings are not available to book online.

Aerial Image of the ferries

Why Book?

  • We're the original Isle of Wight Ferry! Red Funnel has over 163 years of experience sailing the Southampton to Isle of Wight
  • Award-winning customer service 
  • Refundable Flexi Fares with free amendments 
  • Saver Fares from just £33.75 each way 
  • More than 35 crossings each day and easy online bookings 
  • Foot passengers can enjoy a crossing time from just 30 minutes 
  • Vehicle ferry crossing times from just 60 minutes

Welcome to the Isle of Wight

Fit more in on the Isle of Wight, with over 25 beaches, 50 attractions, and 100s of miles of trails to explore. Recently crowned a UNESCO Biosphere, the Island offers stunning landscapes and coastline, and loads of things to see and do, all within less than an hour’s drive.

Customer Reviews

1 2 3 4 5
Great service going over, did not realise we had booked priority loading so was fab, 2nd coming off the ferry at Cowes.
Previously mentioned overcharged on way back
Tue, Jul 16 2024
1 2 3 4 5
On time, went well.
Tue, Jul 16 2024
1 2 3 4 5
The service we get is always excellent
Tue, Jul 16 2024