Freight travel to the Isle of Wight

> Account LoginWe are dedicated to offering a dependable, cost-effective and flexible freight service between Southampton and East Cowes. We are trusted by many companies to carry their freight across the Solent, and we're confident that we have a solution for your transporting needs with our multi-award winning service.


Why Choose Red Funnel

  • Friendly and efficient account Management
  • Ports served by good road connections
  • Largest cross-Solent ferries, and dedicated freight ferry with no centre casing meaning easy loading and disembarkation
  • No weight restrictions up to 44 tonnes
  • Offer Wide Load crossings 7 days a week
  • Drop trailer service with dedicated tug fleet at Southampton & East Cowes
  • 365 days a year service with 24/7 timetable
  • Unmatched service reliability & punctuality, even in bad weather!
  • Dedicated hazardous sailings and DG advice team
  •  Unaccompanied shipment of trade vehicles
  • Highly competitive rates
  • Discounted hot/cold meals & drinks for freight drivers


How To Book

Accompanied freight vehicles and large vans should be booked in advance to secure ferry space. For dedicated deliveries we can block-book any size of vehicle up to 12 months ahead.

Contact our dedicated sales team by phone or complete the online booking enquiry form and a member of the team will be happy to help.

Please ensure you have the following information to hand when booking:

  • Account Number (if applicable)
  • Preferred Sailing times & dates
  • Vehicle weight & Length
  • Details of any dangerous goods that must be decalared
Charges are based on the vehicles total length and generally not its weight or height.

To comply with The Merchant Shipping (Dangerous Goods And Marine Pollutants) Regulations 1990, Dangerous, Toxic and/or Hazardous Loads must be declared at the time of booking and on Consignment Notes completed at check-in. A Dangerous Goods.

Declaration Note must also be Completed Prior to Shipment. See the Dangerous Goods section for permitted DG classes.

Contact our dedicated sales team to book or complete the online booking enquiry form and a member of the team will be happy to help.

What Happens Next

Booking confirmations are sent via email and drivers are requested to quote their booking reference number on arrival at check-in. The vehicles length will be checked and additional charges may apply if the booked length is exceeded. Any statutory documentation will be completed at this stage.


Booking Enquiry

Contact Us

Call+44(0)1983 681336


Sales Team Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 07:30-17:30
Saturday: 06:00-14:00
Sunday: 08:00-16:00
Bank Holidays: 08:00-15:00

Easter Opening Hours

Sunday: 08:00-15:00 

Red Funnel Freight Team, Suite E (North), First Floor, The Columbine, Venture Quays, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6EZ



Do I need to make a booking?

Yes, booking in advance is strongly recommended but it is possible to book on arrival, subject to availability of  freight space.

What information is required to make a booking?

Outward & Return travel dates/times, total vehicle length (inc tractor unit if applicable), payload, details of any dangerous goods, credit account number & purchase order or debit/credit card details.

Can freight be booked online?

Vans/commercial vehicles up to 8m in length and 4.9m in height can be booked online. To book larger freight vehicles or make a booking amendment/cancellation please give us a call on +44 (0)2380 248589 or use our online booking enquiry form.

Can trailers be shipped unaccompanied?

Yes, partners Steve Porter Transport operate a just-in-time drop-trailer delivery service to supermarkets etc. Trailers are also returned to Southampton in accordance with a pre-agreed schedule.

Is it necessary to have an account?

No, customers with adhoc shipments can make and pay for bookings using a debit/credit card by calling the Freight Centre - there are no credit card surcharges. Credit account facilities are available for frequent customers.

Do you offer Credit Facilities?

A non-credit account will be created for customers when booking for the first time.

Credit accounts are available for businesses trading for at least 2 years who are intent on spending in excess of £2k per annum with Red Funnel.

Other types of account are also available - please contact us for more information.


Terms and Conditions

  • All amendments are free of charge, however a fare difference* may apply if you change your travel times.
  • Any fare difference must be paid for in full at time of amendment.
  • If you move to a cheaper sailing no refund will be due as you have reserved a space we can no longer guarantee re-selling.
  • If the booking is cancelled at least 48 hours before travel, then there is no charge and the full balance is refunded.
  • If the booking is cancelled between 24-48 hours before travel, a 25% cancellation fee is applied and the remaining balance is refunded.
  • If the booking is cancelled within 24 hours of travel, no refund is due.
  • Should your vehicle fall outside of the dimensions you have booked you will be required to pay the difference in fare and will not be guaranteed your space on the sailing

Dangerous Goods

Dangerous goods shipments should be declared at least 24 hours in advance. It’s a legal requirement for the haulier/shipper to advise Red Funnel Ferries of all Hazardous Goods/Marine pollutants being carried to and from the Isle of Wight.