Isle of Wight Ferry Travel

Red Funnel is the original Isle of Wight Ferry service, and our terminal at Southampton is the gateway to and from the Island. We operate over 35 ferries to the Isle of Wight every day, with crossing times as short as 23 minutes for our Hi-Speed Service.

Below you'll find a selection of links to help you plan and book your ferry to Isle of Wight, including Vehicle Ferry and Red Jet Service timetables, fares and ticket information, and details of our routes and how to find us. There is also info on our on-board facilities, current service status, and information on our fleet.

We very much look forward to welcoming you aboard our award-winning Isle of Wight Ferries.


Face Coverings must be worn to travel on our ferries, and in terminals from 24 July. More info.

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The Original Isle of Wight Ferry

Red Funnel have been operating ferries to the Isle of Wight since 1861, when we were originally known as "The Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Limited". The service, which operated ferries between Cowes and Southampton, was serviced by impressive looking paddle steamers. These boats also went further afield, carrying passengers to other locations such as Brighton, Cherbourg and Torquay.

A lot has changed since we started. Our paddle steamers have been replaced by up to date ferries with relaxing lounges, modern facilities, and great food and drink options, and we now sail ferries exclusively to the Isle of Wight. However our passion for delivering a great customer experience has stayed the same for 157 years!