Red Jet Hi-Speed Passenger Service

Our Red Jet Hi-Speed service is the fastest way for foot passengers to cross the Solent from Southampton to the Isle of Wight.

This fast catamaran is ideal for business and leisure trips to Cowes and the Isle of Wight, with crossing times from just 23-25 minutes. Regular departures sail from our West Cowes, Isle of Wight and T2, Southampton terminals throughout the day.


Following the most recent government lockdown restrictions, and a steep decline in passengers travelling, we are making some changes to our Red Jet timetable. From 16 November 2020, we will be operating a reduced timetable.

At this time, we are accepting CARD payments only, and encourage the use of contactless payment where possible. We are able to accept some cash payment at our automated ticket machines; however, please note that the machines are unable to accept £20 notes.

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Red Jet Fares & Tickets

Standard tickets for Red Jet can now be purchased in advance online. They can also be bought from our ticket office and ticket machines in both terminals, where you can also pickup our off-peak, super off-peak and group rate tickets.

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Red Jet Timetable

The Red Jet hi-speed service is now operating a more regular timetable, with sailings every 1hr 20 mins between 05:35 and 20:55. Outside of these hours, passengers can travel on the vehicle ferry as an alternative.

You can download timetables or search for sailings on any given time and date on our timetables page.

Red Jet Service Status

Our Red Jet service usually departs every 30-60 minutes from our West Cowes and Southampton terminals, however we are currently running to a limited timetable.

For the most up to date travel information and departure information go to our service status page.


West Cowes Terminal

Fountain Yard
West Cowes
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AR

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Southampton T2 Terminal

Terminal 2
Town Quay
SO14 2AQ

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Quayconnect Bus Service

For customers wishing to travel to West Quay Shopping Centre or onto Southampton Central Train Station, there is a shuttle bus that operates from the ferry terminals on Town Quay.

This service usually operates every 30 minutes, and is FREE for Red Funnel customers, passengers with through rail or National Express coach tickets to/from East Cowes or West Cowes and holders of Senior Citizen bus passes.

Please note: the Quayconnect Bus is currently suspended. Alternative connection information can be found on our bus connections page.

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Meet the Fleet

We have 3 Red Jet fast catamarans deployed in the UK on our cross-Solent ferry route between Southampton & West Cowes. They are all powered by high-speed MTU diesel engines with waterjet propulsion. The vessels speed, manouverability, stopping power and low wash characteristics are all key design attributes for the route.

Want to know more? Click below to get detailed info for each of our vessels, find out about our routes, or see where they are on our vessel map.