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 28 minutes. Regular departures sail from our West Cowes, Isle of Wight and T2, Southampton terminals throughout the day.

TRAVEL UPDATES 

RED JET SERVICE - TUESDAY 24 MAY

Due to the availability of key operational staff we've had to cancel a number of Red Jet sailings on Tuesday 24 May:

From Southampton: 17:55, 19:40, 20:50, 22:00, 23:10

From West Cowes: 18:30, 20:15, 21:25, 22:35, 23:45

  • Please note: the final Red Jet sailing of the day from Southampton will depart at 18:30
  • The final Red Jet sailing of the day from West Cowes will depart at 19:05
  • Our Vehicle Ferry is available as an alternative for travel after these times - Cowes Water Taxi will be in operation between West Cowes and East Cowes terminals for any passengers requiring transport
We are required by law to have a certain number of critical roles to ensure the safety of our passengers. Our teams are working hard to resolve the issue. We apologise for any disruption to your journey.

TRAVEL UPDATES 

BIKE RACKS ON RED JETS

We're happy to confirm we are now able to carry non-foldable bikes on all three of our Red Jet vessels. The capacity on Red Jet 4 is limited to 5 non-foldable bikes per crossing - please be aware these spaces are first come first serve.

To see which Red Jet's are in operation, please check the vessel map on our service status page.


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. You can also download our new app to book foot passenger tickets. Click here to buy tickets online


Red Jet Timetable

The Red Jet hi-speed service operates regular sailings throughout the day between Southampton and West Cowes, with more frequent sailings during commuter times, and on Saturdays.

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 35 minutes during busy periods (Monday – Saturday) and every 1 hour and 10 minutes during quieter week day periods and Sundays.

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
Southampton
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 departs regularly from outside the Red Jet and ferry terminals, 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.

> Find the latest Quayconnect Timetable here


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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.