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.


Please note: Our Red Jet service is currently running a limited timetable.

We have a number of changes in our terminals and on board, to help keep you and our staff safe whilst you travel. These include the mandatory wearing of face coverings on board, and changes to our embarking and disembarking procedures. You can familiarise yourself with these before you travel by checking out our Sail Safe page.

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Red Jet Fares & Tickets

Tickets for Red Jet can be purchased in advance online, or from our ticket office and ticket machines in both terminals. The service is operated on a first come, first served basis.

Click here to buy tickets online

Red Jet Timetable

The Red Jet hi-speed service is currently suspended, but will return with a limited service on 29 June 2020.

You can download the Temporary Timetable 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.

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.