Our Ferry Routes - Southampton to Isle of Wight

We are proud to operate the central routes to the Isle of Wight from Southampton. Our Red Jet Hi-Speed service for foot passengers is fast and efficient and is the quickest route between London and West Cowes by train.

Southampton - West Cowes

  • Non-bookable, just turn-up, buy a ticket and take off!
  • Crossing time 30 minutes (11.7 miles)
  • Departures every 80 minutes Mon-Sun
  • Operates year round excluding 25 December
  • Passengers only (& personal luggage)
  • Connecting bus, taxi & car hire services

The service is ideal for business or leisure trips to Cowes, the spiritual home of yacht racing, or the pretty town of Gurnard, East Cowes or Northwood and of course Newport, the Island's commercial heart.

Many of the Isle of Wight's major employers like Gurit, GKN Aerospace, BAE Systems, Vestas, NHS, HM Prisons etc are all located within easy reach of the Red Jet service.

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Southampton - East Cowes

  • Pre-booking of vehicles is strongly recommended - book online, by phone or via your holiday accommodation provider.
  • Crossing time 60 minutes (11.7 miles)
  • Departures every 60 minutes March - October
  • Departures every 90 minutes November-February
  • Operates 365 days
  • Passengers and all types of vehicle
  • Connecting bus, taxi & car hire services

From East Cowes it is really easy to get anywhere on the Island by road or by public transport. Osborne House and the Isle of Wight Festival (held each June) are within just a few minutes drive.

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