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Fleet - Red Jet & Vehicle Ferry

Our Ferries

Get to know our fleet

Comfortable and Convenient

Bring your car, bike, or come on foot - no matter how you choose to travel to or from the Isle of Wight, Red Funnel’s ferry fleet will get you there in comfort, with regular sailings between Southampton and Cowes throughout the day. Learn more about our Vehicle and Hi-Speed passenger ferries.

From Southampton See Our Upcoming Sailings

From Isle of Wight See Our Upcoming Sailings

Date & Time Date Time Service Route Departing Arriving
28/05/2024 19:40 28/05/2024 19:40 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
28/05/2024 20:15 28/05/2024 20:15
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
28/05/2024 21:05 28/05/2024 21:05 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
28/05/2024 22:00 28/05/2024 22:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
28/05/2024 22:30 28/05/2024 22:30 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes

Journey times: Red Jet 28 minutes, Vehicle Ferry 60 minutes, Freight Ferry 70 minutes.
Freight-only sailings have restricted capacity and are available for freight vehicles only. These sailings are not available to book online.

Vehicle Ferries

Our three vehicle ferries – Red Falcon, Red Osprey, and Red Eagle – each can carry up to 892 passengers and over 200 cars. Crossings to and from the Island take approximately 1 hour.

Passenger Ferries

Our three high-speed catamaran pedestrian ferries travel between Southampton and West Cowes on the Isle of Wight in less than 30 minutes. 

Freight Ferry

Launched in 2019, the state-of-the-art Red Kestrel carries up to 12 freight passengers, crossing to and from the Isle of Wight in approximately 60 minutes. 

Fleet FAQ's

View frequently asked questions about our fleet. 

Please see our contact page for full details

We have baby changing facilities on all three of our vehicle ferries. For a full list of onboard facilities, go to our fleet page.

All of our vessels cater for disabled customers and have disabled access. All three of our vehicle ferry’s have lift access from the main deck to the passenger lounge which can be requested upon arrival. Customers are not permitted to stay in their vehicle for the duration of the crossing however under extreme circumstances a request can be made to the captain upon arrival. More accessibility information...

Dogs are carried free of charge, please see our pet policy 

E-scooters are prohibited on board all Red Funnel vessels and throughout all terminal areas, both indoor and outdoor. This includes all aspects of e-scooter usage on site and includes the charging, transportation and storage of e-scooters. Those traveling with non-electric (push) scooters via our ferries must dismount and push their scooter at all times. Our policy is in place for the safety of our customers and staff due to fire safety concerns associated with e-scooter batteries, as well as the incidence of both e-scooter and push scooter-related accidents resulting in personal injury. Our policy is consistent with other transport operators and reflects a policy undertaken by ABP (Associated British Ports), which prohibits the use of scooters in any part of their port operations and estates. We thank our customers for understanding that our on-board and terminal areas are unsuitable environments for scooter usage. The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority.

For Vehicle Ferries: 

Visit the Ticket Office at East Cowes or Terminal 1, Southampton or phone us on 023 8001 9192


For Red Jet Passengers: 

Visit the Ticket Office at West Cowes or Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton or call us on 023 8001 9192.

In accordance with the statutory ban on smoking in public areas, Red Funnel enforces a No Smoking policy inside all its terminal areas and inside its vessels. The no smoking policy includes all synthetic/e/electronic cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

The only exception is the designated smoking area on 'A deck' (outside deck) of the Passenger Vehicle Ferries where smoking and vaping is permitted. Customers are requested to always use the cigarette bins provided and never throw cigarette butts into the sea.

Please be advised some sailings may be entirely non-smoking if we are carrying certain goods. You will be advised of this in the onboard safety announcement after you board. 

Customers can travel with electric bikes, however charging electric bikes is strictly prohibited onboard any of our vessels and throughout all our terminals. 

Please click here for Government guidance on the transport of items classified as dangerous by individuals in private vehicles and by foot passengers on board our vessels. If you have any queries, please get in touch with our dedicated Freight team by emailing [email protected] prior to travel.

No, you are not permitted to fly drones from our ferries without prior written permission, and completion of a full risk assessment. If you wish to apply for permission, please contact our Marketing department via email.

Ferry Terminals

Terminal 1 Southampton

Open 24 hours, this terminal is for vehicle passengers crossing to East Cowes. Enjoy free WiFi, grab a snack or a beverage, or inquire at our visitor information desk. 

Terminal 2 Southampton

For pedestrian passengers travelling to West Cowes, Terminal 2 features a coffee shop, free WiFi, comfortable seating, and a cash machine.

East Cowes

Choose from a selection of food and drinks from the Snack Shack and settle in our comfortable indoor or outdoor seating area to await your vehicle crossing to Terminal 1. 

West Cowes

See real-time travel updates and enjoy free WiFi as you await your departure to Terminal 2 aboard our high-speed pedestrian ferry. 

Customer Reviews

1 2 3 4 5
friendly and efficient
Tue, May 28 2024
1 2 3 4 5
Staff helpful, vessels and terminals always clean and well presented. Loading and unloading well managed.
Tue, May 28 2024
1 2 3 4 5
Excellent, all ran to time and were able to board the prior ferry to the one that we booked.
Mon, May 27 2024