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Payment Plans and Deposits

Flexible options for booking ferry travel and more

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Spread the cost of your ferry travel or holiday package booking with Red Funnel out with one of our flexible payment plans. With deposits starting from just 10% you can secure your travel or holiday in advance, allowing you the flexibility of settling the remaining balance at a later date.

Payment Plan Options

Please note: The minimum booking value to qualify for a Payment Plan is £100.

Ferry Travel (booked at least 31 days in advance of travel)
  • Minimum booking value of £100 to qualify for payment plan
  • Booking must be made at least 30 days before travel dates
  • 10% of total cost will be charged at point of booking
  • Remaining balance is then due 30 days before travel dates
Accommodation (booked 61 days or more in advance of travel/holiday dates)
  • The overall package value must be a minimum of £100 to qualify – this can include accommodation, ferry travel and attraction tickets
  • 10% of the total cost will be charged when you book
  • 50% of the accommodation booking value due 60 days before travel/holiday dates
  • Remaining balance is then due 30 days before travel/holiday dates

Accommodation (booked between 31-60 days before travel/holiday dates)
  • The overall package value must be a minimum of £100 to qualify – this can include accommodation, ferry travel and attraction tickets
  • 100% of the accommodation booking value will be charged when you book
  • Plus 10% of any other booked elements (travel/attraction tickets) will be charged at point of booking
  • Remaining balance is then due 30 days before travel/holiday dates


When making a purchase with one of our payment plans you will be required to make your initial payment using a valid UK registered debit/credit card. Those card details will be securely held on file and automatically charged on the relevant due dates for any remaining installments.

Payment Plan Terms & Conditions

When choosing a payment plan/deposit option, the following terms and conditions will apply:

  • Payment plan/deposit scheme is only available for new bookings made online via the Red Funnel website.
  • All payments are completely non-transferable and non-refundable, except the ferry element of a booking which is subject to the standard Red Funnel cancellation and refund polices;
  • Purchasing tickets via this method legally commits the customer to completing the process of purchasing their tickets via the staged payment plan and allows Red Funnel to demand the additional payment set out below without further consultation with the customer.
  • The customer hereby agrees to ensure the amounts due at each stage of the payment plan are completed in full by the due dates as detailed in the 'Vehicle Ferry Travel' and 'Ferry Travel & Accommodation' tabs.
  • On accepting these terms and conditions, the customer has entered into a binding agreement to purchase a ticket and to pay by the stated date(s). It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure that the payments are made to Red Funnel by the due dates shown above. For the avoidance of doubt, in the event that a payment is not made by the due date, Red Funnel is entitled to cancel the order and retain any monies previously paid.
  • Payment Plans cannot be used to purchase Travel Cards or Season Tickets and are not available to account customers or business customers.
  • A valid UK registered Debit/Credit card will be required for payment, this card will then be used for the final balance payment. Not available using PayPal.
  • The deposit paid is non-refundable.
  • It is your responsibility to notify Red Funnel should your registered credit/debit card change. Please register the new card online via "My Account" and call 0238 001 9192 to notify us that the payment will be from an alternative card.
  • Early payment can be made on any booking but only for the full balance. Part payment or early instalment payment is not available.
  • Should you wish to pay your full balance early please call 0238 001 9192 quoting your booking reference number. Once the full balance is paid the standard conditions of your fare type will apply.
  • If any payment(s) within the plan are unsuccessful, the booking will be cancelled which invalidates all related documents previously sent.
  • If you are booking a promotional fare then special payment terms and other conditions may apply.
  • Red Funnel reserve the right to alter or amend this conditions at any time

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Points of Interest

On both sides of the Solent, there’s lots to see and do whether you’re crossing for leisure, for work, or simply for a change of scenery. Explore points of interest on the Isle of Wight and in and around Southampton. 

Royal Pier Pavilion

Royal Pier Pavilion

This one’s easy to spot as you arrive at our Southampton ferry terminal, particularly at night when it’s lit up in purple lights! When Red Funnel was first formed, we ran a fleet of paddle steamers that operated excursions to destinations around the Island, and along the south coast. These departed from “Royal Pier”, and the impressive pavilion building is still in use as a restaurant.

Ocean Cruise Terminal

People walking on a ship

This striking landmark on Southampton’s waterfront is where you’ll find some of the world’s largest cruise ships docking. See if you can spot some of the famous Cunard and P&O Cruises vessels as you depart for the Island, and if you’re travelling in the late afternoon/early evening you might even get to sail alongside them as they depart Southampton for their global destinations.

Hythe Pier

Hythe Pier

The Hythe pier is difficult to miss, as at 640 metres in length, it’s the 7th longest in Britain. It is also the home of the world’s oldest working pier train, which links the village of Hythe and its marina to a small ferry that runs a regular service to the City of Southampton.

Netley Chapel

Netley Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park

This striking chapel, on the eastern side of the river, is all that now remains of one of Britain’s first purpose-built hospitals. Constructed for veterans of the Crimean War, the original 220-acre site was the largest of its time but was demolished after a fire in 1966. The site is now open to the public as part of Royal Victoria Country Park.

Calshot Castle

Calshot Castle

The picturesque Calshot Castle was originally built by Henry VIII to defend the entrance to Southampton waters. As our ferry reaches the Solent, the castle is easily visible at the end of Calshot Spit, which extends from the west into the main waters, with Calshot beach and its long row of beach huts visible further along.

Columbine Building

East Cowes aerial image

The striking Columbine building on the East Cowes waterfront has been a central point of Island industry for many years. Starting with Saunders Roe, which was involved in everything from sea planes, hovercrafts, and rockets, and is currently home to Wight Shipyard, which built two of Red Funnel’s Red Jet fleet. When you spot the iconic Union Jack doors, you’ve arrived on the Island!

Other Red Funnel Ferries

Aerial Image of the ferry

Southampton’s waters and the Solent are always busy with shipping movements, not least with our very own Red Funnel fleet. At peak time we will often have our three vehicle ferries, two Hi-Speed passenger ferries, and our freight ferry all out on the water – so watch out for them, and don’t forget to give our other passengers and crew a customary wave!

Cowes Castle

West cowes

As you approach the Island and arrive at Cowes Harbour, you’ll see another of Henry VIII’s forts, Cowes Castle. The castle is now home and clubhouse to the Royal Yacht Squadron, whose Club organises yacht racing as a principal feature of the now globally famous Cowes Week regatta. Look carefully at the front and you might see the cannons that are used for starting races.

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