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See real-time ferry service status and updates.

The Red Funnel team strives to keep our passengers updated about any potential travel disruptions, delays, or changes to service status. Below you’ll find our latest travel updates as well as the live status of the next 15 departures from the Isle of Wight and Southampton, along with our vessel map displaying the latest positions of our ferries.

Travel Updates

VEHICLE FERRY TIMETABLE - 20 JANUARY TO 20 MARCH

Due to essential maintenance work to be completed at our berth in East Cowes, we need to remove a small number of late-night crossings in each direction on select dates between 20 January and 20 March 2024.

To see all impacted dates and crossing times, please view our adjusted vehicle ferry timetable

RED JET TRAVEL - 20 JANUARY TO 16 MARCH

To further help ease the impact of our East Cowes works and offer customers another option to travel to and from the Island, we will be adding an additional late-night roundtrip to our Red Jet timetable on all Saturday nights, starting on 20 January, through to 16 March inclusive.

•    Departing Southampton: 23:40 
•    Departing West Cowes: 00:15

View latest Red Jet timetables

VEHICLE FERRY LIFTS

Are you due to travel on the Vehicle Ferry and need to use the lift on your crossing? Please call us on 023 8001 9192 in advance of your sailing for assistance.

From Southampton See Our Upcoming Sailings

From Isle of Wight See Our Upcoming Sailings

Date & Time Date Time Service Route Departing Arriving
23/02/2024 21:00 23/02/2024 21:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
23/02/2024 21:05 23/02/2024 21:05 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
23/02/2024 22:30 23/02/2024 22:30 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
23/02/2024 23:55 23/02/2024 23:55
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
24/02/2024 03:00 24/02/2024 03:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
24/02/2024 04:30 24/02/2024 04:30
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
24/02/2024 06:00 24/02/2024 06:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
24/02/2024 06:40 24/02/2024 06:40 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
24/02/2024 07:15 24/02/2024 07:15 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
24/02/2024 07:30 24/02/2024 07:30
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
24/02/2024 07:50 24/02/2024 07:50 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
24/02/2024 08:25 24/02/2024 08:25 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
24/02/2024 09:00 24/02/2024 09:00 RedJet
Southampton T2 West Cowes
Southampton T2 West Cowes
24/02/2024 09:00 24/02/2024 09:00
Southampton T1 East Cowes
Southampton T1 East Cowes
24/02/2024 09:35 24/02/2024 09:35 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.

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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.

Customer Reviews

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Efficient boarding
Thu, Feb 22 2024
1 2 3 4 5
The ferry ran extremely efficiently. Departure and arrival times were punctual. Service was easy to use.
Thu, Feb 22 2024
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The staff are happy which means that they must like the company they work for. Always willing to help and support your needs
Wed, Feb 21 2024