Red Funnel Ferry Services to Cowes on the Isle of Wight
Getting to the Isle of Wight is made easy by the choice of ferry, catamaran and hover travel services available. Car ferries run from Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington on the Hampshire mainland. Alternatively you can pick up fast hovercraft and catamaran services at Southsea, Portsmouth or Southampton. Services run throughout the year and you don't even need to book on the faster foot passengers services. Ferries cross the Solent to Isle of Wight landing at East Cowes, West Cowes, Fishbourne, Ryde and Yarmouth.
Southampton to Cowes - Car Ferry & Catamaran
Red Funnel Ferries run the Red Jet Hi-Speed passenger catamarans service to West Cowes. It's a foot passenger ferry service only and you don't need to book - just turn up and travel. The journey takes just 25 minutes and runs throughout the year, seven days a week. Red Funnel also run a car passenger ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes. Crossings depart hourly and take just under an hour. These are the largest ferries to the Isle of Wight and not only take foot passengers but all sizes of vehicles. Facilities on-board are extensive ranging from cafes and bars to a games area and outdoor deck. Pets and bikes travel free.
Wightlink Ferries - Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight
Portsmouth to Fishbourne & Ryde - Car Ferry & Catamaran
Wightlink operate year round car ferry and catamaran foot passenger services from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight. The modern catamaran service runs between Portsmouth and Ryde Pier Head with a journey time of just 20 minutes, and there are frequent crossing throughout the day. Wightlink's car ferry service between Portsmouth and Fishbourne takes just 45 minutes and operates round the clock, all year round. Car ferries are spacious which passenger lounges, an observation deck and cafe bar.
Lymington to Yarmouth Car Ferry
Wighlink operate the car ferry service between Lymington on the southern edge of the New Forest to Yarmouth on the west side of the Isle of Wight. This scenic crossing takes only 40 minutes, making it the fastest car ferry service across to the island. Frequent crossings run all year round from early morning to late into the evening.
Hovertravel - Southsea to Ryde in just 10 minutes!
Southsea, Portsmouth Hovertravel to Ryde
Hovertravel run a regular service between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Hovercraft run at least every half hour and this is the fastest route from the mainland to the island with a journey time of just 10 minutes - ideal for a day trip. It takes foot passengers only, although you can take your bike over free of charge. Southsea Hoverport is located along Clarence Esplanade, Postcode PO5 3AD. Pay and display parking is directly opposite the Hoverport with facilities for long and short stay parking. Additional public parking is also situated around nearby Clarence Pier funfair.
Cowes Chain Link Ferry
The little Cowes Ferry connects East Cowes to West Cowes, and is a chain link ferry also known as the Floating Bridge. It operates every day of the year from 5am on Monday to Saturday, and 6.35am on Sundays. The ferry takes foot passengers, cars, lorries and motorcycles until around midnight. You cannot pre-book but just turn up and board. Crossings are free to foot passengers and cyclists. Tolls are applicable for vehicles and are collected on board.
Isle of Wight Ferry Links
Accommodation on the Isle of Wight
per night (2 sharing)
Quiet bed and breakfast on the east coast of the Isle of Wight. Pet friendly. Close to a dog friendly beach. Private garden. Free Wi-Fi and parking. Guest room with a sea view.
Per week (guide price only)
Well appointed range of Isle of Wight holiday cottages ideal for couples, families & leisure groups. Great locations close to scenic beaches. Short breaks. Many pet friendly.
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 4
This detached cottage is located in Brighstone on the Isle of Wight and can sleep four people in two bedrooms.
Accommodation in Southampton
(0.3 miles from the centre of Southampton)
Per room, per night
Rating from 296 reviews
Newly refurbished Southampton hotel with chargeable car parking, ensuite double & family rooms, cash machine & 30 minutes free Wi-Fi provided. Breakfast box. Pet friendly.
(2.4 miles from the centre of Southampton)
Rating from 228 reviews
Located in Southampton, Hilton Southampton Hotel is convenient to Stoneham Golf Club and Southampton City Golf Course. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Woodmill Ou...
(3.5 miles from the centre of Southampton)
Rating from 284 reviews
Located in Southampton, Days Inn Southampton Rownhams is convenient to Romsey Golf Club and Southampton City Golf Course. This hotel is within close proximity of The Rapids and ...
Accommodation in Portsmouth
(1.0 miles from the centre of Portsmouth)
Per room, per night
Rating from 791 reviews
Newly refurbished Travelodge hotel in Portsmouth close to the ferry terminal to France & Channel Islands. Free parking, early check in/ late check out, Wi-Fi.
(2.3 miles from the centre of Portsmouth)
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Rating from 174 reviews
Affordable family friendly Travelodge hotel in Portsmouth, only 3.9 miles from the Royal Navy Museum with free parking, Toby Carvery, WiFi and optional breakfast box.
(7.9 miles from the centre of Portsmouth)
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Rating from 84 reviews
Welcoming budget Portsmouth hotel just north of the town with ensuite rooms, high speed WIFI, free parking & adjacent Harvester Restaurant. Great for family holidays. Pet friendly.
Accommodation in Lymington
(1.7 miles from the centre of Lymington)
Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
This charming ground floor cottage sits in the village of Boldre in the South of England, and sleeps 2 people in 1 bedroom.
(2.9 miles from the centre of Lymington)
Per person, per night B&B
Beautifully converted chapel offering 'self catering' B&B in Sway near Lymington. Charming rooms. Families welcome, ground floor accommodation.
(3.1 miles from the centre of Lymington)
Per person bed and breakfast
Charming New Forest Bed & Breakfast in Sway, 10 minutes from Lymington & Brockenhurst. Families welcome, dogs allowed. Free WiFi and parking. Garden, log fire and conservatory.
Accommodation in Southsea
(1.2 miles from the centre of Southsea)
Per Person Per Night (B&B)
Rating from 383 reviews
Award-winning B&B on the Old Portsmouth quayside with spectacular sea and harbour views. Luxury suites. Free WiFi and parking. Restaurants and bars nearby. Varied breakfast menu.
(0.9 miles from the centre of Southsea)
Per room per night
Rating from 644 reviews
In the centre of Old Portsmouth and surrounded by a wealth of sea faring history, including the ferry port, you will find our rooms the most welcoming stay away from home, whate...
(0.3 miles from the centre of Southsea)
Rating from 75 reviews
Abbey Lodge Guest House is in the heart of Southsea, walking distance from Wedgewood Rooms and Kings Theatre. This bed & breakfast is within close proximity of Blue Reef Aquariu...