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Red Funnel Ferries

Terminal 1 Town Quay | Dock Gate 7, Southampton SO14 2AQ, England
+44 23 8001 9192
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nice ride to the Isle of Wight

We used the ferry to get to the Isle of Wight for a day of exploration of the island. Among the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Barbara H
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Homosassa, Florida
A good way to get to IoW - although not many alternatives!

From Southampton, this is the quickest way to the island and it is quite good. Staff were friendly... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jimnmel
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Red Funnel has a proud history of serving the Isle of Wight since 1820, carrying 3.4 million passengers to the Island each year. We have won awards for safety, innovation & service including Certificates of Excellence from Trip Advisor every year since 2013. Choose between two stunning routes: our Southampton-East Cowes (former home of Queen Victoria) service takes 55 min, operates 365 days/year and carries vehicles & passengers. On board, enjoy free Wi-Fi, hot & cold food, a bar & coffee shops, or upgrade to the Signature Lounge, for a quieter club class experience. Our 2nd route connects Southampton to the world-famous yacht racing town of West Cowes. Our modern ‘Red Jet’ Hi-Speed catamarans take just 23 min to cross the Solent. Our entire fleet is dog friendly. Look to us for expert travel advice, accommodation bookings, attraction & event tickets. The opening times displayed are our contact center hours.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Terminal 1 Town Quay | Dock Gate 7, Southampton SO14 2AQ, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used the ferry to get to the Isle of Wight for a day of exploration of the island. Among the things we did was visit the Osborne Palace - a little travelling by bus , lunch, and returning on the high speed ferry.More

Thank Barbara H
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Barbara H, Naturally, at Red Funnel, our mission is to ensure our customers are very happy, so it is fantastic to read that you are. The Island is full of interesting places to see and visit, and we look forward to serving you again...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From Southampton, this is the quickest way to the island and it is quite good. Staff were friendly and efficient getting cars on board and it was punctual. The cafe has good food. The fried breakfast looked nice and I regretted having eaten breakfast an...More

Thank Jimnmel
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Jimnmel, Your feedback is exactly what we like to hear. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience with us. Warmest regards Sandra Customer Services

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having always used 'Priority Boarding' Facility for many years I was dissapointed that no one was facilitating the parking on the upper deck - as a result the car behind went into the back of my car - not impressed!

Thank S9288OFroberts
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear S9288OFroberts, We are sorry to hear of his. Please call 02380 019192 and ask for Michele so we can look into this for you. Regards Sandra Customer Services

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have a holiday home on the island and are frequent visitors. Although usual comfortable and on time travel,the increasing astronomical prices are getting unreasonableMore

Thank j0staley
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear j0staley, Thank you for the lovely review. As an island home owner and frequent visitor there are a number of ways you can find a good deal on your ferry travel if you are willing to be flexible. If you contact a member of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the Red Funnel ferries on the route from Southampton to East Cowes. Boarding was efficient and we were soon sipping a coffee in the smart modern lounge. The stairs between floors are steep but there is a lift for less mobile passengers. The...More

Thank Dawn on holiday
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Dawn, Thank you for the wonderful 5* review. It is always fantastic to know when we have done well and we very much appreciate that you have, so kindly, taken the time to say so. We look forward to seeing you in the future....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time I have used this service and I have to say it was a great experience.The staff were very friendly and helpful and the Captain kept passengers informed of some rough areas on the Solent that was setting car alarms off.I...More

Thank Amanda F
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Amanda F, Thanks for the 5* review. Your positive feedback allows us to know our efforts are appreciated. Thank you very much. Kindest regards, Sandra Customer Services

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well organise for loading and unloading. The most annoying part is it is expensive and when we wanted to return early it cost us an additional charge although the ferry was half empty.More

Thank lesleyj_morgan
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Lesleyj_morgan, Thank you for taking the time in leaving us your lovely review, it is appreciated. The reason you may be charged (and why the amount can be different each time) to travel on an earlier or later sailing to the one booked is...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We use Red funnel regularly as we live on the IOW and find their service and staff far superior to the other operators. We, like most islanders, complain about the cost and would like to see better prices. So you may be surprised to find...More

Thank Alan J
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Alan J, Thank you for your wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Signature Lounge. Your comments echo so many other passengers that have taken the plunge and upgraded. The Signature Lounge was formulated after in-depth customer consultation, which found a desire...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great value off peak two for one day return. It works out cheaper than two singles. Great boarding process. Quick, very clean and comfortable. Very impressed.

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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear rftu, Thank you for the 5* review, it is appreciated, and we look forward to serving you again in the future. Kind regards Sandra Customer Services

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well run Ferry. Seating can be a bit tight if your one if the last to arrive. But it’s only an hour. Could do with a speedier food drink service at busy times. Very efficient prompt timetable. Takes longer than Wight Link from Portsmouth...More

Thank ajf632017
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RF_CustomerServices, Manager at Red Funnel Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello ajf632017 Thank you for travelling with Red Funnel and for sharing your experience. We pride ourselves to be the leading travel services to and from the Island so its always a pleasure to hear our customers praise our service. If you are ever on...More

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Bear_Claire86
29 March 2018|
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Response from Derek A | Reviewed this property |
No, if you have a booking and arrive at least half hour before the boat sails you will get on. I have arrived 10 minutes before the earlier boat leaves and been bumped up many times as I have to leave well in time in case... More
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Rachel S
29 December 2017|
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Response from RF_CustomerServices | Property representative |
Hello Rachel, Sorry for the late reply. In future if you have any questions that need an instant answer please do not hesitate to give us a call on 02380 019192, or alternatively reach out to us by Facebook or Twitter and... More
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Ontariosue
7 June 2017|
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Response from RF_CustomerServices | Property representative |
Hello Sue. We have 2 services to the Isle of Wight. The car ferry (taking an hour) or the Red Jet taking 25 mins. The ferry goes into East Cowes which is very close to Osbourne House, the home of Queen Victoria. The Red Jet... More
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