Ferries to Isle of Wight
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Southampton - Cowes is one of our busiest routes - sailings regularly sell out at busy periods
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Southampton to Cowes Ferry

The Southampton Cowes ferry route connects England with Isle of Wight. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Red Funnel. The crossing operates up to 12 times each day with sailing durations from around 1 hour.

Southampton Cowes sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from England to Isle of Wight page.
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Most popular questions

  • The approximate duration for ferries from Southampton to Cowes is 1h. Durations can vary by operator and season.
  • Southampton to Cowes is approximately 100 €. We recommended booking in advance for the best price and availability.
  • There is 1 ferry operator for ferries from Southampton to Cowes and this is
    • Red Funnel
  • Book Southampton to Cowes tickets through our deal finder, where you can view the latest prices and schedules.
  • Yes, foot passengers are allowed onboard the ferries from Southampton to Cowes with
    • Red Funnel
  • Yes, you can travel with a car from Southampton to Cowes with the following operators
    • Red Funnel
  • Unfortunately, your pet dogs are not permitted on this ferry service.
  • Southampton to Cowes is approximately 10 nautical miles distance apart.

Southampton Guide

A glance at the map gives some idea of the strategic maritime importance of Southampton, which stands on a triangular peninsula formed at the place where the rivers Itchen and Test flow into Southampton Water, an eight-mile inlet from the Solent. Sure enough, Southampton has figured in numerous stirring events: it witnessed the exodus of Henry V's Agincourt-bound army, the Pilgrim Fathers' departure in the Mayflower in 1620 and the maiden voyages of such ships as the Queen Mary and the Titanic.
The Second World War hit Southampton particularly hard, because of its strategic importance as the major industrial area on the South Coast. Pockets of Georgian architecture remain, but much of the city was levelled. The accuracy of the locally-based Ordnance Survey's maps did not go unrecognised by the Luftwaffe: the German bomber pilots used them to bomb Southampton.

Cowes Guide

At the northern tip of the Isle of Wight, Cowes is inextricably associated with sailing craft: Henry VIII built a castle here to defend the Solent's expanding naval dockyards from the French and Spanish, and in the 1950s the world's first hovercraft made its test runs here. In 1820 the Prince Regent's patronage of the yacht club gave the port its cachet with the Royal Yacht Squadron , now one of the world's most exclusive sailing clubs, permitted to fly the St George's Ensign guaranteeing free entry to all foreign ports. Only its three hundred members and their guests are permitted within the hallowed precincts of the club house in the remains of Henry VIII's castle, and the club's landing stage is sacrosanct. The first week of August sees the international yachting festival known as Cowes Week , which visiting royalty turns into a high-society gala, although most summer weekends see some form of yachting or powerboat racing.

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