Cowes ferry port in Isle of Wight connects you with Southampton in England with a choice of up to 10 ferry crossings per day. The duration of the Cowes to Southampton crossing is from 1 hour and the crossing is operated by Red Funnel.
Famed for its world famous yachting scene, Cowes Port has become a globally acknowledged centre of boat-building. Found on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight, Cowes Port is one of the smaller towns of the island, though possibly the most widely recognised due to its hugely popular yachting and royal connections.
Also known as the ‘Floating Bridge’, Cowes Chain Ferry carries foot passengers and vehicles on the short crossing to East Cowes, across the narrow mouth of the fast flowing River Medina. The ferry route runs frequently throughout the day, beginning very early in the morning and running till late in the evening.
The harbour has created several jobs around the town, contributing in excess of £25 million worth of revenue to the local economy.
Cowes features 2 ferry terminals separated by the river Medina. East Cowes terminal (vehicle ferry services from Southampton) is at Trinity Road, PO32 6RF while West Cowes terminal (Red Jet Hi-Speed foot passenger services from Southampton) is in Fountain Yard, PO31 7AR. A floating bridge (passengers & non-freight vehicles) connects East and West Cowes, avoiding an approximate 30-40 minute journey by road.
There is a taxi rank in Fountain Yard (tel. 0800 043 6343) just outside the entrance to Red Funnel's West Cowes terminal. Allow 15-20 minutes for a journey between West Cowes and Newport.
At East Cowes, taxis drop-off and pick-up just outside the terminal entrance.
Red Funnel's Hi-Speed Red Jet terminal (passenger only):
Fountain Yard, West Cowes. Postcode PO31 7AR.
Red Funnel's Vehicle Ferry terminal (includes foot passengers):
Trinity Road, East Cowes. Closest postcode PO32 6RA
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