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East Cowes
Ferry to Isle of Wight
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Ferry from Southampton to Cowes

There are usually 19 daily and 129 weekly sailings between Southampton and Cowes. This ferry route is operated by Red Funnel. Southampton Cowes ferries cost between £52 and £251, depending on ticket details. Prices exclude any service fees. Ferry timetables change seasonally use our Deal Finder to get live pricing and availability for Southampton Cowes ferries.

Southampton Cowes Ferry Times

The earliest Southampton Cowes ferry sailings typically depart Southampton at around 03:00. The last ferry usually departs at 23:59.

How long is the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

Southampton Cowes Ferry sail durations on this ferry route can take around 1h 0m. The fastest sailings are approximately 1h 0m. Sailing times can vary, durations often differ between ferry operators and can be impacted by weather conditions.

Southampton Cowes Ferry Operator Schedules

There are an average of 19 daily sailings and up to 129 weekly ferry sailings from Southampton to Cowes. These sailings are provided by Red Funnel. Please keep in mind that ferry timetables often increase during the high season.

Southampton Cowes Ferry Prices

Southampton Cowes ferry prices typically range between £52* and £251*. The average price is typically £162*. The cheapest Southampton Cowes ferry prices start from £13*. The average price for a foot passenger is £56*. The average price for a car is £177*.

Pricing will vary depending on number of passengers, vehicle type, route and sailing times. Prices exclude service fees.

How far is it from Southampton to Cowes?

The distance between Southampton to Cowes is approximately 12.4 miles (20.0km) or 10.8 nautical miles.

Can I travel by car on the Southampton Cowes ferry?

Yes, Red Funnel allow cars on board ferries between Southampton and Cowes. Use our Deal Finder to get live pricing for car ferries between Southampton and Cowes.

Can I travel as a foot passenger from Southampton to Cowes?

Yes, foot passengers can travel with Red Funnel between Southampton and Cowes.

Can I take my pet on the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

Pets are currently not allowed on board the ferries from Southampton to Cowes.

For more information, please visit our Ferries from England to Isle of Wight page.
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Southampton - Cowes Route summary
Departure Country UK
Destination Country UK
No. of Operators 1
Operators Red Funnel
Average Price £162*
Average Daily Sailings 19
Average Weekly Sailings 129
Average Sailing Duration 1h 0m
First Ferry 03:00
Last Ferry 23:59
Distance 10 nautical miles

* Prices subject to change, pricing is taken from last 30 days, last updated 2024-04-02.

Most popular questions

How long is the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

The ferry crossing time from Southampton to Cowes is approximately 1h. Sailing durations may vary from season to season and by operator so we’d advise doing a live check.

How much is the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

Southampton to Cowes ferry price can differ depending on the season. The average price of a ferry from Southampton to Cowes is £163. Price exclusive of booking fees.

Which ferry companies operate between Southampton to Cowes?

There is 1 ferry operator for Southampton to Cowes and this is
  • Red Funnel

How can I book ferry tickets from Southampton to Cowes?

Book ferries from Southampton to Cowes through our deal finder and check our offers page to view the latest ferry offers.

Can you travel as a foot passenger on the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

Yes, you can travel as a foot passenger from Southampton to Cowes with
  • Red Funnel

Can you take your car on the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

Yes, you can travel with a vehicle from Southampton to Cowes with
  • Red Funnel

Can you bring pets on the ferry from Southampton to Cowes?

No, pets are not permitted onboard the ferries.

How far is Cowes from Southampton?

The distance between Southampton to Cowes is approximately 10 nautical Miles.

Southampton Guide

With an intriguing blend of rich history and vibrant culture, Southampton is more than just a port city. Being home to the SeaCity Museum and the Tudor House and Garden, it offers an interesting foray into the maritime past. The city also serves as a gateway to the scenic beauty of New Forest National Park, only a short drive away. From Southampton ferry port, you can easily reach London, Winchester, and Portsmouth within an hour or two by train or car. For those heading into the city centre, the QuayConnect bus service provides a convenient and eco-friendly way to travel, connecting the ferry port to the city's train station. Plus, November is a festive time here, with preparations for the annual Christmas market in full swing, making it a fantastic time to experience the city's festive cheer.

Cowes Guide

Anchoring on the Isle of Wight's northern coast, Cowes ferry port is a nautical gem drawing yachting enthusiasts worldwide. It is a gateway to the island's stunning landscapes, historic sites, and vibrant festivals like the Cowes Week sailing regatta. Beyond the ferry port, explore the opulent Osborne House, Queen Victoria's seaside palace, or unwind in the serenity of Ventnor Botanic Garden. From Cowes ferry port, you can embark on mainland sailings to Southampton or Portsmouth, with train connections to London. The Red Jet Hi-Speed Ferry whisks you to Southampton city centre in just 23 minutes. There's no need to worry about reaching the town, as regular bus services and taxis are readily available from Cowes ferry port. As the yuletide season approaches, the port city lights up with festive charm, from the Christmas market at Cowes Yacht Haven to the magical Osborne House Christmas festivities.

Which is better Southampton or Cowes?

Comparing Southampton and Cowes is subjective as it depends on individual preferences and needs. Southampton is a larger city with a population of over 250,000, offering a wide range of amenities such as shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment options. Cowes, being a smaller town, has a more intimate atmosphere and limited facilities. Southampton is located on the Solent coast and offers scenic walks along the shoreline. Cowes is situated on the northern coast of the Isle of Wight, providing beautiful views of the Solent and access to sandy beaches.Southampton hosts various events throughout the year, including music festivals, boat shows, and cultural celebrations. Cowes Week, mentioned earlier, is a major highlight in its social calendar, attracting sailors and visitors from around the world.

How many days in Cowes is enough?

The number of days to spend in Cowes depends on individual preferences and interests. Cowes is a charming town on the Isle of Wight known for its sailing heritage and lively atmosphere. For those interested in sailing, the annual Cowes Week regatta in August is a major attraction and could be a highlight of a visit. However, even without the regatta, there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Visitors can explore the town's maritime history at the Classic Boat Museum, take a stroll along the beachfront, or indulge in the local culinary scene. Additionally, Cowes serves as a great base for exploring the rest of the Isle of Wight, which offers beautiful coastal walks, historic sites, and picturesque villages. A stay of 2-3 days would allow visitors to experience the essence of Cowes and enjoy some of its main attractions. However, for those wishing to thoroughly explore both Cowes and the rest of the Isle of Wight, a week-long stay would provide ample time to enjoy all the area has to offer. Ultimately, the ideal number of days in Cowes depends on personal interests and how much time one wishes to allocate for their visit.


Southampton to Cowes Ferry Timetables

Ferry Timetables between 27/05/2024 and 02/06/2024


Operator Departure Time Arrival Time Duration Sailing Days
Red Funnel 03:00 04:00 1 hour Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Red Funnel 05:00 06:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 06:00 07:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 07:00 08:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 08:00 09:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 09:00 10:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 10:00 11:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 11:00 12:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 12:00 13:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 13:00 14:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 14:00 15:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 15:00 16:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 16:00 17:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 17:00 18:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 18:00 19:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 19:00 20:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 20:00 21:00 1 hour Sat
Red Funnel 20:15 21:15 1 hour Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sun
Red Funnel 21:00 22:00 1 hour Sat
Red Funnel 22:00 23:00 1 hour Everyday
Red Funnel 23:59 00:59 1 hour Everyday
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