Southampton Ferry

Southampton ferry port in England connects you with Cowes in Isle of Wight with a choice of up to 10 ferry crossings per day. The duration of the Southampton to Cowes crossing is from 1 hour and the crossing is operated by Red Funnel.


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Southampton Ferry Services

  • Red Funnel
    • 69 Sailings Weekly 1 hr
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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.

How To Get To Southampton Ferry Port

  • Southampton Ferry Port by Car

    From the M25 (London), take the M3 direction Southampton. Then follow the signs to Ferries, the terminals are on Town Quay Road.
    From the West exit M27 J3. Follow the M271 and then A3024 to Southampton.
    Follow the signs to the Ferries, the terminals are on Town Quay Road.
    From the East exit M27 J7. Follow the A334 and then A3024 to Southampton.
    Follow the signs to the Ferries, the terminals are on Town Quay Road.

  • Southampton Ferry Port by Rail

    From London there are frequent services between Waterloo (via Clapham Junction, Woking, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton Airport) and Southampton Central taking a little over an hour.
    There are also frequent services from Scotland, the North, Midlands and Birmingham, South Wales through Bristol and Salisbury, Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth as well as services to Portsmouth and Brighton.
    Arriving by train, Southampton Central is served by rail services from all parts of the UK, from where the free CityLink shuttle bus will drop you outside either Red Funnel terminal.
    For more information and booking, please visit our trains to southampton page.

  • Southampton Ferry Port by Coach

    There is a frequent National Express service operating various coaches to Southampton ferry terminal from around the UK.
    For more information and booking, please visit our coaches to Southampton page

  • Southampton Ferry Port Parking

    Parking is available at the Town Quay Triangle car park off Platform Road and Town Quay Road. The City Council operate other public car parks in the Waterfront area.

  • Southampton Accommodation

    If you’re looking to spend a night at or near Southampton Ferry port before or after your trip or if you are looking for accommodation for your entire stay, please visit our Southampton Accommodation page for the best accommodation prices and one of the largest selections available online!