Freight ferries to Southampton

One of the most convenient methods of crossing the Solent Strait from the Isle of Wight to the English mainland is freight ferries to Southampton. Services on this ferry route are operated by Red Funnel. This company has been running Solent ferries for 150 years and is a leading operator with a reputation for professional service.

There are around 15 crossings a day with travel time of 55 minutes. Vessels depart at frequent intervals from early morning to late evening. Passengers with advance bookings need to be at the port in East Cowes between 30 and 60 minutes before scheduled departure time. The port at Trinity Road in East Cowes does have a ticketing office but pre-bookings usually work out cheaper.

Freight ferries to Southampton can be reserved on the internet or by calling Reservations at +44 844 8449988. Other amenities at East Cowes Port are machines that vend drinks and snacks, and visitor information. East Cowes Port can be accessed on the A3054 or the A3021.

Drivers should be careful that they go to East Cowes and not West Cowes as the bridge across the River Medina is barred to goods vehicles. Passengers on freight ferries to Southampton are given the chance of enjoying Red Funnel’s legendary breakfast, coffee, hot snacks or alcoholic beverages.

Incoming ferries berth at Southampton Port’s Terminal 1. There is parking near the terminal. The passenger lounge here has public telephones, vending machines and a café with gourmet coffee, light meals, newspapers and magazines on offer. At Southampton the M27 motorway is a quick journey from the port.

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