How to get to Cowes

There are regular ferries to and from the Island and even during Lendy Cowes Week there is no need to book as a foot passenger. If you plan to bring a car to the Island remember that parking in Cowes is very limited and bookings are essential.

Car Ferry

Red Funnel Ferries

Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, SO14 2AL

The car ferry runs from Southampton to East Cowes. The journey takes 55 minutes and departures are every hour in the summer. The terminal in Southampton is very easy to get to, just follow the A303/A36 or A35/A31 from the West, the M3/A34/M40 from the North or M27/A27/A3 from the East. A floating bridge for both foot passengers & vehicles connects East and West Cowes across the River Medina

+44 844 844 9988 & +44 7496 363369

Foot Passengers

Red Jet Hi-Speed Service

Terminal 2, Town Quay, SO14 2AQ

The Red Jet runs from Southampton to West Cowes.There are sailings every 30 minutes at peak times including Saturdays and every 60 minutes at off-peak times. The crossing takes under 25 minutes at speeds up to 40 knots!

+44 844 844 9988 & +44 7496 363369
Lymington - Cowes Rib Service

Lymington Town Harbour Masters Pontoon, Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3SE

A special return service by RIB is running once a day between Lymington Yacht Haven and Trinity Landing Cowes from Saturday 10th to Fri 16th. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes. Departure times are as follows:

Lymington to Cowes : 0800
Cowes to Lymington : 1800

Passengers should meet outside the Ancaster Marine Brokers office (below the Haven Bistro and Marina office) for a safety briefing at 0745

By Air

For visitors from abroad, the nearest airports are either Eastleigh (Southampton) or Hurn (Bournemouth) but all of the London airports are within easy reach by taxi or train.


If you do decide to bring your car across to the Island for the regatta, or if you are planning on driving across to Cowes from another Island location, then parking is provided in the grassed areas at Northwood House (off Ward Avenue), courtesy of the Northwood House Trustees and Cowes Carnival. All proceeds go to the restoration of Northwood House.