Red Funnel Car Ferry - Southampton to Isle of Wight Return - 20% OFF
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Red Funnel Car Ferry - Southampton to Isle of Wight Return - 20% OFF

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Found 10th Jan
Hi All,

I have family in the Isle of Wight so I always try and find the best price when it comes to getting the car ferry over.

I have found a really good deal this month which is cheaper than I have ever paid before.

Use the code(RT2017) which gives you 20% off the car ferry if you book by the end of January 2017 and the travel dates are before the 23rd of July 2017.

For example:

17th February @ 7:30 (Southampton) - 20th February @ 6pm (East Cowes) is £49.20

You can get it cheaper with earlier / later times also and then the price increases with peak times so choose the combination that suits you.

Red Funnel - 20% off stays of 2 nights or more with a car when you book by 31st January 2017 for travel by 23rd July 2017. Excludes 8th - 12th June 2017 (Isle of Wight Festival dates). Valid for standard cars.

Red Funnel discount code: RT2017

There are lots of other discounts available on this page also if needed: isleofwightguru.co.uk/dis…tml

Thanks,

Tet

25 Comments

HOW MUCH!!??

I can get the Ferry to France for that!!

Not dissing you, just another monopoly keeping the prices high I expect.

If I ever want to visit the "ill of Wigget", I suspect I will skip the ferry and swim, its not far.

There are 15% off codes around for a day return bookings, yours deal requires accommodation to be taken.

Really helpful thanks for our upcoming hols to IOW

Thanks, very Useful post. Wish I'd known this when my old Mum was around. The cost of IOW ferries are a nightmare for people with elderly , sick relatives on the island.

I use car ferries all over northern Europe, I can often get from Stockholm across to Finland on the Viking Line or Silja line cruisers , 10 hour crossing with car and cabin, for the price of the IOW ferry, something is amiss.

The Norwegian Fjord ferries operate drive-on-off automatic barriers with a small crew and a conductor who collects the fares during the crossing. The bonkers over-management of the minuscule IOW crossing is hilarious by comparison.

Can't wait for the IOW bridge or tunnel to be built.
The ferries there and back are so expensive.

Thanks for the info... Shame Bestival has moved, could have used the site to monitor for deals, hopefully Rob Da Bank starts a new festival on the IOW back how Bestival was in the old days.

Gentle_Giant

HOW MUCH!!??I can get the Ferry to France for that!!Not dissing you, just … HOW MUCH!!??I can get the Ferry to France for that!!Not dissing you, just another monopoly keeping the prices high I expect.If I ever want to visit the "ill of Wigget", I suspect I will skip the ferry and swim, its not far.



Not quite the market size to generate enough competition compared to Dover-Calais, I suspect!

Rickardo

Not quite the market size to generate enough competition compared to … Not quite the market size to generate enough competition compared to Dover-Calais, I suspect!



I have family on IOW and went to book a ferry over there in august. It was £150 return. Taking the pish is one way to describe the prices they charge

I agree with Rickardo. Ridiculous prices.
Edited by: "alexc100" 11th Jan

Same here, we have relatives in the IoW, and the ferry ticket is often the most expensive part of visiting them.
I had a look at studious Wightlink ltd published finances and they clearly made a ton of money.

KongDonkey

Can't wait for the IOW bridge or tunnel to be built.


That's never going to happen. A permanent crossing would cost billions.

SlightlyFoxed

That's never going to happen. A permanent crossing would cost billions.



​It's more about the residents not wanting it from what I remember when I lived near there.

Stena Line is a sheer joy for ferry travel over to the Netherlands.

Original Poster

Yeah it is pretty expensive considering the distance and paying normal price is almost the same as the euro tunnel which makes no sense! But I thought this might be helpful for people visiting family like me and wanted to get it cheaper. Also as pablomalin said - you can get 15% off for day visits too - but if you are going to see family, hopefully they let you stay with them like mine do! haha

Also remember - the foot ferry is cheaper considerably I believe, this is so you can take your car there and explore the island.
Edited by: "Tetsumi" 11th Jan

SlightlyFoxed

That's never going to happen. A permanent crossing would cost billions.



But with all the existing tourism infrastructure and cutting edge industry, surely that would pay for itself in a matter of years? - oh wait, it's the Isle of Wight we're talking about...

"The Isle of Wight - Twinned with Cloud Cuckoo Land."

...I'll get my coat

slipd

But with all the existing tourism infrastructure and cutting edge … But with all the existing tourism infrastructure and cutting edge industry, surely that would pay for itself in a matter of years? - oh wait, it's the Isle of Wight we're talking about..."The Isle of Wight - Twinned with Cloud Cuckoo Land."...I'll get my coat



It would not help the tourist industry. At the moment because of the crossing the people that travel there are high-value accommodation renting, dining, long stayers. A bridge would enable day trippers staying in Hampshire to bring a picnic and just drive back. So the available roads and parking would become overcrowded, people wouldn't spend much and make it a less attractive place.

A ferry operation has costs in vessel maintenance, staff, navigation fees, docking and harbour costs, regulatory costs are all consistent regardless of the crossing distance. The actual time spent sailing is the cheap bit. In the case of IoW 40 to 50 minutes.
But even so, I agree that the prices for Red Funnel and WightLink are ludicrous, especially at peak times. Most people who cross regularly with a car use the off peak times, much cheaper, easier and quicker on and off and less crowded passenger cabins. People booking accommodation, such as self catering often get their ferry crossing bundled in.

Fixed link will never happen. There is just no case for it that stands up to scrutiny.

Good deal, nice share.

alexc100

I have family on IOW and went to book a ferry over there in august. It … I have family on IOW and went to book a ferry over there in august. It was £150 return. Taking the pish is one way to describe the prices they chargeI agree with Rickardo. Ridiculous prices.



Try having family in Jersey... £300 return with a car over Christmas oO

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Tiny_Clanger

Try having family in Jersey... £300 return with a car over Christmas oO



Ouch!

Tiny_Clanger

Try having family in Jersey... £300 return with a car over Christmas oO



Pound for pound I think Red Funnel beats the Jersey ferry for rip-off pricing when you consider the distance that the ferry actually travels is actually under 1.5 miles. As I understand it the ferry to Jersey is about 100 miles? Both far too expensive mind you.
Edited by: "alexc100" 11th Jan

alexc100

Pound for pound I think Red Funnel beats the Jersey ferry for rip-off … Pound for pound I think Red Funnel beats the Jersey ferry for rip-off pricing when you consider the distance that the ferry actually travels is actually under 1.5 miles. As I understand it the ferry to Jersey is about 100 miles? Both far too expensive mind you.



The Red Funnel car ferry travels 9.9 miles from Southampton, down Southampton water and across the Solent to East Cowes.
The shortest crossing is the 40 minutes, 4.5 miles from Lymington to Yarmouth, which is a Wightlink service.

Edited by: "androoski" 11th Jan

Gentle_Giant

HOW MUCH!!??



I believe it's renowned as the world's most expensive ferry service per mile. Something to be proud of.

I can look out of my bedroom window and see the IOW just a stones throw away almost, yet sooo expensive to get to. It's the 'Corkheads/Caulkheads' who have prevented a bridge crossing over the years.They prefer to be detached as they're not willing to get into the 21st century....some parts of the IOW are like stepping back in time 30-40 years and that's the way they like it.
Cheaper way to get to the IOW is to use the other ferry company, WIghtlink and use Tesco Clubcard deals if you have points. Each £5 in vouchers is worth £15 towards ticket cost. I used them in August, only booked two days before travel and cost me £29.95 in real terms with car and 2 pax.

Edited by: "exel1966" 11th Jan

Original Poster

exel1966

I can look out of my bedroom window and see the IOW just a stones throw … I can look out of my bedroom window and see the IOW just a stones throw away almost, yet sooo expensive to get to. It's the 'Corkheads/Caulkheads' who have prevented a bridge crossing over the years.They prefer to be detached as they're not willing to get into the 21st century....some parts of the IOW are like stepping back in time 30-40 years and that's the way they like it.Cheaper way to get to the IOW is to use the other ferry company, WIghtlink and use Tesco Clubcard deals if you have points. Each £5 in vouchers is worth £15 towards ticket cost. I used them in August, only booked two days before travel and cost me £29.95 in real terms with car and 2 pax.



I didnt realise TESCO did the vouchers for wightlink - will try that next time and see if its cheaper - I did check wightlink with a 20% code but they came up about £15-20 more than red funell - plus for me southampton is closer than the wightlink places and I have used red funnel many times and know that my "low" car just about gets on board!

I empathise with people having family on the Isle of Wight and needing to use these pirates to get across. Red Funnel operate what is widely recognised as the most expensive ferry *in the world*, mile for mile. A 'deal' from Red Funnel is better described as 'A mildly less robbing experience'. Not voted

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67traveller

I empathise with people having family on the Isle of Wight and needing to … I empathise with people having family on the Isle of Wight and needing to use these pirates to get across. Red Funnel operate what is widely recognised as the most expensive ferry *in the world*, mile for mile. A 'deal' from Red Funnel is better described as 'A mildly less robbing experience'. Not voted



Understood and I appreciate your opinion - you are right - but for those of us who do need to pay it, this deal can help

And title should be amended as you need accomodation to get 20%.

PS Book here and get 15% off car bookings redfunnel.co.uk/201…fer
Edited by: "pablomalin" 12th Jan

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pablomalin

And title should be amended as you need accomodation to get 20%.PS Book … And title should be amended as you need accomodation to get 20%.PS Book here and get 15% off car bookings http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/2017offer



You are wrong.. im staying with family and got 20% off....

You dont need to book accommodation to get the 20% off - i have booked just the ferry with 20% off - you are saying that it is a requirement to book a hotel or something at the same time, which is not the case here.
Edited by: "Tetsumi" 16th Jan
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