Travel to the show is straightforward, fast and efficient via Red Funnel Ferries Hi-Speed Red Jet service from Southampton which takes just 23 minutes. These ferries leave every half an hour. Red Funnel provide specially discounted fares for those visiting the show – this year this is by means of presentation of your discount voucher – this is obtained in advance free of charge by clicking here

If you are bringing a vehicle, you can catch the vehicle ferry service from Southampton to East Cowes, taking 55 minutes, generally an hourly service.

For families, travel on the ferry just adds to the fun!

Travel by foot ferry: please go to the Tickets section.

Visitors by RIB:

We are delighted to welcome visitors arriving by RIB. Provision has been made for a good supply of Visitors day berthing. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis at the cost of £12 which includes docking for one boat and entrance to the show for the skipper. Other crew members will need to pay the regular ticket entrance amount at the show entrance. Skippers should be willing to raft against other RIBs thus maximizing space available to visitors.

Vehicle Travel:

Click Here for – Vehicle Ferry & Red Jet Passenger Ferry Timetable

For exhibitors and visitors wishing to bring a vehicle to RIBEX, Red Funnel is offering discounted ferry travel. Telephone Red Funnel Ferries Freight Department on 0844 844 2666(option 1) quoting the following code RIB2X in advance.

When calling Red Funnel, please make it clear that you are Visiting or Exhibiting at RIBEX and would like discounted travel.

To access the 20% discounted tariff for this year, travel will need to be before 0900 hours or after 1700 hours in both directions, outside of these timings the Standard fare will apply.

As guide return prices are currently:

Car + 4 people – both directions – prices start from £30.00

Special Rates will be available for Trailers.


Prices are based on single leg rates and depend on:-

  1. a) Date of Travel:-

If traveling in the Mid Season (spring/autumn), 31 Mar to 20 July and 1-29 Sep, fares are cheaper if going on Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun.

  1. b) Time of Travel:-

Day return fares from Southampton are cheaper after 0800 hrs. Tickets for overnight, 5-day return or extended stays are at their lowest when bookings are for outward and return travel between 1900-0659 hrs on Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu in Mid Season.

  1. c) Availability:-

Book as early as possible to get the lowest price, as availability for each fare band is limited and can be taken quickly over weekends. All fares are generally cheaper when booked at least the day before departure.

International Travel:

Fly into Southampton International Airport. Take a taxi to Red Funnel High-Speed Jet Ferry Terminal, Southampton (15 minutes). See above for Ferry information.

For Exhibitors & Visitors wishing to bring a vehicle, Red Funnel is pleased to offer discounted ferry travel. To find the best price for your travel needs, call Red Funnel for a tailored price. If the booking system quotes a higher fare than stated below, this is because the space at the lower fare has already been taken – try choosing a different sailing time or date to see if you can find the lowest price.

Which is the best form of travel?

It’s hard to say which one of the forms of travel, you can use to arrive at the festival, is the best as all of them offer unique advantages. Providers of said types of transport introduce new options every year which is why you should always re-check them as it might save you some money.