Whether you're arriving by boat, car or train you can't avoid crossing the water if you're coming from the mainland!
Arriving by boat?
East Cowes Marina is on the East Bank of the Medina river, approximately 500 metres south of the Floating Bridge. Enter Cowes via the main Western Channel (inner fairway) or the small craft Eastern Channel. There are tidal depth gauges on the piles at either end of the Eastern Channel. The first set of pontoons you arrive at is our visitor area. The outer side of the first pontoon is designated A1 with the inside of that same pontoon being A2, and so on into the shore.
Once you’re in the Medina River, call us on VHF channel 80 or on the phone 01983 293983, and we’ll allocate you a berth. We will almost always allocate a berth into the tidal stream to facilitate tying up. If you would like a hand with the lines, just give us a call and we’ll pop down to help.
Please keep an eye out for the tidal current through the marina. We have a 2 to 3 hour stand, and then the whole of the ebb occurs in the last 3 hours before low water! The best time to arrive with us (and to leave for that matter) is between half an hour before high water and two and a half hours after high water. This is obviously more critical during spring tides.
We want to ensure you are comfortable and have a great stay with us here at East Cowes Marina. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the berth we have allocated you please call us back and we will do our best to find an alternative.
East Cowes Marina, Britannia Way, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6UB.
Latitude: 50° 45.058’N
Longitude: 1° 17.438’W
Travelling by car?
Red Funnel car ferry services from Southampton Town Quay come right into East Cowes, and we are located just a 3 minute drive or 10 minute walk from the terminal. If you want to leave your car in Southampton, the Red Jet high-speed passenger service comes into West Cowes, this is approximately a 20 minute walk away, taking in the Cowes Chain Ferry which currently costs £1 each way.
Choosing public transport?
From Southampton Central train station there is a free bus service to Town Quay where you can catch either the Red Jet or the Car Ferry service. From Portsmouth Harbour station you can catch the Wightlink Fast Cat service to Ryde pier, and then the Number 4 Bus from the root of the pier. Alternatively, you can take the Car Ferry to Fishbourne and catch the Number 4 Bus from the end of the road there. Alternatively, taxi services are available.