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Water Taxis in Cowes Harbour, Isle of Wight

Water Taxis

The most common landing places for getting ashore by RIB, tender, or water taxi are Town Quay in West Cowes and Gridiron in East Cowes, however other locations can be used.

• Cowes Water Taxis Ltd - 29th March to 30th September 2018
Cowes Harbour (all areas)
VHF Channel 06
Tel: 07551 431993
Cowes to Folly: Call the Water Bus when needed on 07974 864627

April, May, June and September:
Monday to Friday 0900 to 2100
Saturday 0900 to 2330
Sunday 0900 to 1800

July and August:
Monday to Friday 0900 to 2300,
Saturday 0900 to 2330
Sunday 0900 to 2100

These are the minimum hours of operation, if business demands water taxis will operate later, particularly on high season weekends, Bank Holidays, the IW Festival, Lendy Cowes Week, and RTIR weekend.

In October and November Cowes Water Taxis will operate weekends only.

Cowes Water Taxis
Single fares only (see zoning diagram)

Zone A: Cowes Breakwater to Floating Bridge
Zone B: Floating Bridge to East Cowes Marina
Zone C: East Cowes Marina to G & J Pontoons Folly Reach
Fares 2018
Travel in 1 Zone£2.00 single
Travel in 2 Zones£3.00 single
Travel in 3 Zones£4.00 single
Town Quay/Trinity Landing to Outer Harbour Moorings£5.00 single
Children under 5 free & Children under 13 half price 
Out-of-hours service by negotiation 

Cowes Water Taxis zoning diagram
Cowes Water Taxis zoning diagram

Cowes Water Taxis - Fares 2018
FOLLY REACH - from Folly Pontoon North to:
Visitors Pontoon £3.00
A & D Pontoons £4.00
B & E Pontoons£4.50
C & F Pontoons£5.00
Medham Moorings£6.00
G Pontoon£7.00
J Pontoon£8.00

Cowes Water Taxis - Fares 2018
FOLLY REACH - from Folly Pontoon South to:
Single Return
North of Folly Light
South of Folly Light
Island Harbour marina£3.00
Town Quay / East Cowes Marina to Folly
* Note minimum fare after 2200hrs is £15.00

• Folly Waterbus

Folly Inn to Cowes or Newport.
VHF Channel 77
Tel: 07974 864627

• Folly Launch
Folly Reach Moorings to Folly Inn.
VHF Channel 72
Tel: 07884 400046

• Cowes Harbour Taxi - winter service only 2018-19
Cowes Harbour (all areas) 
VHF Channel 69 - Call Sign: HM1
Tel: 07855 767918 or via Cowes Harbour Shepards Marina on 01983 297821 

Operating hours from 2nd October to 1st Dec 2018 Monday to Friday 0900 to 1730
Operating hours from 2nd December 2018 until 30th March 2019 Monday to Sunday 0900 to 1730

Please Note:
• Children under 16 half fare.
• Pre-booking 24hrs in advance is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Cowes Harbour Taxi, although on standby, does not actively ply for trade. 
• The service may be available outside of normal operating hours subject to prior booking. 

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