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The fast, friendly and frequent Isle of Wight connection

Established in 1965, Hovertravel is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. As the only passenger hovercraft service in Europe, it provides a unique way to travel between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Travelling at just 1.5 metres above the sea, this is the fastest ferry journey across the Solent. It is the world’s only scheduled passenger hovercraft and crosses to the Isle of Wight in just 10 minutes.


Hovertravel crosses the Solent from Southsea, Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight in under ten minutes.

Its craft hover over land and sea meaning that they don’t need a pier and can drop passengers off directly on the shore.

With terminals that are highly accessible for coach & bus transfers and with convenient parking close by, Hovertravel is ideal for a day trip or holiday on the Isle of Wight.

Hovertravel’s Hoverbus is the perfect way to travel around Portsmouth and Southsea and has fantastic rail connections.


Take advantage of Hovertravel’s group discounts, priority boarding, help from friendly staff and free luggage transfer.

Hovertravel has plenty of great value combined travel and attraction tickets for both the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

Travelling across the Solent on a cushion of air in under ten minutes with Hovertravel is a unique experience and with such quality service the hovercraft journey will be truly memorable.

A hovercraft of Hovertravel
Hovertravel’s hovercraft offer a frequent service to the Isle of Wight


Hovertravel offers a year-round passenger service. During commuter times there is a crossing every 15 minutes to make connecting onto onward transport even easier. Outside of these times, in the summer Hovertravel operate a crossing every 30 minutes and in the winter every hour.

Hovertravel Special Offers More..

£25 half-term day trip offer for  family travel with Hovertravel

£25 half-term day trip offer for family travel with Hovertravel

From 26 October until 1 November 2015, Hovertravel is offering a family day return for just £25 instead of the… More...

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Hovering for the very first time ... Hovertravel’s new addition

Hovering for the very first time ... Hovertravel’s new addition

Hovertravel are literally up in the air after the first of its two new craft hovered for the first time… More...

Hovertravel gets its kit off for charity

Hovertravel gets its kit off for charity

Hovertravel's Ryde terminal now has two collection bins for customers looking to donate clothing to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice. More...


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