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How To Get To Southsea Hoverport

Located on the UK South Coast, Southsea is the ideal passenger gateway to the Isle of Wight and is easily accessible from all parts of the country by road and rail.

By Road

Head to Portsmouth and onto the M27. Join the M275 and continue past the continental ferry port towards Portsmouth. Follow the signs for Isle of Wight ferries, Seafront and Historic Waterfront. From here on, follow the signs for the hovercraft.

Sat Nav / GPS

Southsea, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth.  PO5 3AD.

Southsea Parking Charges:

'Southsea -The Esplanade' is a large council operated pay and display car park. It is situated directly opposite Southsea Hoverport with provision for long and short stay parking. Additional parking is available behind Clarence Pier funfair, adjacent to Southsea Common and further along the Esplanade from The Pyramids.

You can now pre-book discounted parking at The Esplanade Car Park using JustPark. Click here to pre book parking.  

Standard Season Tickets

Car Park Season Tickets are available for all Hovertravel Travel Card holders. To complete the form in advance download the attached PDF from the link above. Bring along your completed application form to either our Ryde or Southsea Hovertravel Terminals. Please take a look at the terms and conditions.

1 Month £102.00
3 Months £272.00
6 Months £523.00
12 Months £1015.00

Terms & Conditions

Hovertravel sells Seafront - The Esplanade Car Park Season Tickets on behalf of Portsmouth City Council, purely as a service to our regular and frequent customers. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for any issues relating to Seafront - The Esplanade Car Park, the car park season tickets or for the purchase of incorrect tickets.

Portsmouth City Council have asked us to stress the following:

  • The Car Park Season Ticket are available from Hovertravel’s terminals only, and is valid in the Seafront - The Esplanade car park ONLY
  • Car park season tickets MUST be displayed at all times
  • Car park tickets are NOT extendable

Meter Payments

These charges are meter payments - coins and credit cards are accepted. To pay using a mobile phone on arrival - dial 02392 980098 - location no. 1389.

Up to 1 hour £1.80
2 hours £3.10
3 hours £4.10
4 hours £5.00
6 hours £6.50
8 hours £8.50
All day £12.00

Scratchcard Permits

Scratchcard Permits are available for the 'Seafront, The Esplanade Car Park' Southsea. These are available from Southsea Hoverport. Please see terms and conditions.

Hovertravel sell scratchcards on behalf of the Council providing a cheaper and easier way for you to park your car.

2 day scratchcard (upto 48 hours) £23.00
Up to 4 days (upto 96 hours) £46.00

Terms & Conditions

Hovertravel sells two-day, four-day Seafront - The Esplanade Car Park permits to its passengers on behalf of Portsmouth City Council. Hovertravel does not accept any responsibility or liability for any issues relating to the Seafront - The Esplanade Car Park or the car park permits.

  • Permits non-refundable once issued
  • Permits are only valid for parking in Seafront - The Esplanade Car Park
  • Permits are valid for four or seven consecutive days, however they may be purchased in advance and validated when necessary
  • Permits are not extendable
  • Permits are only valid if correctly displayed
  • Permits are only valid if correctly completed
  • Permits do not guarantee a parking space. Cars parked other than in marked parking bays may be penalised


Weekend Park, Ride & Fly to the Isle of Wight

Park and RideYou can now park, ride & fly to the Isle of Wight! Hovertravel have teamed up with Portsmouth City Council to offer a park and ride facility in Portsmouth City Centre. Save money by using our special negotiated deal from Friday 6pm until Sunday midnight (maximum parking time 54 hours). You can park your car for just £20 and our Hoverbus will take you to the Southsea Hoverport in just 5 minutes. It couldn't be easier!  Hovertravel ticket to be purchased on top of £20 car park ticket.

Park and RideHow it works:
  • Once you have booked your hovercraft tickets, add a park, ride & fly ticket to your basket on the payment page 
  • The park, ride & fly ticket will be sent to the cardholders address - please allow 4 working days for postage
  • Use your park, ride & fly ticket on the Hoverbus for free of charge transfer to & from the Isle of Wight (just under 5 minutes from Isambard Brunel Road to Southsea Hoverport)

Click here to see a map indicating where the car park is situated (Alec Rose Lane, PO12BX). The red route outlines the route of the Hoverbus.

Click here for Portsmouth City Councils Instructions for Park & Ride

By Rail

Alight at Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station and follow the signs to the Hoverbus, bus stop C. You will cross the road by the zebra crossing leading you to the Hoverbus stop. Our specially operated Hoverbus Service will take you directly to our Southsea Terminal. The Hoverbus connects with our hovercraft and will make sure you are at the Hovercraft Terminal in time for your craft. It couldn’t be easier!

 By Bus

Our quick and frequent Hoverbus operates a circular service between Southsea Hoverport, The Hard Interchange (for Gunwharf Quays), Portsmouth Edinburgh Road (for City Centre and Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station) and Southsea Hoverport every 30 minutes. 


It is timed to connect with hovercraft arrivals and departures at Southsea terminal. If you have an all-inclusive ticket travel on the Hoverbus is free


For more information see here

How To Get To Ryde Hoverport

Ryde is the largest resort on the Isle of Wight situated on the North East side of the Island. It is ideally located for quick and convenient access to the Mainland and onward connections to London.

By Road

From Newport, follow the A3054 to Ryde. Once in Ryde, make your way to the Esplanade and we are situated next to the Ice Rink.

Sat Nav / GPS

Quay Road, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 2HB

There is a large council operated pay and display car park opposite the hovercraft terminal with spaces for disabled card holders near by.

Ryde Parking Charges:

Quay Road, Ryde has a large pay and display car park, owned and operated by the Isle of Wight Council and situated next to Ryde Hoverport with provision for long and short stay parking.

These charges are meter payments - coins and credit cards are accepted. To pay using a mobile phone on arrival - dial 01983 331331 - location no. 84038.
Up to 1/2 hour £0.60
1/2 to 1 hour £1.00
1 to 2 hours £1.90
2 to 4 hours £3.40
4 to 6 hours £4.50
12 hours £6.60

From 01 April 2014 the Isle of Wight Council will offer an All Island Car Park Permit.

The All Island Car Park Permit will be issued for a 12 month period for £295 which will allow parking for up to 6 hours in any Council long stay car park and for up to 2 hours in any Council short stay car park. 

All prices are subject to change. For up-to-date information on Long Term Parking Permit prices and Parking Charges, please contact the Isle of Wight Council Parking Services on (01983) 823714 or e-mail parking.services@iow.gov.uk.

By Bus

Southern Vectis operate all bus services on the Isle of Wight. Ryde Esplanade, just a 2 minute walk from Ryde Hoverport, is a central bus station which can connect you to Isle of Wight towns including Brading, Newport, Cowes, Sandown, Shanklin, Ventnor and many more.

View our combined Southern Vectis & Hovercraft tickets here

By Rail

Ryde Hoverport is situated adjacent to Ryde Esplanade Train Station. 

View our combined Island Line & Hovercraft tickets here


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