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About Hovertravel

About us

Hovertravel is the world’s only year-round scheduled commercial passenger hovercraft service.  Linking Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde, Isle of Wight with a journey time of under ten minutes, Hovertravel is also the fastest ferry across the Solent and our fully accessible 78-seater hovercraft takes you directly to the shore at Southsea or Ryde.

Established in 1965, it is the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft service and is visited by customers seeking a unique experience, from all around the globe. 

Whether it is carrying commuters and school children between Ryde and Southsea, enabling those who live on the Isle of Wight to shop in Portsmouth, access medical facilities, travel to London, bringing tourists to the Isle of Wight, or transport concert-goers to the famous Isle of Wight Festival, the hovercraft is the fastest and easiest way to travel across the Solent, going directly from shore to shore, with the need for a pier.

This unique form of transport, invented by Sir Christopher Cockerel, offers an exciting flying experience, with the hovercraft travelling at 1.5 metres above the waves, at up to 40 knots. The fleet of two 12000 TD are twin engine vessels, with bright and spacious passenger cabins giving excellent views of the Solent through large picture windows from state-of-the-art comfortable seating.  

Hovertravel provides a ‘Hoverbus’ service which connects with the hovercraft at Southsea and conveniently takes passengers to and from Portsmouth Harbour, The Hard and Portsmouth & Southsea Train Stations.  There are also large car parks at both terminals, coach parking nearby and National Express and Lucketts coach stops directly opposite the Southsea terminal.

Once on the Isle of Wight you will land in a prime seafront position, alongside Ryde’s splendid beaches and boutique shops, where travel links including the train link to Shanklin and buses to other parts of the Island, are next to the terminal. Hovertravel offers great value all-inclusive travel and attraction tickets to incorporate the Island's buses and trains and entrance to many superb attractions from historical manors and steam trains to adventure and animal parks.  

We also offer private hire with customised itineraries for corporate awaydays, charters, weddings or commercial filming opportunities.

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Hovertravel Ltd Company registered in England, UK. Company Registration 830401. VAT Registration 107-3428-91. Hovertravel Registered Trade Mark number 2614882 and Hovertravel logo registered trade mark number 2630390. Registered Office: Encombe House, Estate Office, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5LW, England.

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