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History

Hovertravel, the only scheduled hovercraft operator in the world, was launched in 1965 and is the fastest Isle of Wight ferry service across the Solent. It is the world’s longest running commercial hovercraft operator.

Hovertravel is the fastest way to travel between the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth and therefore provides the most environmentally friendly way to travel. The hovercraft uses the least amount of fuel compared to its competitors, which results in less drag and less friction.

Service

The Hovertravel terminals are located at Quay Road in Ryde, Isle of Wight, and Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, Portsmouth. The service takes under ten minutes and runs every half an hour between 06:15 and 21:00,  and also a 22:00 late crossing during summer months.

Hovertravel also operates a Hoverbus which runs between the Southsea Terminal and Gunwharf Quays and takes four minutes.  

Tickets can be purchased at Hovertravel terminals and can also be booked online at www.hovertravel.com.

The hovercraft can carry up to 78 passengers per crossing and has an allowance of 30 kilos per person, for baggage. Baggage can be stored in panniers of the craft or can be taken onboard and kept in luggage compartments for extra convenience.

Press & Filming Request

Filming opportunities

As the only year-round commercial passenger hovercraft service, Hovertravel offers a truly unique opportunity for film-makers to capture this amphibious mode of transport. The hovercraft’s ability to speed across water at up to 45 knots and glide effortlessly on to land creates a thrilling experience for both passengers and viewers.

It is possible to film the hovercraft in action on the Solent, onboard inside the light and airy passenger cabin as well as using the terminal facilities at both Ryde and Southsea, subject to operational constraints. We regularly host crews from the BBC, corporate video producers, independent TV production companies as well as international productions. Our hovercraft have featured in documentaries, comedies, promotional videos, corporate advertising and travel programmes around the world.

Hovertravel welcomes film crews, programme makers and news media to its operation and has a well-established procedure for all enquiries to ensure we adhere not just to our strict safety guidelines but also to all current and relevant regulations including GDPR.

It should also be noted that filming on or of our hovercraft is subject to the discretion of the pilot of that craft and they can delay or cancel planned filming if they consider the conditions on the day to be unsafe.

Editorial Requests

Accredited members of the media looking to film on our hovercraft or at our terminals for a relevant, current news story should contact our press office on 01252 850540 or at stephen@communicationmatters.co.uk 

All requests will be assessed and responded to within 24 hours.  If we can accommodate your request, you will be given an on-site health & safety briefing and will be accompanied by a Hovertravel team member for the duration of your visit.

Commercial Filming

Please allow at least five working days for all non-news and commercial requests. Hovertravel will charge an applicable fee for all commercial filming and photography - excluding accredited news media and any filming being done on behalf of Hovertravel's commercial partners. Public liability insurance is required for any filming or photography at Hovertravel.

Whilst we consider each request received, there will be times when we will be unable to accommodate your request due to safety or operational considerations. Please contact media@hovertravel.com 

 Commercial Filmimg Request Application Form

 

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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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