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With a train every 30 mins from Portsmouth Harbour and an abundance of shopping areas to suit all tastes, London has it all. You can leave Ryde and arrive at Waterloo within 2 hours; its closer than you think. If you prefer to travel by coach National Express offer a pick up from Southsea Terminal at 0845, 0945 & 1000 direct to London Victoria with a journey time from just 2h5mins.

Travel Route

Hover -> Southsea, HoverBus -> Portsmouth Hard, Train -> London (total journey time approximately 2h)

Hovertravel Recommend:

Covent Garden Market - Speciality shops, crafts, piazzas and street performers.


Brighton & Hove offer retail therapy any time of the year. From the independent shops of the Lanes & North Laine to the unique shops of Hove and big name stores of Churchill Square & Brighton Marina shopping is second to non in Brighton. If you’re after vintage & retro gems and locally produced crafts the markets and fayres in the city are sure to satisfy. The easiest journey is by Southern Railways train, simply purchase your hover & train ticket at Ryde.

Travel Route

Hover -> Southsea, Hoverbus -> Portsmouth Hard, Train -> Brighton (total journey time approx 1hr 45mins) Trains depart Portsmouth Harbour at xx: 29* and xx:45 past the hour. (* = fast train)

Hovertravel recommend:

Did you know they say Brighton has enough restaurants to try a different one every day for a year! So we will leave it for you to find that special one, plus don’t miss the small coffee & cake shops in the lanes - yummy!! Enjoy!


Gunwharf Quays & Commercial Road

First stop on the Hoverbus takes you to The Hard which offers a convenient short walk into Gunwharf Quays. You can shop at over 95 designer outlets, eat in one of the cosmopolitan bars & restaurants and even catch a film at Vue or bowl at the 26 land Bowplex to unwind after a full day shopping. The next stop on the Hoverbus takes you to Commercial Road with high street shopping, traditional street market dating back centuries and Cascades the undercover shopping mall with nearly 60 stores.

Travel Route:

Hover -> Southsea, Hoverbus -> Portsmouth Hard, for Gunwharf Quays -> Hoverbus to Commercial Road -> Hoverbus to Southsea Terminal

Hovertravel recommend:

Gunwharf Quays– Dine at Frankie & Benny’s – American/Italian 50’s style chain offering a traditionally warm New York Italian welcome!

Commercial Road – German themed Christmas Market in December


Vibrant Guildford has no less than three undercover shopping malls, so if your visit coincides with inclement weather you can still shop till you drop, in comfort. With well-known high street brands and side streets filled with charming and quirky independent shops. Markets also take place on Fridays and Saturdays.

Travel Route:

Hover -> Southsea, Hoverbus -> Portsmouth Hard, Train -> Guildford (total journey time approximately 1h30 min) Trains depart Portsmouth Harbour at xx: 15 and xx:45 past the hour.

Hovertravel recommend:

Thai Terrace – rooftop restaurant overlooking Guildford & North Downs, contemporary menu.


Southsea provides a great mix of unique and boutique style shopping together with two department stores. The Palmerston Road, pedestrian area is home to well known brands and also offers places to dine or break for a coffee. In nearby Marmion Road & Osborne Road you’ll find interior design & shoe boutiques, chocolatiers & award winning jewellers. Less than 5 minutes away is cosmopolitan Albert Road which offers unique craft and vintage shops and has a wide variety of eateries and bars and is also home to Kings Theatre. Osborne Road & Marmion Road is just a 10 minute walk from the Hovertravel terminal and a great place to start before heading over onto Palmerston Road and then Albert Road.

Travel Route:

Hovertravel to Southsea -> Walk 10 mins, Osborne Road -> Walk 5 mins, Palmerstone Road -> Walk 5 mins, Albert Road

Hovertravel recommend:

The Daisy Chain, Marmion Road - shabby chic gifts, interior accessories & candles .

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