Our Hovercraft service is on operating on time, however our Hoverbus service is experiencing delays due to heavy traffic and carnivals. sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Standard Fares

Whether you're travelling for work, leisure or looking for the best value ticket for a family day out, you'll find it here. Hovertravel is the fastest Isle of Wight ferry route across the Solent, taking you directly to the shore at Southsea or Ryde under 10 minutes.

Our hoverports are conveniently located in Southsea and Ryde to connect you to your onwards destination. Our Hoverbus operates a circular route from outside our Southsea terminal making your journey with us quick and easy.

Book your flight online for the best value fares.

Standard Flight Fares

Ticket Type Adult
(5-15 Yrs)

Concessions & Seniors

Students Online Only

Infants (0-4 Yrs)

Day Return £28.00 £13.70 £18.60 £19.50 FREE †
Period Return (90 day return) £37.50 £17.60 £27.00 £27.80 FREE †
Single £21.50 £11.20 £15.00 £16.50 FREE †

Family Flight Fares

Ticket Type Price

Anytime Family Day Return

(max 2 adults & up to 3 children 5-15yrs)


Anytime Family Period Return

(max 2 adults & up to 3 children 5-15yrs)


One Adult Family Day Return

(max 1 adult up to 3 children)

† Please note infants & babies up to 4 years old travel for free, but do require to be included in your booking by selecting the 'Infant 0-4' passenger option when booking your ticket(s). Proof of age will be asked at Boarding Gate.
Please note there is a very limited range of tickets available in our terminals and prices may differ.

All fares and subject to our Booking Terms & Conditions

Fares Valid from August 2022

Unaccompanied Minors

Children aged 7 to 12 years can travel alone, providing they check in at the boarding gate with an adult and an adult is waiting in the arrival terminal to the collect the child. The adult in the arriving terminal must make themselves known to the staff before the child will be allowed to board.

If accompanying a child less than 7 years old, we offer reduced travel tickets through our Flexi ticket option - Flexi 10.  Alternatively, for one off journey's from the Island sign up for our FREE Island Resident Blue Card which offers up to 30% off standard fares. If you're a member of Portsmouth Library you can gain 20% off standard fares.

The luggage compartment is located at the front of the craft. If you have heavy or bulky luggage please speak to a member of the crew who will assist you and load large luggage onto the craft.

NOTE: Any baggage in excess of 30 kilos per passenger may be subject to an additional charge.  Out of gauge items will be carried subject to load and may have to be carried as freight at the applicable freight tariff.
Bicycles are carried free of charge to and from the Isle of Wight, however, we can usually carry up to four bicycles per hovercraft subject to freight and luggage. Please check if we have space for your bicycle(s) on the crossing you wish to travel on at the terminal before purchasing your ticket.

There is no pre-booking and it is provided on a first come first served basis only.
Dogs & Pets

Pets must be carried in RSPCA approved pet carriers or restrained by a harness/collar and lead whilst on board, and kept on the floor in the passenger area, not on the passenger seats. Owners are also requested to please ensure that their pet does not cause a nuisance to other passengers. Pets can travel free of charge on the hovercraft.

To allow for 'calls of nature', customers are recommended to allow sufficient time to exercise their pet before boarding the hovercraft.

IW Council Affordable Fares

Our IW Council Affordable Fares are available for Island Residents travelling from Ryde to Southsea who hold proof of low-income* which must be shown at the time of boarding along with matching photo ID. Select the book now button below and your discount will automatically apply.

This fare is only valid for the one passenger, accompanying passengers will need to make a separate standard fare passenger booking. 

Ticket Type Adult (16+)
Day Return £12.80
Period Return


Proof of low-income*

  • Housing benefit, Council Tax Support, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance (income based only)Employment Support Allowance (Income Related Only)
  • Pensioners in receipt of Pension Credit (Guaranteed Credit only)
  • Universal credit (but only if the claimant has an established entitlement of Housing Costs in their UC award)
  • Discount only valid to book online or via call centre - Not available in terminals.