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Hovertravel is the fastest ferry service between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight and is the world's only commercial passenger hovercraft service. The thrill of flying on a cushion of air just 1.5 metres above the waves at speeds of up to 45 knots is an exhilarating experience. When the hovercraft swings round to glide from the beach to the sea, the smooth transition is unlike any other boat or ship.


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Check-in closes 5 minutes prior to departure.

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      Hovertravel Overview

      Once on-board the passenger cabin is bright and spacious and the large picture windows give great views of the Solent, including a huge variety of marine traffic to watch plus a couple of historic forts built in the late 1800s. The speedy hovercraft takes just 10 minutes to cross between Ryde and Southsea (Portsmouth) and transports passengers from shore to shore with no need for piers or pontoons. It is literally a case of being on the vessel for a few minutes before you are on the island and are getting off again.

      There are large car parks at both terminals, bus connections and a convenient Hoverbus service from Portsmouth train stations direct to Southsea Terminal. Ryde Terminal is next to Ryde's Train and Bus station. Hovertravel is part of the national rail network which means you can buy a single, day return or period return fare from any train station, self-service ticket machine or rail appointed travel agent which includes your hovercraft travel between Portsmouth & Isle of Wight, and Hoverbus transfer, plus your onward travel on the Isle of Wight (just ensure your tickets state `Ryde Hoverport' or route `via Hovertravel'). Hovertravel is also travel partners with National Express and Southern Vectis which means you can buy an all-inclusive ticket from anywhere in the UK to any destination on the Isle of Wight including your Hovertravel service between Ryde.

      Hovertravel operates every 30 mins between April & October, and hourly during the Winter months (November - March) carrying up to 78 passengers per crossing. All passengers will receive help with luggage from friendly staff. Passengers who require that extra bit of help can take advantage of the HoverCare Scheme. The hovercraft can carry one wheelchair per crossing and allows pets to travel with their owners. Up to four bikes are allowed, subject to other freight and luggage and are provided on a first come- first served basis. Hovertravel also offer great value on all-inclusive travel & attractions tickets and offer discounts for groups of over 8 persons. Whether you have already planned your visit and are looking for a unique transportation experience or want to travel to the Island on the fastest ferry service, a flight with Hovertravel will add a unique memory to your trip.


      • 19 Dec 2017
        Virgin trip
        • This was my first trip on a hovercraft, though short, it was extremely enjoyable, definitely do it again .

          Review by HILARY KINGSTON

      • 19 Nov 2017
        Amazing service as ever
        • Always on time and smooth transition from island to mainland.

          Review by KEVIN YOUNG

      • 13 Dec 2016
        excellent service
        • I would like to thank all your staff for the excellent service and easy journey to and from the island.

          Review by andy r

      • 25 Aug 2015
        Family Visit
        • Terrific price that enabled us to visit family. Staff very helpful with wheelchair.

          Review by PETER ANTROBUS

      • 11 Nov 2014
        Lunch on the island
        • Very easy and straightforward trip.

          Review by Christopher Dixon

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