About This Attraction

Hovertravel provides the fastest Isle of Wight ferry service across the Solent and is the world’s longest running and only commercial hovercraft operator in Europe. The passenger ferry service takes you directly to the shore at Southsea or Ryde in just 10 minutes. Easy onward travel connections are available with their Hoverbus to Portsmouth, bus and train connections at Ryde plus large car parks at both terminals.

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

Open every day except Christmas Day

Day return

Adult (16+)




Students (Online only)


Why should I visit?

    • Fast – quickest way to cross the Solent
    • Frequent – regular crossings every 30 minutes
    • Friendly – best customer service delivered by uniformed professional staff


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Gift shop
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
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Where to find us


Hovertravel Limited
Quay Road
Isle of Wight
PO33 2HB


01983 717 700


[email protected]



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By road

Head to Portsmouth and onto the M27. Join the M275 and continue past the continental ferry port towards Portsmouth. Follow the signs for Isle of Wight ferries, Seafront and Historic Waterfront. From here on, follow the signs for the hovercraft.

By rail

Alight at Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station and follow the signs to the Hoverbus, bus stop C. You will cross the road by the zebra crossing leading you to the Hoverbus stop. The specially operated Hoverbus Service will take you directly to the Southsea Terminal for just £1.55 per child & £1.75 per adult. The Hoverbus connects with the hovercraft and will make sure you are at the Hovercraft Terminal in time for your craft. It couldn’t be easier!

Kids activities

harry hampshire

  • Unique form of transport
  • Watching the craft arrive and depart