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Hovertravel operates ferry services between England and Isle of Wight.

As well as comparing prices and times for Hovertravel, we'll also show you results for alternative operators, such as Wightlink to help you get the whole picture.

The only Hovertravel crossing is Southsea (England) to Ryde (Isle of Wight) with 27 crossings daily. Departures are available throughout the day between 6:15am and 8:45pm.

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Hovertravel Overview

Hovertravel is the world's longest running commercial hovercraft service and is the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in Europe. Hovertravel offers the fastest way to cross the Solent between Southsea, Portsmouth and Ryde, Isle of Wight. With Hovertravel you are taken directly to the shore of either Southsea or Ryde, giving you quick access to both ports. Onward travel connections are easily accessible from Southsea and Ryde. You can book cheap Hovertravel ferries online, check availability and the latest prices and then receive an instant email confirmations with AFerry.

Hovertravel provide a Hoverbus service which connects with the Hovercraft at Southsea and conveniently takes passengers to and from Portsmouth Harbour, Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth and Southsea City Centre. There are also large car parks at the terminal, coach parking nearby and National Express and Greyhound coach Stations opposite the terminal.

The hovercraft is a tourist attraction in its own right. Hovertravel was established in 1965 and over 26 million passengers have travelled on the service.

Hovertravel Fleet and Onboard Facilities

Hovertravel have two craft: Freedom 90 is of the API-88/100S designs, but the BHT130 Solent Express, which was introduced in 2007, marks one of Hovertravel's most significant achievements, being the first model to be entirely designed and built by sister company Hoverwork (now called Griffon Hoverwork Ltd). The BHT130 weighs 75 tonnes, carries 130 passengers and can travel at a speed of 45 knots although is capable of speeds in excess of this.

These hovercraft have spacious interiors and are designed to provide great comfort and reliability to the passengers even in adverse weather conditions.

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Hovertravel Ports


the Isle of Wight

  • Ryde

    Port Address: Quay Road, Ryde, Isle Of Wight.
    PO33 2HB

    Ryde Port


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