Hovertravel provides the fastest Isle of Wight ferry service across the Solent and is not only the world's longest running commercial hovercraft operator, but also the last remaining in Western Europe.

The Hovertravel passenger ferry service takes you directly to the shore at Southsea, in Portsmouth, or Ryde, on the Isle of Wight, in just ten minutes. Easy onward travel connections are available with the Hoverbus to Portsmouth, bus and train connections at Ryde, as well as large car parks at both ferry terminals. Taking you to a prime seafront location on the Isle of Wight, once ashore you’re within walking distance of Ryde’s superb beaches and charming boutiques.

Established in 1965, over twenty nine million passengers have used the hovercraft service; this has been made possible by the vessel’s ability to travel at extremely low tides, which are particularly common off the coast of Ryde. This also minimises travel time, as there is no need for docking at the third-of-a-mile-long pier. Choosing to sail with Hovertravel is, therefore, the most convenient way of traversing the Solent, a route commonly used by commuters, school children and tourists alike.

With directferries.co.uk you can find Hovertravel timetables, fares and book Hovertravel ferry tickets. Where applicable we’ll also compare Hovertravel with alternative ferry companies.

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Hovertravel Customer Reviews

  • "Day trip"

    Great service from staff and crew.Book on line if you can,so quick and easy.will definitely be using again .

    'Eddie' travelled with Hovertravel

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  • "Great trip! "

    Fabulous from start to finish - very impressive, quick and on-time! Thank-you

    'Anonymous' travelled with Hovertravel

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  • "What wonderful service!!"

    Recently I took the family to the Isle of Wight on a day trip. I decided that the hover route was most convenient as parking was close and having used the service before was confident that all would be well. I strongly recommend this service all aspects from ease of booking to price, punctuality and comfort were excellent. Give it a try.

    'Victor' travelled with Hovertravel

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  • "Excellent service"

    The staff were excellent, helpful and informative.

    'Michael' travelled with Hovertravel

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