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.