Book Tickets Online


Hovertravel, the only scheduled Hovercraft operator in Europe, is the quickest way to reach the Isle of Wight. This fast service also has a frequent timetable starting from 6am and running throughout the day until 9pm. Hovertravel’s service is a speedy 10 minute flight across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.

Invented appropriately on the Island itself, the hovercraft remains one of the most iconic forms of transport, and travelling on the craft at 1.5 metres above the water and at speeds up to 30 knots is a unique experience not to be missed.

As the Isle of Wight has some of the best sandy beaches close to Portsmouth, a day trip can be as simple as a day on the beach. Less than five minutes walk from the Hover Terminal at Ryde on the Island is Appley Beach, offering a classic seaside setting. Here the sand and sea provide all the entertainment necessary for a wonderful beach outing.

If you want to experience some more of the Island then Southern Vectis, Island Line trains or even our Hovercycle's very own electric bikes provide plenty of options for getting around. Major attractions on the Island include Osborne House, Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, and the Isle of Wight Zoo.

Two very popular places to visit include Quarr Abbey, founded in 1132 and which is the site for the white stone used to build the Tower of London. There is also the Island's oldest tourist attraction; Shanklin Chine which is a picturesque leafy gorge, perfect for a tranquil moment of reflection as well as a great opportunity to see squirrels and rare plants against a backdrop of enchanting waterfalls.

Alongside the world class attractions, there are plenty of boutique shops and recommended restaurants to enjoy during a trip to the island. There is so much to do, that most visitors decide to stay for a few days or at the very least make a promise to return in the near future.

New for 2018 is the Gosport Excursion service. See the Hovertravel website for dates and further information.

Book Tickets


Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Open New Year
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special group rates
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Wi-fi available


Map & Directions


Type:Boat Trip

Hovertravel, Southsea Terminal, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3AD
Close window

Call direct on:

Tel0345 222 0461


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

Hovertravel (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

What's Nearby

  1. Clarence Pier Southsea is one of the largest amusement parks on the south coast and…

    0.07 miles away
  2. Three kilometres of promenade links Portsmouth’s historic waterfront.

    0.09 miles away
  3. Take on the Warrior and Victory trails at Portsmouth's seafront Adventure Golf attraction…

    0.09 miles away
  1. Explore Portsmouth on this self guided Mystery themed Treasure Trail. It will certainly…

    0.26 miles away
  2. Southsea Rowing Club is committed to providing a healthy, fun, competitive environment…

    0.26 miles away
  3. Discover this beautiful church in Old Portsmouth, which was partially destroyed during a…

    0.32 miles away
  4. Turn the streets of Portsmouth into a 'whodunnit' treasure hunt adventure!

    0.34 miles away
  5. The Square Tower is one of the oldest surviving parts of Portsmouth's fortifications,…

    0.4 miles away
  6. Take a voyage of discovery at Portsmouth Cathedral, and uncover over 800 years of history.

    0.4 miles away
  7. Southsea Common is a vast open space that was purchased from the War Department in 1922.…

    0.42 miles away
  8. Turn the streets of Southsea into a 'whodunnit' treasure hunt adventure!

    0.47 miles away
  9. The Hotwalls Studios brings local artists, designers and makers together, in an…

    0.47 miles away
  10. Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth,…

    0.49 miles away
  11. The Round Tower is one of Portsmouth's oldest permanent fortifications.

    0.5 miles away
  12. Head to the splash pool at Southsea for safe fun in the water along the seafront.

    0.5 miles away
Previous Next

Don't Miss