Hovertravel Ltd is Europe's only scheduled hovercraft passenger service. In operation for almost 50 years, Hovertravel provides a vital ferry link for foot passengers between Ryde on the Isle of Wight, and Southsea, Portsmouth. With a journey time of less than 10 minutes, the hovercraft 'flies' customers across the Solent quicker than any other ferry operator.
Since the first pleasure trips in 1965, Hovertravel now operates approximately 70 crossings per day, carrying in excess of 900,000 passengers per annum. Operating later into the evening during the peak summer season has enabled Hovertravel to approach a range of commercial partners who in turn assist with creating promotional packages for Island and mainland residents.
One such success has been National Express, who is offering more return services from The Isle of Wight to London; this is ideal for Business commuters and offers a full day in London with late returns available. Hovertravel works with a number of travel partners including Stagecoach, Lucketts Coach Travel and South West Trains offering great value combination deals for customer including their Hovertravel returns.
Hovertravel also continue to run unscheduled charters for Weddings, Parties and Business Meetings to alternative locations such as Priory Bay, Bembridge and Sandown. Hovertravel’s customers range from the occasional to the frequent, from the tourist to the business person, and from the UK to international visitors. By evolving the operation to adapt to these differing customer needs, Hovertravel is leading the way in foot passenger ferries.