Hovertravel is the fastest way to cross the Solent between Portsmouth (Southsea) and Ryde, on the Isle of Wight.
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Hovertravel, the Isle of Wight hovercraft, sails 40 times a day from Portsmouth (Southsea) in England to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. The crossing takes a mere 10 minutes. Hovertravel also provides a bus service connecting the arrival pier at Southsea to and from Portsmouth Harbour, Gunwharf Quays and Portsmouth and Southsea City Centre.
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Hovertravel - Pet Booking Information
To travel abroad with your pet, you will require a Pet Passport.
Pets must be carried in RSPCA approved pet carriers or restrained by a harness/collar and lead whilst on board, and kept on the floor in the passenger area, not on the passenger seats. Owners are also requested to please ensure that their pet does not cause a nuisance to other passengers. Pets can travel free of charge on the hovercraft.
To allow for 'calls of nature', customers are recommended to allow sufficient time to exercise their pet before boarding the hovercraft.
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Hovertravel offer the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in the Europe, with crossings between Southsea near Portsmouth and Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Hovertravel run a frequent service with a journey time of approximately 10 minutes.
2015 was a very significant year for Hovertravel, their 50th year of operation. Formed in 1965, Hovertravel has since then carried more than 29 million passengers on the service. The advantage of the hovercraft is that they can travel at extremely low tides, where it is impossible for any ship to approach. With Hovertravel, no matter what the tide is doing, passengers can embark and disembark in the right place, with no need to walk up and down a long pier.
For over 50 years, the hovercraft has been the fastest and most convenient way to cross the Solent, and Hovertravel is proud that it continues to provide its customers with this unique service.
Hovertravel provides a connecting ‘Hoverbus’ service from Southsea which takes passengers to and from Portsmouth Harbour, The Hard and Portsmouth and Southsea Train Stations. There are also car parks at the terminal, coach parking nearby and National Express and Lucketts coaches stopping opposite the terminal.