Travel & Transport
When it comes to connectivity, getting to and around Portsmouth couldn't be easier!
Portsmouth is served by 5 main line railway stations; Cosham and Hilsea stations are to the North of the City and provide easy access to some of our larger hotels, Fratton and Portsmouth & Southsea in the City Centre, and finally Portsmouth Harbour Station, which is situated directly next to the Gosport Ferry, Wightlink Catamaran port, and the Hard Interchange coach station. The Harbour station is also only a few minutes walk from both the Historic Dockyard, and Gunwharf Quays.
Direct train services run to both London Waterloo (with services via Guildford, Eastleigh and Basingstoke) and London Victoria (via Horsham), Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, and Brighton.
The M275 runs directly into the heart of the City, and connects to the A3 to London, and M27 to Southampton. Drive time from London is around 90 minutes, and from Southampton around 30 minutes.
The nearest airport is Southampton Airport
Domestic flight routes include Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast and the Channel Islands.
International routes include Paris, Amsterdam, Majorca, Dusseldorf, Ibiza, Malaga, Faro, and Verona.
Travel between Southampton Airport and Portsmouth is easy. The M27 offers a direct route with an average journey time of around 20 minutes. Southampton Airport Parkway rail station has trains to all Portsmouth stations connecting via Southampton Central, costing £10.90 for a single, and taking around 1 hour. The Airport rail station is also a collection point for the Megabus coach route to Portsmouth, journey time approximately 1 hour with fares around £3.30.
Coach & Bus
Situated right on the waterfront of the harbour, the newly re-built Hard Interchange serves as the primary coach terminal, and a hub for the City’s public buses. National Express runs a direct route from London Victoria Coach station up to 18 times per day, the fastest of which is approx. 1hr 25mins. Megabus operates a direct coach service to Newcastle, with stops at Southampton, Oxford, Coventry, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Middlesborough, and Sunderland.
Internally, Portsmouth is also served by a comprehensive bus network to make getting around the City as easy as possible. First Bus operates 13 different services in and around Portsmouth, including connections to Southampton, and nearby Fareham and Waterlooville. Stagecoach Bus also operate 8 routes locally, connecting the City Centre and Southsea to the North of the City, as well as Waterlooville, Havant, and Hayling Island.
If you’re travelling by sea, Portsmouth is a fantastically well connected City, both internationally and locally.
Portsmouth International Port which sits aside the M275 has direct ferry services to Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre and St Malo in France, Bilbao and Santander in Northern Spain, and to St Helier (Jersey) and St Peter Port (Guernsey) in the Channel Islands.
The Port also receives visits from up to 50 international cruise liners every year, serving as an embarkation and disembarkation point for thousands of travellers from all across the world, including the United States and all across Europe.
Closer to home, the City also has regular ferry connections to the Isle of Wight. Wightlink operate two different services. The catamaran service to Ryde for foot passengers only with an average crossing time of 22 minutes departs from Portsmouth Harbour Station, and the car ferry service to Fishbourne which crosses in approximately 45 minutes departs from the Wightlink terminal in Old Portsmouth.
Portsmouth is the proud home of the only regularly scheduled commercial passenger Hovercraft service. Hovertravel operate a regular service crossing the Solent to Ryde in only 10 minutes, with flights scheduled every 15 minutes in peak times, and every 30 minutes off peak.
The City also has direct ferry connections to both Gosport and Hayling Island. The Gosport Ferry departs from the Hard Interchange at Portsmouth Harbour station, and runs every 8 minutes at peak time, with a crossing of 4 minutes. The Hayling Ferry is one of the UK’s shortest ferry crossings covering only 300m but saves a miles-long journey to the southern end of Hayling Island. It departs from Eastney roughly every 40 minutes throughout the day.
Sometimes you may want to grab a taxi to get around the City. Portsmouth is served by three local taxi firms: Aqua Cars, Citywide, and Andicars; Uber also operate in the City. All four operate 24/7, and fares are roughly similar across the City. A standard journey of around 2 miles should cost in the region of £4-6.
If you’re driving to Portsmouth, but don’t want to bring your car into town, the Park and Ride service located adjacent to the M275 at Tipner provides a convenient shuttle bus into town. The service calls at Portsmouth International Port, several City Centre locations, and the Hard Interchange. The service operates ever 10-15 minutes, with travel time from the Park Ride to the Hard Interchange at less that 15 minutes.