Park and rideLast updated: 24 February 2014 17:50 UK
For information on the new park-and-ride currently being built on the M275 and scheduled to open in spring, please go to the bottom of this page.
Portsmouth park and ride service runs every Saturday - the service is not available on weekdays, Sundays or bank holidays.
Portsmouth park and ride site is based at Lakeside, North Harbour, PO6 3EN - the service provides a quick, easy way for visitors and out-of-town shoppers to make the most of Portsmouth.
You can use the park and ride to get to Portsmouth city centre, Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and the Historic Dockyard:
- buses leave the park and ride site at Lakeside, North Harbour around every 10 minutes from 9am
- buses travel between the site and Gunwharf Quays, stopping at the city centre on the way
- the last bus leaves Gunwharf Quays at 6pm
- it only costs £2.50 per car to park all day (including up to 8 passengers)
The service zips along bus lanes for much of the route, so it’s quick:
- from the site, buses take about seven minutes to get to the first stop in Edinburgh Road - the city centre shopping area
- buses take a further five minutes to reach stop two - the Hard, for Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and Historic Dockyard
- you can hop between he two stops as much as you like
Please note - journey times may vary. Unfortunately no bus passes can be used on the park and ride service. Please remember to take valuables with you when you park your car.
Tickets are purchased from a machine which requires the correct change - alternatively, you can pay for park and ride with a credit or debit card using RingGo.
To pay for your park and ride ticket by phone, just call 023 9298 0098 and quote location code 1398 - shown on the signs and posters at the car park.
Once you have paid, the cost of the service is charged to your card and a text message is sent to your phone confirming the payment. Show this message to the driver when you get on the park and ride bus. A 30p convenience charge is made for using the service on top of the standard Park and Ride fee.
Special deal - travel on to Southsea for only £1 per adult
Southsea's visitor attractions include Clarence Pier, Blue Reef aquarium, the D-day Museum, Southsea Castle, the Pyramids centre, South Parade Pier, Canoe Lake, Cumberland House natural history museum and the Kings Theatre.
It's shopping areas are full of character, and include big high street names as well as independent stores. Top shopping streets include Palmerston Road, Albert Road and Marmion Road.
Here’s how to get to Southsea for an exta £1 per adult or 50p per child:
- when you get on the park and ride bus at Lakeside, ask for a Southsea add-on ticket
- after you get off the park and ride bus, get on an ordinary First bus to Southsea
- show your Southsea add-on ticket to the driver
If you don’t ask for an add-on ticket at Lakeside, you can always ask a park and ride driver for one later - you can make as many journeys as you like in the area bounded by the seafront, Pier Road, Kings Terrace, Kings Road, Elm Grove, Albert Road, Festing Road and St Helen's Parade.
Portsmouth's new park-and-ride is currently being built on the M275 entrance to the city and will open in spring 2014.
More than 650 parking spaces will surround the new terminal building and First will be operating a service with buses every 12 minutes at peak times.
Open seven days a week with stops for Portsmouth International Port; Charles Dickens birthplace; the city centre; and The Hard for the Historic Dockyard and Gunwharf Quays.
A fleet of brand-new double-decker buses with luxurious interiors; low floors for improved accessibility; information on Portsmouth's attractions; and free Wi-Fi, will service the park-and-ride
Priority parent and child and disabled parking spaces are available in addition to dedicated spaces with charging points for electric cars.
The terminal building will also offer free Wi-Fi along with real-time bus departure information; visitor information; and toilet facilities that are accessible to all.
Prices for using the park-and-ride will be announced in spring but will compare favourably with city centre car parking charges, particularly considering the convenience of the service which will avoid congestion coming into the city by using the new M275 bus lane.
We are still finalising some elements of the service and further information will appear here as it becomes available.
The current park-and-ride service from Lakeside North Harbour will stop running when this service begins.