Park and rideLast updated: 23 May 2012 15:33 UK
Portsmouth Park and ride service - runs every Saturday.
Our park and ride service will not run on bank holidays in 2012.
Park and ride is the easy, quick 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 go about every 10 minutes from the park and ride site at Lakeside, North Harbour.
They travel between the site and Gunwharf Quays, stopping at the city centre on the way. The last bus leaves Gunwharf at 6pm.
The service can zip along bus lanes for much of the route, so it’s quick. From the site, buses take about seven minutes to get to stop 1 in Edinburgh Road - for the city centre shopping area, Commercial Road and Cascades indoor shopping centre. Please note that journey times may vary.
Stop 2, about five minutes later, is at The Hard, for Gunwharf Quays, for the Spinnaker Tower and the Historic Dockyard. You can hop between the two stops as much as you like.
Please remember to take valuables with you when you park your car.
Below is the leaflet with all the details you need.
It only costs £2.50 per car to park all day, tickets are purchased from a machine which, only accepts the correct change. Alternatively you can pay for park and ride using RingGo by 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.
Unfortunately no bus passes can be used on the park and ride service.
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 full of character shopping areas have big high street names as well as independent stores. Top shopping streets include Palmerston Road, Albert Road and Marmion Road.
Here’s how the £1 Southsea ticket (50p for children) works:
- 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.
- For Palmerston Road or South Parade Pier take a number 1C or 40 bus from stand C in Commercial Road, or a 5, 5A, 6 or 6A from stand H at The Hard, near Gunwharf.
- For Albert Road take a number 17 bus from stand B in Edinburgh Road in the city centre, or stand F at The Hard, and return on a number 18.
See the leaflet below for more park and ride information.
Park and ride for special events
Great South Run 2012
Tickets for the park and ride service will be available for the Great South Run to be held 28 October 2012. Details of the park and ride service are unknown at this moment. This is being arranged by the event organisers and is available in conjunction with accommodation or as a transfer only service. More details are available from the Nirvana Europe website or alternatively you can call the Nirvana office on 0191 2571750 or email email@example.com