Public transport informationLast updated: 21 November 2013 13:49 UK
Here you will find information and links for the range of public transport in Portsmouth. Download maps showing where to find taxis and all public transport routes in the associated documents section below.
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Portsmouth bus routes are covered by two bus operators: Stagecoach and First Bus. Long-distance journeys coach operators National Express and megabus operate from the coach and bus interchange at The Hard in Portsea, next to Portsmouth Harbour train station.
Portsmouth City Council operate a Park & Ride bus service every Saturday, providing a quick, easy way for visitors and out-of-town shoppers to get to Portsmouth city centre, Gunwharf Quays, the Spinnaker Tower and the Historic Dockyard.
There is a leaflet below showing which buses to use for all three Portsmouth hospitals: Queen Alexandra, St Mary's and St James'.
Portsmouth has strong rail links with London, Southampton and both the south east and south west coastal routes with four mainline railway stations. The direct rail link to London takes one and a half hours.
- Portsmouth Harbour railway station serves the Historic Dockyard, Gunwharf Quays, SpinnakerTower and ferry services to the Isle of Wight.
- Portsmouth & Southsea is the station for city centre and Southsea shops and bus link to the Hovercraft terminal for Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
- Fratton is the nearest railway station to Fratton Park football ground.
Three train companies operate services from Portsmouth:
- South West Trains - routes include to London Waterloo
- Southern Railway - routes include Chichester, Brighton and London Victoria
- First Great Western - routes include Bristol and Cardiff.
National Rail has more information about rail travel.
Providing services to UK, Channel Islands, French and Dutch destinations, Southampton International Airport is just 22 miles (35 km) away, with Bournemouth International Airport 50 miles (80 km) away flying to European destinations and New York.
Ferries and hovercraft
The Portsmouth International Port is wholly owned by Portsmouth City Council. 3.5 million people travel through the port each year. It also serves freight ferries sailing to and from destinations across the world. In fact, 70% of all bananas eaten in Britain pass through Portsmouth International Port.
Its geographical position makes it the closest UK port to London and Paris.
International ferry services operating ferry services from Portsmouth to the Channel Islands and Europe are:
- DFDS Seaways to Le Havre in France
- Brittany Ferries to French and Spanish destinations
- Condor Ferries to the Channel Islands.
To contact Portsmouth International Port, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 9229 7391.
Local route ferries operate from other Portsmouth sites to:
- Gosport - the shortest route between Gosport & Portsmouth - a five-minute sail across the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, with views to any Royal Navy or cross-channel ships berthed in the dockyard. Almost 100 sea crossings daily from The Hard in Old Portsmouth, transporting commuters, shoppers and sight-seekers
- Hayling Island from Eastney
- Isle of Wight by ferry from Old Portsmouth to Fishbourne, catamaran from The Hard, or hovercraft from Southsea to Ryde, the only scheduled passenger hovercraft service in Europe.