Its south coast location has also made it a UK and European gateway city. The Portsmouth International Port is Britain’s best connected port, providing eight freight and passenger routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands. Over two million passengers passed through the Port in 2010.
With the M275 connecting the city centre to the M27 there is immediate access to the UK’s motorway network, providing links to London, all other important business locations and the major airports of Heathrow and Gatwick, plus the nearby regional airports at Southampton and Bournemouth. These road links have been further enhanced with the opening of the Hindhead Tunnel on the A3 in summer 2011, making it quicker to reach London and Heathrow.
Both Heathrow and Gatwick airports are within 70 miles (112 km). Southampton International Airport is only 20 miles (32 km) away and provides flights to other UK cities, the Channel Islands, and European destinations.
Additional UK connectivity is provided by fast and frequent mainline rail services, including direct routes to London Waterloo, Victoria and Gatwick.