Many of us are finding the cost of traveling in and around the city difficult to manage as the overall cost of living increases. Here are some lower-cost, sustainable options to help you get around Portsmouth or travel further afield.
Cheaper, greener travel
Walking is your cheapest travel option, but we appreciate this is not an option for everyone or every journey. Cycling could be a low-cost alternative. There are a number of second-hand bike shops and bicycle recycling projects in Portsmouth that will help reduce your costs of travel, including Portsmouth Cycle Exchange in Southsea and the Community Cycle Centre in Walsall Road. Many of the community bike centres also offer more affordable repairs, to keep you on the road.
Repair and Ride workshops started in March to give Portsmouth residents the chance to learn the basics of cycle maintenance through a series of informal, hands-on workshops suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. If your bike needs a repair or some TLC, join our free Repair & Ride workshops and learn the practical skills to maintain your bike at home. We’re holding the workshops in five locations with flexible times to suit you, including during the day, evenings and on Saturday mornings. Find out more and book your place
Portsmouth’s £2 single bus fare cap is extended so passengers can continue to travel for less until 31 October 2023 on week days. Fares will then be capped at £2.50 until November 2024. Read more about the scheme.
Bus passes Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to get free bus travel with an older persons or disabled persons bus pass, or get cheaper travel on buses, trains and coaches through a range of railcards.
- If you are disabled, you can apply for a Disabled Persons Bus Pass for free travel any time.
- Portsmouth residents over the age of 66, you can apply for an Older Persons Bus Pass, for free travel from 9am to 11pm weekdays and all-day weekends and bank holidays. Time restrictions are lifted if you can show proof that you’re attending a hospital appointment
More ways to travel cheaply:
- National Express offers 1/3 off the cost of coach tickets with a Young Persons Coachcard, Senior Coachcard, or Disabled Coachcard.
- National Rail has 1/3 off train tickets through a variety of railcards, available for 16-25 year olds, 26-30 year olds, the over 60s, disabled persons, Veterans, two people traveling together, family and friends and members of HM Forces.
- Job seekers can take advantage of a Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card giving 50% off train travel to boost job searches and help job seekers back to work. Find out whether you are eligible.
- Stagecoach offers 50% off single and return bus rides for those on Job Seekers Allowance, free travel for over 60s and those with certain disabilities, and up to 40% off unlimited tickets for college or university students.
The Voi e-scooters are a quick and easy way to get around the city. Voi also offers a number of discounts.
If you are on a low-income, a veteran or a member of HM Forces, or you are employed by the NHS or emergency services, you can get a 50% off, and students get 20% discount too.
Beryl shared bikes
The ‘Beryl bikes by Breeze‘ is a bike share scheme, providing a quick and easy way to travel in the city centre.
If you are employed by the NHS you get free bike rides if you register using your NHS email address.
Park and Ride
Our park and ride service is a quick, easy, low-cost option for families and groups of up to 5. Hop on/off as much as you like for £4 per car, or even cheaper with a smartcard. Buy in advance or on the day. Find more information.
Lower-cost parking at Park and Ride
If you need to travel into the city by car, you can use Park & Ride all day, including the shuttle bus, for £4 – one ticket covers up to five passengers. Flexi passes are also available, starting at £2 a day, or unlimited travel within a chosen timeframe from £1.65 a day.