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Cost of living support and advice

We know you need to get around, both in and out of the city, and that many people are finding the costs of travel difficult to manage as the overall cost of living increases. Here’s some lower-cost options that might help.

Cheaper 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.

Public transport

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.

Voi e-scooters

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.

Lower-cost parking from 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. Flexipasses are also available, starting at £2 a day, or unlimited travel within a chosen timeframe from £1.65 a day.