Portsmouth has two main ferry terminals, which are both easily accessible, and linked well with bus routes.
There is the Isle Of Wight Terminal, which can be found at the far end of the Harbour Train Station. Here you'll find the bright yellow FastCat passenger ferries running regularly every half hour to Ryde. There is a nice cafe in the waiting area, and also a spot where you can pick up tourist info for IOW.
Ticket prices can vary depending on the time of the day you travel (later = cheaper), the time of season, and the number of days you intend to spend on the Island. Whilst crossings generally take around 15mins.
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or phone 0870 582 7744
To get on the car ferry to Fishboune IOW, or to venture yet further afield, you need to make your way to the otherside of Gunwharf Quays, to the Portmouth International Ferry Terminal.
Here there are massive ferries and cruiseboats leaving regularly for Le Havre, Caen and Cherbourg in northern France, and Bilbao in Spain.
For further information on sailings, go to
The Hard Interchange is where all of the main transport links in Portsmouth tie together.
From here there are buses to anywhere in Portsmouth Borough, and as far as Brighton, with services as regular as every 10minutes to Southsea and Commercial Road (the main shopping street).
There is also a National Express terminal, where you can get a coach for a very reasonable price, to pretty much anywhere in england. From Portsmouth, there are direct services to Birkenhead, Birmingam, London, Heathrow Airport, Bradford, Penzance and Blackpool.
For further information on coach fares, timetables, booking tickets, go to www.nationalexpress.com
There is also obviously the train station, where you can buy single or return jouneys to Southsea, Fratton, Hilsea and Cosham (in Portsmouth) or further afield to London Waterloo, where you can change trains.
For further information on train fares and timetables, go to
or phone 08457 484950
The 2 local bus companies in Portsmouth are First and Stagecoach. I don't really know which ones is the best, but I think I prefer Stagecoach cause they have double deckers. ;)
As in the rest of England (as far as I know), the busfare depends on your destiny. If you're going a shorter distance, you pay less and vice versa. If I remember right, on Stagecoach it was cheaper to get a day ticket than buying a return ticket (can't remember where we went to though). You can also buy weekly/monthly/annual tickets and so on.
A comfortable and not so expensive way to go to Portsmouth from any of the London airports is to book an airport taxi. It costs from £40, if I'm not mistaken, but that's very cheap for an 1 hour ride by taxi. You go from door to door, so it's perfect!
There are some different companies to choose from, so take a look at the link below and you can see addresses + phone numbers to all of them.
The easiest way to get to Portsmouth from London is to take the train. Trains leave several times a day from London Waterloo and can get you directly to Portsmouth Harbour. Be careful coming back though as trains become more and more sparse in the evening and stop altogether shortly after 9pm.
South West Trains: From Waterloo, Southampton and Basingstoke.
Connex South Central: From London Victoria, Brighton and Bournemouth.
South Wales and West: From Cardiff, Bristol and Salisbury.
For all train times and fares call National Rail Enquiries on (0345) 48 49 50.
The Bus services in Portsmouth are very good and reliable. There are 2 companies that run the buses and information can be gained at these numbers.
Provincial Buses Ltd : (01329) 232208
Stagecoach Coastline: (01243) 783251
We travelled by car, that's the Vauxhall Vectra we toured around in for 5 days. A car is best to have so you can visit everywhere that you want. Note that on this trip I did all the driving, though that wasn't the original plan. We picked up the car at Gatwick airport, I was the first one to drive, an hour later my friend decides there's no way she's going to be able to cope with driving in England, lol! I got stuck with all the driving. At least she offered to pay for the car rental ;-)
Make sure your navigator at least holds the map the right way up, it does help ;-)
Parking in Portsmouth and Southsea never seems quite so difficult as in other cities. The railway line from London Waterloo stops at Portsmouth and Southsea station (for the city centre) and Portsmouth Harbour (for the ferries and the Historic dockyard). There are ferries from France (Caen and Cherbourg), ferries and a hovercraft from the Isle of Wight, and ferries from Gosport. The nearest airport is Eastleigh (Southampton).
When I was living in Portsmouth I mainly walked, although some of the distances can be quite big. Driving is an option, I have never found parking near the seafront out of season a problem. I am sure there are buses, but I don't know the current state of the service.
One assumes that you will have already been somewhere in England or another part of the UK before going to Portsmouth. Accordingly, you already know about trains, planes and automobiles.
Here's a good site for anyone in the UK who wants on-going travel. See the Logo which is a link.
The train station for Portsmouth is situated by the Harbour (The Hard),this is the main train station to all areas.
There are plenty of Taxis both sides of the Ferry, Gosport side High Street) and Portsmouth side (The Hard).
Another way to travel is on the Hovercraft. We saw this one leaving as we were on the beach in Portsmouth.
You can travel to Portsmouth by ferry from some countries. This is a busy harbour town and there were lots of ferries going in and out of the harbour.