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.
Portsmouth Harbour sees ships leaving for the Isle of Wight, the channel islands, Bilbao and Le Havre, St Malo and Cherbourg in France. The harbour is north west of the city centre,there is a shuttle bus you can take.
A train from Victoria will take you to Portsmouth Harbour in about 2 hours (and from Gatwick about 1h 40min). One way tickets may be very cheap even £5 or 10, depending on the date and time you travel . The earlier you book, the cheaper it should be. One downside with the cheap price is that there is not that much flexibility in travel times and you must travel on your booked service(s) eg only Southern Railway, not Southwest Trains.
We caught the train down on friday from London waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, it was a pleasent journey on southwest modern trains their toilet facilities are clean. The journey there only took 1hr33 although on the way back we somehow jumped on the slow train which took 2hr10 so my suggestion would be to ask a member of staff before boarding to ensure you have the fastest option possible. Buying your tickets in advance will lower the price you have to pay.
After watching the speed of the hovercraft zipping over the sea to dock at Southsea Clarence Pier a mans need for speed kicked in and next thing I know we were booked on the next ferry trip to the Isle of Wight.
The trip only takes 10min in total and is incredibly smooth. Once you get off at Ryde there are a number of places to visit and you can get a combined ticket included with your travel. There is the Isle of Wight zoo and Tiger sanctuary. Also for those people who love steam trains there is a 5 mile stretch of that can be done in a steam locomotive only a 5 min electric train hook up from Ryde. Some lovely sandy beaches await you as well as the historic Cairsbrooke castle and Osbourne house.
The return price is GBP13.50 slightly higher from Southsea then Ryde although there is a family special fare of GBP25 2 Adults and 3 children
www.firstgroup.com - 023 9265 5240. First is the main local bus operator in Portsmouth. Its local head office for Hampshire and Dorset is situated in Southampton, though the company has a quantity of sites in Hampshire.
www.stagecoachbus.com - 0845 121 0170. Stagecoach keeps West Sussex & South Hampshire on the move. This service it has 150 buses and 300 committed staff. Over 25,000 people every day find this regular, broad network the best way to get around the area.
www.tellingsgoldenmiller.co.uk – 02087557050. Tellings Golden Miller, part of the Status Group of Bus & Coach companies, runs a fleet of around 160 modern buses and coaches from depots in Twickenham, South West London and Byfleet, Surrey, employing over 400 people.
•Stagecoach Megabus - a daily return journey from Portsmouth to London for a £1 flat fare (only internet bookings received) www.stagecoachbus.com
www.southwesttrains.co.uk - South West Trains is part of the Stagecoach Group. in the region of 143 million passenger journeys a year are made on routes through Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, and Wiltshire.
www.wessextrains.co.uk - 0845 6000 880. They are one of 26 private train functional businesses with listed passenger services all through the South West of England, and have their head office in Exeter.
www.thetrainline.com – online booking form for tickets
Parking around Fratton Park Football Stadium is limited to street parking apart from the hospital near to the "Away End" where there is a hospital car park which charges £4. I drove round ages to find somewhere to park and chanced upon the car park so my advice is to turn up early to find somewhere to park.
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.
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.
There are plenty of Taxis both sides of the Ferry, Gosport side High Street) and Portsmouth side (The Hard).
The train station for Portsmouth is situated by the Harbour (The Hard),this is the main train station to all areas.
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.
Another way to travel is on the Hovercraft. We saw this one leaving as we were on the beach in Portsmouth.