It's simple to get to Portsmouth by road, rail, air or sea and once you're there, Portsmouth is flat so ideal for cycling or walking. There's a good bus network within the city, a regular cross-harbour passenger ferry and a train station right on the water's edge. 

Getting There

Portsmouth enjoys good road connections - the A3(M) puts London only 1.5 hours away and the M275 connects Portsmouth with the M27 and Britain's motorway network. Portsmouth offers direct rail services to London (80 mins away) and is well connected to the UK's major cities. Details of trains can be obtained from South West Trains.

Southampton International Airport is just 22 miles away, providing services to and from domestic UK and European destinations.  The major London airports, Gatwick and Heathrow, are both 60 miles away with easy rail access to the city. 

The Continental Ferry Port offers a number of routes to and from France, Spain and the Channel Islands. 


Brittany Ferries operate a service to Bilbao, Caen, Cherbourg, St Marlo, and Santander.  LD Lines run to Le Havre and Condor Ferries to the Channel Islands.  There are also regular crossings to the Isle of Wight by car ferry, catamaran and hovercraft. 

Portsmouth Ferries info page

Keep up to date with local transport news through the Romanse website, or see the official visitor website for more detailed transport information.

Getting Around 

Once you're in Portsmouth there's a comprehensive bus network across the Portsmouth area and beyond, and three major rail stations in the heart of the city. 

Contact the Visitor Information Centres for details of walking and cycling trails in the city. Or to get your own walking directions and maps, go to