Portsmouth Business School

Accessibility, Travel and Getting around


Getting to Portsmouth

By Sea: Access to Portsmouth by sea is through a series of ferry services

  • Daily sailings to and from France: Cherbourg (car ferry or fast catamaran), Caen/Ouistreham, Le Havre, St Malo
  • Twice weekly service to and from Spain (Bilbao)
  • Frequent daily services to and from the Isle of Wight by hovercraft, passenger catamaran, passenger/car ferry

Ferry companies:

Brittany Ferries (cross channel ferries)

P & O Portsmouth (cross channel ferries)

Wightlink (Isle of Wight ferries)

Hovertravel - (hovercraft to Isle of Wight)

By Air:  Access to Portsmouth by air is predominantly through three airports.

Heathrow Airport is 1 hour 30 minutes away by road and offers flights from all airlines and a multitude of international destinations. Getting to Portsmouth by rail from Heathrow involves getting the London Underground to London Waterloo and then getting a direct South West train to Portsmouth city centre, or taking a coach to Woking station and changing there for a direct rail service to Portsmouth. There is a direct National Express coach from Heathrow Airport to the Hard Interchange in Portsmouth which is a 15 minute walk from the University of Portsmouth Guildhall campus.

Gatwick Airport is 1 hour 20 minutes away by road. It is the UK’s second largest airport serving approximately 200 destinations in 90 countries. There is a direct Southern Trains service from the airport to Portsmouth as well as a direct National Express Coach service.

Southampton Airport is 30 minutes away by road and serves around 40 European destinations. There is a direct South West train service from Southampton Airport Parkway (next to the airport) to Portsmouth City Centre.

Alternatively, airport pick-ups and returns via the local taxi company are available and, at prices ranging from around £40 (Southampton airport) to £150-175 return (London airports) can often be the cheaper form of travel if two or more persons are travelling.

By rail:

South West Trains run a service from London Waterloo to Portsmouth that leaves every 15 minutes during peak-times and takes just over 1 hour 30 minutes to reach Portsmouth city centre.

Southern Trains run a service from London Victoria to Portsmouth that leaves approximately every hour and takes just over 2 hours to reach Portsmouth. This service also covers the journey from Gatwick Airport to Portsmouth which takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

South West Trains run a service from Southampton Airport Parkway to Portsmouth which leaves approximately every 20 minutes and takes approximately 1 hour to get to Portsmouth city centre.



There are also direct services from Bristol (2hrs), South Wales (3hrs 15mins), Bournemouth, and Brighton.

Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth and Southsea Stations are the two main stations for Portsmouth; both are within 10 minutes walking distance of the Business School where the Conference will be located.

By road: Portsmouth is connected by a motorway network (A3/M27/A36/M275/M27) that makes it easily accessible by road. Some travel times and motorway directions are listed below:

  • Central London (2hrs via A3(M))
  • M25 London orbital (1hr via A3(M))
  • Bristol (2hrs via M27/A36) onwards to South Wales
  • Birmingham (3hrs via A34/M40)
  • Heathrow Airport (1hr 30 mins by road via A3(M)/M25) for all international connections
  • Gatwick Airport (1hr 30 mins by road, 1hr 36 mins by rail) for international connections
  • Southampton International Airport (30 mins by road via M275/M27) for regular flights to Paris, Cherbourg, the Channel Islands, Belfast, Glasgow

Regrettably, we cannot provide on-site parking to conference delegates. However, car parking is available in all public city centre car parks for a small charge, as well as on the roads using parking meters.

Coach services to Portsmouth

There are regular daily direct coach services from London (for countrywide connections), Bristol (for West Country/South Wales), Birmingham (the Midlands and North), Heathrow, Gatwick and other locations. These services all call at The Hard Interchange by Portsmouth Harbour railway station. From here the Guildhall Campus is a short taxi ride or a 15 minute walk away.

National Express has more information.


Portsmouth is easily accessible through national and international sea, air, rail, and road connections. Travelling around the city is also very easy and most sites are in walking distance. We also have an efficient public bus service and ample taxi services. Maps and directions can be accessed here.

Getting around in Portsmouth

We would encourage conference delegates to walk, or use public transport or taxis where possible.

Public Buses

Portsmouth and the surrounding areas are well covered by regular bus services. The main bus station is at The Hard Interchange, right on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour, where local and intercity buses operate from.

Bus companies: First Bus and StageCoach