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HOW TO GET to here

Whether you're arriving by plane, boat, car or train, here's all the info you need to make your way to Portsmouth

How to get here

Wherever you travel from, you'll most likely fly to the UK. Portsmouth has great links with all of London's major airports, so it's easy to get here. 

We run an airport pick-up from Heathrow, so if you land there, you can travel to Portsmouth on our coach on selected dates.

There are plenty of other transport links to Portsmouth, so however you travel, getting here is simple – even if you arrive out of hours. Our maps and directions page has information about how to get here by sea, train, coach and car.

Travelling from the airport

London Heathrow Airport and pick-up service

If you fly into London Heathrow Airport in January 2020, our airport pick-up service can take you from Terminal 3 at the airport directly to Portsmouth. Our Global Office staff will be on the coach with you.

We can pick you up on:

  • Tuesday 14 January 2020 at 10.00am and 5.00pm 

Places on the coach cost £20 each and you can book your ticket online now until the deadline of 8 January. 

You should allow for a minimum of 2 hours between your flight landing time and your preferred pick up time, in case you experience delays.

We'll email you with your booking confirmation, exact pick up time and further instructions.

You'll recognise our staff at Heathrow Terminal 3 by our branded clothing and signs - look out for the University of Portsmouth logo.

If you arrive at Heathrow Terminal 2, you'll need to take a short walk to Terminal 3. If you arrive at Terminal 4 or 5, you can take a free shuttle bus to Terminal 3.

Contact us if you're at the airport on these dates and need assistance. 

If you arrive into Heathrow on a different date, we recommend catching a direct coach to Portsmouth. The journey takes about 3 hours and 45 minutes. See the National Express website for more details about coach times and prices.

London Gatwick Airport

If you arrive at London Gatwick Airport, we recommend you take the direct train to Portsmouth and Southsea Railway Station. The journey takes about 90 minutes. You can find the latest travel times and ticket prices on the National Rail website.

Or you can take a coach from your terminal at Gatwick direct to Portsmouth Harbour Bus Station. The journey takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. You'll find a full timetable and ticket price information on the National Express website.

Southampton Airport

If you fly into Southampton Airport, you should take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Portsmouth and Southsea Railway Station. You will need to change trains at either Eastleigh, Cosham, Havant or Southampton Central. The journey takes about 60 minutes. Please check the National Rail website for the latest travel times and ticket prices.

Arriving out of hours

If you arrive in Portsmouth outside our normal opening hours (8:30am–5pm Monday to Thursday, 8:30am–4pm Friday), you should go to your accommodation for the night and come to the Global Office the next morning if you need help or information.

If you arrive in Portsmouth before you're due to move in to your accommodation, you'll need to book a local hotel or guest house for your arrival. You can find places to stay via the Portsmouth Visitor Information Office. Make sure you book in advance.

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