Getting to Portsmouth

Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England and is easily accessible through national and international air, rail, road and sea connections (as detailed below).

By Road
Portsmouth is connected by a motorway network (A3/M27/A36/M275/M27) that makes it easily accessible by road.

There is no parking availability on our city centre campus for visitors, except for disabled badge holders.

Car parking is available in all public city centre car parks for a small charge, as well as on the roads using parking meters. The closest available 24 hour car park is located in Gunwharf Quays. Details are available here. Hotels that provide free car parking to patrons are detailed on the accommodation page.

The park-and-ride offers a quick, easy way into Portsmouth at a cost of £4 per vehicle.

Driving directions to the Business and Law Schools

Take the M275 into Portsmouth (signed ‘Portsmouth West’) whether approaching from the east (A3(M)/A27) or the west (M27 Junction 12). NB if approaching from A3(M)/A27 ignore junctions signed to Southsea and Hilsea.

From the end of the M275, follow signs for ‘Historic Waterfront/Seafront’. This takes you across three roundabouts to traffic lights by Unicorn Gate (entrance to the naval dockyard).  Continue to take signs for the Historic Dockyard or Gunwharf Quays.

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 Portland Building is half a mile walk away.

National Express has more information.


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 many airlines and a multitude of international and national destinations. Getting to Portsmouth by rail from Heathrow involves getting the London Underground to London Waterloo and then getting a direct South Western train to Portsmouth city centre. There is a direct National Express coach from Heathrow Airport to the Hard Interchange in Portsmouth, which is half a mile from the Faculty of Business and Law buildings.

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, including Leeds/Bradford, Newcastle, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow. There is a direct South Western 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 £150-75 return (London airports), can often be the cheaper form of travel if two or more persons are travelling.


By Train

Portsmouth and Southsea Station and Portsmouth Harbour Station are both within 10 minutes walking distance of the Faculty of Business and Law where the Conference will be located. For accommodations near Gunwharf Quays and Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Harbour station is the best option. Delegates staying near the city centre should opt for Portsmouth and Southsea

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

South Western Railway 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.

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

You can plan your journey with National Rail or Trainline.


By Sea

There are daily sailings between Portsmouth International Port and Caen, Le Havre and St Malo in France (Brittany Ferries) or the Channel Islands (Condor Ferries) as well as twice-weekly services to Bilbao and Santander in Spain (Brittany Ferries).

Frequent daily services run to and from the Isle of Wight by hovercraft, passenger catamaran, and passenger/car ferry.



Getting Around Portsmouth

Portsmouth is fairly flat and most of the conference venues are in close proximity to one another, so the best way to get around is on foot or by bike. You’ll find plenty of footpaths and cycleways to follow across the city.

Portsmouth also has an efficient public bus service and ample taxi services. Further details on travel within Portsmouth can be found at My Journey Portsmouth.

Bus Services

Portsmouth benefits from a comprehensive network of bus routes that are serviced by First Bus and Stagecoach. Details of the routes are available here.

Taxi Services

There are hackney carriage taxi ranks located at most of the major transport hubs, including;

  • Portsmouth and Southsea railway station
  • The Hard Interchange (for all coach services and Portsmouth Harbour railway station)
  • Portsmouth International Port

There are a range of taxi services in Portsmouth which can be pre-booked.  Some suggestions are:

Aqua Cars – 02392 654321

City Wide – 02392 833333

Andicars – 02392 696969