Portsmouth is served by four railway stations on Portsea Island itself, as well as Cosham just off it. The stations are Portsmouth Harbour (PMH), Portsmouth & Southsea (PMS), Fratton (FTN) and Hilsea (HLS). All four are managed by South Western Railway and used by both Southern and South Western. With the exception of Hilsea (the smallest of the four), each station provides direct services to London Waterloo, London Victoria, Brighton, Southampton, Winchester, Chichester, Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads – among many others.
Local bus services in Portsmouth are run by First and Stagecoach. There are more than 30 designated routes across the city, including those which run to our outlying towns and villages such as Fareham, Waterlooville and Denmead. The main city centre interchange is at the bottom of Commercial Road, off Stanhope Road, and offers services to Gunwharf Quays, Southsea, Baffins, Farlington, Havant, Leigh Park and beyond. The Solent Ranger also departs here, which runs a service to and from Southampton City Centre.
Coach services primarily depart Portsmouth from The Hard Interchange. National Express services connect the city to London, with some services also stopping at Gatwick Airport along the way.
Portsmouth is well served with taxis and private hire cars, which offer a convenient and fast alternative means of getting around the city. Ranks are available at popular areas including all four train stations.
The city’s primary Visitor Information point is located within the concourse of The Hard Interchange. It offers booklets and brochures, as well as themed gifts, and is generally open between 9:30am to 5pm, 7 days a week. Alongside this is a smaller Visitor Information hub within the D-Day Story museum on Clarence Esplanade, open from 10am until 5:30pm in the summer season (April-September) and until 5pm in winter.