Trains to Portsmouth

Cheap Trains to Portsmouth

"Portsmouth is one of the world’s most astonishing natural harbours, rivalling even Valletta in the way that it commands the Channel approaches to the Atlantic and the North Sea. It looms over the French coast while sheltering in the lee of the Isle of Wight, which the conquering Romans once named Vectis." Christopher Hitchens

Tip 1: Plan ahead and book in advance for cheap trains to Portsmouth
There is a much-improved chance of getting cheaper tickets to Portsmouth if you book as early as you possibly can. Train companies make cheaper advance tickets available up to 12 weeks ahead of of the trains departure, however, these tickets can sell out quite quickly so ideally you need to search for them as far ahead as possible. If this isn't possible, some of these tickets may still be for sale up to 1 hour before you are due to leave the station but this is risky and you could miss out.

Tip 2: Save costs by avoiding fees on your trains to Portsmouth
Some other rail retailers charge for bookings every time you travel on trains with them but at Split My Fare we don't charge you a booking fee and we don't ask you to pay for using your credit card either. The only charge we pass on to you is 10% of any discount we make for you by splitting your fare, no split fare = no charge.

Tip 3: If the trains departure is delayed, claim a refund
It is possible that your train to Portsmouth could be delayed, making you late, if this happens, you will probably be eligible for some sort of refund. We would advise you check with the train operating company to see what their policy says about delays, it is possible to get a full or partial refund for a delay as small as 15 minutes. You can then apply for your refund through the Delay Repay scheme via the train company.

With its proud naval and maritime history on England's south coast, world-class tourist attractions, an array of shopping destinations and a beautiful waterfront stretching for miles, Portsmouth has a lot to offer tourists. Mostly spread across Portsea Island, Portsmouth would especially appeal to those who fancy a short break by the sea.

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Tip 4: A quieter station could be cheaper
Demand has a major effect on the price of train tickets, if there is high demand the price goes up. If you avoid busy city centre stations at popular times and instead end your rail travel at a less busy station lower fares can normally be found. Staying clear of peak times is also a key way to get cheaper train tickets.

Tip 5: Group travellers can book together for cheap trains
If you are planning on going away with a group of friends or work colleagues it can be cheaper to book together. If 3-9 people travel on the same off-peak train they can all get a groupsave discount of 1/3 off the price, this discount will automatically be applied at checkout when you buy as a group. If you choose to receive E-Tickets to your phone and forward them to the other passengers this avoids having to collect and pass around lots of paper tickets.

From its state-of-the-art galleries and museums, two cathedrals, a lively music scene and a diverse literary heritage, you have a lot to choices. Portsmouth takes pride in being the birthplace of one of literature's most beloved figures, Charles Dickens, author of A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist and several other classical works embedded in England literature. This city has also been home to other literary greats, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Rudyard Kipling (The Jungle Book) and you can find their works in the museums.

Tip 6: Get single fares, they might cost less
When you are taking the train you will probably want to make a return journey and might think that purchasing a return fare is the best way to do this. It is worth checking whether this is the case as sometimes 2 tickets could get you a cheaper fare.

If you want to witness the larger events in the city, there's no better place than the Southsea Common, a ten-acre open space that is also where you'll find the Southsea Castle, one of King Henry VII's hideaways. According to history, it is from this castle where the King watched his vessel, the Mary Rose, sink into the ocean.

To catch the train, you can go to Portsmouth Harbour railway station, beside Gunwharf Quays inside the city's harbour. Currently, the station has four platforms with platform two no longer in use. You can also use the Portsmouth & Southsea train station, which is the biggest station in Portsmouth and is near the Commercial Road shopping centre.

Main stations in Portsmouth

  • Portsmouth & Southsea
  • Portsmouth Arms
  • Portsmouth Harbour

Frequently Asked Questions

What train line is Portsmouth on?

Portsmouth is on the Portsmouth Direct Line, which runs between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour.

Does Portsmouth have a beach?

Portsmouth has a beach which runs for 4 miles between Eastney and Old Portsmouth.

What is to do in Portsmouth for free?

In Portsmouth there are many activities to do for free, these include visits to Portsmouth Beach, Southsea Castle and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard