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Trains to Portsmouth

The UK's only island city stands alone when it comes to maritime and naval heritage. Stretched along miles of historic dockyard, it offers a step into the past with every footstep - visitors can explore over 800 years of seafaring tales, from the Mary Rose to HMS Victory. Away from the water's edge, Portsmouth offers a lively town centre with modern shopping malls, outstanding theatres, music venues, art galleries, two cathedrals, and loads of pubs and restaurants.

Popular train routes to Portsmouth

London to Portsmouth
Gatwick Airport to Portsmouth
Cardiff Central to Portsmouth
Bristol to Portsmouth
Brighton to Portsmouth

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Visiting Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a gem of a city located on the south coast known for its port and maritime heritage. Whether you're here for the day or multiple nights, you won't get bored roaming and perusing the stunning historic ships, submarines and eclectic museums that pay rightful homage to Portsmouth's proud past.

Head to the Point district for a taste of the winding, cobbled streets and old-style pubs and after that, venture up the Spinnaker Tower for a bird's eye view of the port and city beyond. Another bonus of being in Portsmouth is its proximity and easy links to the Isle of Wight.

 

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Portsmouth

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Portsmouth to help you save money and explore this gorgeous port city. Whether you are getting a train to Portsmouth for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.

The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Portsmouth is by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy one online, check out our railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Portsmouth is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Portsmouth. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or have a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.

Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.

 

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