About Portsmouth International Port

Less than 2 hours from London by car and with great motorway links and rail connections, Portsmouth is a great choice for travelling to the continent from the Midlands and South England. 

Portsmouth port address

Wharf Road
Portsmouth
Hants
PO2 8RU

Tel: 0330 159 7003
GPS co-ordinates: 50.811823, -1.088367

By car

From London, take the M3 or A3. From the Midlands take the A34 to the M3. From Bristol and South Wales take the A36. From the South West take the A31. These roads all lead to the M275, which takes you directly to the port.

By train

Train services between Portsmouth and London Waterloo take 85 minutes. There are also services from London Victoria and Cardiff. Portsmouth has two stations: Portsmouth & Southsea and Portsmouth Harbour, both of which are close to the port.

Taxis from the train stations to the port cost around £5. Please allow plenty of time to make it to the port.

By coach

There are regular coach services, operated by National Express, from the terminal building to London Victoria and Heathrow Airport. From London, there are onward connections to the rest of the UK. We recommend buying tickets in advance. 

Local bus services are operated by two companies: Stagecoach (bus 20) and First Bus (buses 8, X4 and X9).

By foot

It takes approximately 20 minutes to walk to the ferry terminal from the town centre and 30 minutes from Portsmouth & Southsea train station.

By taxi

There is a taxi rank outside the terminal building.

Check-in times

Please allow the following check-in times. Your departure time will be printed on your e-ticket. 

Type of booking Minimum check-in time
Standard ferry or holiday booking 45 minutes
For disabled passengers or passengers with reduced mobility 60 minutes
Travelling with pets 60 minutes
Group bookings (10+) 90 minutes
When carrying dangerous goods 60 minutes

Facilities

 
Bar/café (open daily 06:00-22:30)
 
Costa coffee (open daily 06:00-22:30)
 
Shop for travel essentials (open daily 06:00-22:30)
 
Bureau de change with cash machine
 
Left luggage at Information Desk (charges apply, not available overnight)
 
Free wifi
 
Baby change room and area for breastfeeding mums
 
Lost property at Information Desk
 
Payphones and mobile charge points (charges apply)
 
Information points (in English, French and Spanish)
 
Dogs on a lead are allowed in the port area but not inside the terminal building    

Collect your money

Call and reserve your holiday currency in advance from us and collect it when you check in. Simply call 0330 159 4999 at least 72 hours prior to your departure with your booking reference.

Travelling with your pet

Once past the security check point, dogs cannot leave your vehicle. A dog waste bin is adjacent to the check-in kiosks near the toilet block.

The nearest park is Alexandra Park, which is approximately 1.5 miles north (5 minutes drive/20-25 minutes walk) of the port.

Disabled facilities

Portsmouth International port offers lots of facilities to assist passengers with a variety of needs. The terminal and its facilities are easily accessible for wheelchair users.

 

 
Closed loop system at the information desk for the hard of hearing
 
Priority seating for the elderly and disabled
 
2 large customer lifts suitable for wheelchairs
 
Adapted minibus for disabled foot passengers
 
Disabled toilets in terminal and vehicle check-in lanes, and a Space to Change inside the terminal
 
Wheelchairs available in case of emergency

Parking

The car park inside the port is operated by APCOA. Use the left hand lane at the entrance to the car check-in area, and then follow the signs.

  • 516 spaces
  • Maximum vehicle height 2.2m
  • Disabled parking on ground floor
  • Luggage trolleys (£1 deposit)
  • Payment upon arrival 
Portsmouth car park charges
Duration Fee
Up to 1 hour £4.00
Up to 3 hours £6.00
Up to 5 hours £8.00
Up to 24 hours £13.00
Over 24 hours £13.00 per day
Motorcycles FREE
 

You can contact APCOA on 02392 873378. Or visit the Portsmouth Port website. Lost tickets will be charged at the full daily rate.

ELECTRIC CARS

There are no charge points at the port but there are numerous charge points in and around Portsmouth. You can find more charging points across the UK.

Disabled passengers' drop-off

Disabled parking spaces are available outside the terminal building for picking up and dropping off disabled passengers.

Other parking opportunities

For early morning sailings, you can park your caravan or motorhome in the check-in lanes after midnight. Your vehicle is parked at your own risk and should not be left unattended. No port facilities are open overnight. 

You can find cheaper parking at the Market Way car park, (£10.00 per 24 hours). There are also other cheaper options through en.parkopedia.co.uk or justpark.com. Brittany Ferries' customers receive an exclusive 10% discount on their parking with JustPark by entering the discount code 'BRITTANYFERRIES' at the checkout.

facilities for truck drivers

The 24/7 driver's rest room is opposite the Brittany Ferries Freight Office and has vending machines for drinks and snacks. Male and female shower rooms are next to the Portsmouth Handling Services building, a short walk from the rest room.

Got a few hours to spare?

If you have a few hours to spare before your sailing, then when not check out some of the great attractions in Portsmouth? We've also got some great exclusive offers with local attractions.

Spinnaker Tower

Walk: 40 mins (1.9 miles)

Drive: 10 mins (2.1 miles)

One of Portsmouth's most instantly recognisable sights, the stunning, sail-like Spinnaker Tower stands 107m high by the quayside. Head inside to walk across the glass Sky Walk, with virtually nothing between you and the waves, and then up to the open-air Sky Deck where you can feel the energising sea breeze and appreciate some magnificent views of the Historic Dockyard below.

Admire the view with a cup of coffee and a slice of cake inside the Café in the Clouds on Deck 2, 105m above the harbour. The Waterfront Café by the water's edge is also a great place for lunch, especially for those without a head for heights!

Historic Dockyard

Walk: 33 mins (1.6 miles)

Drive: 9 mins (2.0 miles)

The Historic Dockyard is an incredible collection of historic ships and ship museums situated within a working naval base. Walk aboard the HMS Victory, Nelson's 18th century flagship aboard which he was killed during battle, and the immaculate 19th century HMS Warrior, the world's first iron-hulled warship, powered by both steam and sail, which was the pride of Queen Victoria's fleet.

Inside the spectacular Mary Rose museum, you can see the remains of Henry VIII's Tudor warship and learn about the efforts to preserve it. The museum is arranged as on different floors of the ship with hundreds of artefacts and personal objects pulled from the water, all the while overlooking the wreck, to show what life was like on board.

Exclusive offer

To enjoy 20% off at the Mary Rose museum, located in the Historic Dockyard, simply present your Brittany Ferries travel documents when purchasing your tickets at the museum reception or at the Visitor Centre at the entrance of the Historic Dockyard.

And there's also the Museum of the Royal Navy, boat tours around the harbour, and the interactive Action Stations where you can find out through games and activities what it would be like to train for the Royal Navy!

Gunwharf Quays

Shopping in Gunwharf Quays

Walk: 33 mins (1.6 miles)

Drive: 10 mins (2.2 mils)

Set on the historic waterfront, a stone's throw away from the Historic Dockyard and encapsulating Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays offers a stylish setting for dining and shopping.

The UK's only waterfront outlet destination is home to over 90 famous brands as well as over 30 restaurants, bars and cafes, cinema and bowling alley. Its convivial atmosphere and superb waterfront location makes it an enjoyable place to eat, drink or shop as you take in the magnificent harbour views.

Exclusive offers

Simply present your Brittany Ferries ticket to benefit from these offers.

Privilege Pass

Travelling overnight from Portsmouth? Enjoy free parking and 10% off at Gunwharf Quays. Simply present your Brittany Ferries ticket at the car park office, located just on the left as you drive in, once you've parked your vehicle to receive your Privilege Pass.

 

*Gunwharf Quays offer available from 3pm (5pm Saturdays and Sundays) to passengers travelling overnight from Portsmouth. Offer not available during school holidays and May bank holiday. Car park height restriction: 2.2m.

Routes from Portsmouth

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Portsmouth to Caen

Cruise across from Portsmouth to Caen in under 6 hours during the day or sail overnight.

The perfect gateway for Normandy, Caen has an excellent road network for all of France. It is the best route to take for the D-Day sites.

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Portsmouth to St Malo

Cruise to St Malo in just under 11 hours overnight and sail back on a daytime crossing.

With easy access to the Loire, St Malo is a good starting point for holidays in the Dordogne and south west France.

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Portsmouth to Le Havre

Cruise to Le Havre onboard Etretat or Baie de Seine our économie services.

Le Havre has good road links to eastern France, as well as Normandy, plus the centre of Paris is just a 2 hour drive away.

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Portsmouth to Cherbourg

Speed across to Cherbourg in just 3 hours aboard our fast-craft, Normandie Express, with sailings every day.

Cherbourg is ideal for visiting the Manche department of Normandy, Brittany and west France.

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Portsmouth to Bilbao

Enjoy a cruise to Spain with a relaxing one or two night crossing onboard Cap Finistère or our économie ship, Baie de Seine.

Bilbao is in the Basque region of Spain and has an exciting blend of modern and historical attractions to explore. It is an ideal entry point to Spain with Madrid only a 4-hour drive and Barcelona around 6 hours away.

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Portsmouth to Santander

Cruise to Spain with Brittany Ferries' popular Portsmouth - Santander ferry route onboard the Pont-Aven or Cap Finistère.

Santander is an elegant tourist destination in its own right with three sandy beaches and plenty of restaurants and sights to see. It is also ideally positioned as a gateway into Spain.

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