The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid travelling at rush hour.
The average ticket from London to Portsmouth will cost around £ 36 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 17.
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Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave London for Portsmouth every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 104 km distance in an average of 1h 52m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 1h 36m .
The slowest train will take 2h 11m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
2 hours 5 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£20|
|Trains depart from:||London|
|Trains arrive in:||Portsmouth|
|Train Companies:||Thameslink, Southern, South Western Railway|
A large number of direct trains leave London every day bound for Portsmouth. Departures begin in the early hours of the morning, and a number of trains leave every hour until late into the night. The journey usually takes under 2 hours, and passengers can choose from a number of departure points in the capital throughout the day.
Direct trains from London to Portsmouth usually take between 1 hour 28 minutes and 1 hour 56 minutes. lthough in some cases the journey can take around 2 hours 20 minutes. South West Trains services tend to be slightly faster than Southern trains
The cheapest tickets can be found when booking anywhere between 1-5 weeks ahead of the departure date.
The first direct train of the day from London to Portsmouth departs Vauxhall station at 5:04 a.m and arrives in Portsmouth at 7:16 a.m. However for those looking to leave earlier, there is a Thameslink train which leaves London Blackfriars station at 4:05 a.m and arrives in Portsmouth at 7:08 a.m. This service involves a short transfer at in Brighton.
The final direct departure of the day leaves London Waterloo at 22:30 p.m and reaches its destination at 00:02 a.m. It should be noted however that there are still a few services departing later than this which require a transfer at Fratton station. The final train from London to Portsmouth with a transfer departs London Waterloo at 23:45 p.m and reaches Portsmouth at 1:44 a.m.
Most South West Trains services from London to Portsmouth depart from London Waterloo station. Waterloo station is the U.K’s largest train station, and is located in central London within walking distance of major tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the London Eye and South Bank. The station has a number of eateries, as well as coin lockers for baggage and a 24 hour tourist information service. As a major transport hub, the station is serviced by a number of lines on the London Underground, bus stops and has a taxi rank outside exit number 3.
Southern trains to Portsmouth depart from London Victoria station, which is situated close to Buckingham Palace and St. James’ Park. The station has bag storage facilities, a number of food and shopping options and a visitor information centre. Access to the station is simple, as it has three underground lines, a taxi rank and a bus station. It’s also the most convenient way to access the city from Gatwick Airport, with the Gatwick Express train terminating at this station.