If you're travelling to this busy naval and university city, you'll find plenty of services arriving in at Portsmouth Harbour, which is the city's main railway station and a terminus. The second central station is Portsmouth & Southsea, which receives services from London, Brighton and Southampton.
There are two main stations in Portsmouth; Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea. Both are located in the city centre and conveniently placed for the main commercial and shopping areas. Other busy local stations include Cosham, Hilsea and Fratton.
Portsmouth is well served by rail, with trains provided by First Great Western Railway, Southern, and South Western Trains. Southern Rail uses Portsmouth Harbour as the terminal station for various routes. South Western Trains operates trains into both Portsmouth Harbour and Portsmouth & Southsea stations. Trains from Bournemouth also arrive at both stations and are operated by South Western Trains and First Great Western Railway. Both stations are extremely busy and passengers will find regular services to all main surrounding cities and towns. The London services are particularly good and there are plenty of commuters who travel between Portsmouth and London for work daily.
Portsmouth is a busy city to travel to at the best of times, and the roads can get congested, with minimal parking. However, the placement of the main railway stations make it extremely easy and convenient to travel by train. The terminal station, Portsmouth Harbour, sits next to the main city bus terminal and the ferry terminal (serving the Isle of Wight and Gosport.) Both stations are well placed for the main shopping area and for the University buildings, not to mention the tourist facilities at the Old Naval Dockyard and Southsea seafront.
There's more to Portsmouth than its impressive history! Gunwharf Quays is an essential place to visit, and the Spinnaker Tower dominates the seafront landscape. However, if you are looking for history, charm and atmosphere, head to Old Portsmouth for fabulous architecture, great pubs and restaurants and a welcome pint at Spice Island Inn where you can watch the harbour traffic in the sunshine. There are plenty of buses to catch if you're travelling between Portsmouth city centre and neighbouring Southsea, and a day pass offers excellent value.
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