Trains, buses and walking routes: travel to the Victorian Festival of Christmas with ease

Visitors planning to travel into Portsmouth for the Victorian Festival of Christmas this weekend (1 to 3 December) are encouraged to use public transport to avoid traffic queues. 

In addition to existing bus services provided by First and Stagecoach, extra buses will run from the Park & Ride terminal at the M275 entrance to Portsmouth. At just £4 per car, the Park & Ride allows up to five people to travel on one ticket - providing an easy and affordable way to travel to the event.

Park & Ride buses will be running up to every 7 minutes to drop passengers straight to The Hard Interchange. 

Councillor Simon Bosher, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said. "Last year's Victorian Festival saw thousands of visitors travel into Portsmouth. We want to ensure those visitors have a positive experience of travelling to and from the event, while ensuring Portsmouth residents can continue to move around the city with ease. Our excellent public transport services will help alleviate congestion allowing event goers more time to enjoy the festivities."

Visitors travelling by train should alight at Portsmouth Harbour which, like the Interchange, is just a two minute walk to the event.

Travelling to the event by car isn't recommended as nearby car parks and roads will be extremely busy, especially on Saturday when Portsmouth Football Club play at home and the University of Portsmouth host an open day.  However, if event goers choose to drive they are advised to use city centre car parks. A walking route will be clearly signposted from the Isambard Brunel multi storey car park, Alec Rose Lane, PO1 2BX to help visitors find their way to the event.

The council will also provide a minibus shuttle service between the Hayling Ferry and Bransbury Park to connect event goers with First bus services 1, 2, 15 or 16 to the Hard Interchange. The shuttle bus is free of charge and will operate between 10am and 6pm.

For more information on Park & Ride visit the website