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Information about parking in Portsmouth
There are a vast array of options when it comes to parking in Portsmouth, with plenty of on-street and off-street spaces across the city – generally at a reasonable hourly and daily rate.
Portsmouth has one park and ride site to the north of the city centre, which offers unlimited use of the park and ride facilities and bus services for a small 1-day fare.
JustPark provides information on a multitude of parking options across Portsmouth – including spaces on-street, off-street and those that are reservable, from driveways to car parks.
On-street parking is limited to pay-and-display in the city centre and on the seafront. Parking charges typically apply 8am-6pm, and you can expect to pay a reasonable hourly fare. Seafront parking is marginally more expensive than in the city centre, but all streets can have slightly differing tariffs and times of operation – so make sure you’re aware of this in advance.
To find information about on-street parking in Portsmouth and see when it’s available, use our online parking map.
Location Operator Price Max Stay Lake Road/Central On Street Portsmouth City Council £1.60 / hour Landport View (Prime)/Central On Street Portsmouth City Council £1.00 / 20 minutes hour Flathouse Road/District On Street Portsmouth City Council £1.10 / hour Paradise Street (Prime)/Central On Street Portsmouth City Council £1.00 / 20 minutes hour Arundel Street/Central On Street Portsmouth City Council £1.60 / hour
There are a number of off-street car parks in Portsmouth, both council and privately operated. Portsmouth city council run more than 25 car parks across the city, with some offering a very attractive hourly and daily rate. The largest of these is Isambard Brunel multi-storey car park (PO1 2BX) which is a great choice for visitors to the University of Portsmouth and operates 24 hours a day, Monday-Sunday. You can locate and view availability information for this car park via the search form or interactive map above.
Portsmouth Crasswell multi-storey car park (PO1 4DT) operated by NPC provides another great parking option, with over 900 spaces available – perfect for visitors to the Cascades shopping centre, and only a short walk from Portsmouth & Southsea train station. This offers a cheaper daily rate than any council-operated location and is open 24 hours, Monday-Sunday.
Portsmouth’s only park and ride site is situated to the north of the city centre, just off the M275 – and for just one small daily fare, drivers have unlimited access to and use of all the park and ride services, from parking to travel.
JustPark also offers thousands of reservable off-street spaces across Portsmouth, from driveways to car parks – with a particularly good selection to choose from in popular areas such as Gunwharf Quays and Southsea.
Location Operator Price Max Stay Crasswell Street Multi-storey Portsmouth City Council £1.70 / hour Crasswell Street Surface Portsmouth City Council £1.70 / hour Old Commercial Road Portsmouth City Council £1.60 / hour Portsmouth International Port Portsmouth City Council £0.00 / 10 minutes Market Way National Car Parks £2.50 / hour
Portsmouth is blessed with a wide range of public transport options, and its location on the Southern coast means it has more choice than other cities – with the added luxury of travel to and from the city via ferry from Portsmouth Harbour.
Portsmouth & Southsea is the city’s principal train station and is on the South West main line, with regular trains to and from cities across The South – such as London, Southampton and Bristol. Buses serve the city from just outside this station, with a network providing the primary connections for the city and the surrounding area.
Most off-street car parks do provide a number of accessible spaces and facilities. Disabled drivers displaying their Blue Badge can park in most council-operated off-street car parks and on-street pay-and-display spaces, free of charge and for an unlimited amount of time. Signs on location will indicate whether parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
You can also filter when searching on JustPark to show all our parking spaces with disabled access in Portsmouth (select this option by clicking on ‘Filters’ on the search results page).
Parking is largely limited to pay-and-display in the city centre and on the seafront, but there are a good number of spaces – and most of the rest of the city has free on-street parking. However, it is worth noting that there are 30 resident permit zones across Portsmouth in which parking is prohibited for visiting drivers – so it is especially important to be aware of this in advance and pay attention to signage outlining restrictions.
Portsmouth football club play at Fratton Park, in the heart of Portsea Island in the Milton area of the city. Special match day restrictions apply in the surrounding area, in which no loading is allowed on most nearby streets and most parking is permit-restricted. Alternatively, free on-street parking is readily available around 10-15 minutes walk away from the ground.
On the JustPark map, we’ll only show you spaces which you’re allowed to park in during the time period you search for.
On-street parking charges apply 7 days a week unless signs on location state otherwise.
Overnight parking is available in most off-street car parks in Portsmouth at a generally affordable rate, with most council-operated sites and all of NCP’s car parks offering a nightly or 24 hour rate.
Enter your dates and times on our search results page to see what’s available overnight.
The birthplace of national treasures Charles Dickens and Isambard Kingdom Brunel has a long maritime and cultural history. Almost all of the city is located on Portsea island, separated from the mainland UK, meaning you’re never too far away from the sea in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Harbour is one of the busiest and largest ports in the UK and provides ferry journeys to much of Europe, as well as being a pleasant site for visitors. Whether it’s the sea you’re into or shopping in the lively centre, Portsmouth has a lot to offer – so park up, enjoy and take it all in.
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