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Travel to Portsmouth

Booking an airport pickup with ICP is highly recommended. It is the quick and hassle-free way to get to Portsmouth.  ICP works with a contracted taxi company so the price is very reasonable. Please book your airport pickup.

There are also other alternative transfer options as follows;

Travelling by coach

Students can travel by National Express coach which runs buses directly from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Portsmouth. This is the cheapest way to travel. Transfer times are approximately 3 hours (Heathrow) and 4.5 hours (Gatwick). If you favour this option you will need to book your ticket 24 hours in advance of boarding the bus and make your own way to the correct coach pick up point at the airport (which is determined by your arrival terminal) to board the coach.

For a full list of fares, departure times, pick up points and to book online please go to the National Express website at nationalexpress.com (Please remember to read the terms and conditions).

For assistance with arranging your first night's accommodation please contact accommodation@icp.port.ac.uk where the ICP accommodation team will be happy to help.

Travelling by train

Many train services offer either 'Standard', or 'First' Class' tickets (and therefore seating). First Class is much more expensive than 'Standard Class', which most people find perfectly comfortable. It is advisable to book a seat in advance on long distance journeys, especially if you plan to travel on a Friday.

Train services are operated by a variety of different companies. Some companies offer special deals, especially if booked in advance, on certain routes (usually longer distance routes). For timetables and fares, see nationalrail.co.uk

Students can get the train from Gatwick or Heathrow to London and then get a connecting train from Paddington to Portsmouth. For train times and prices please see nationalrail.co.uk (Please remember to read the terms and conditions).

Please make sure you book your train ticket before travelling to Portsmouth.

For assistance with arranging your first night's accommodation please contact accommodation@icp.port.ac.uk where the ICP accommodation team will be happy to help.

Late arrival

If you arrive late in Portsmouth without informing a member of the ICP accommodation team, ICP will not be able to assist you with your first night's accommodation.

The accommodation team is more than happy to help all late arrivals arrange their first night's accommodation in advance. Please contact a member of the accommodation team for more information. Please note that if you land later than 19:00 (GMT) we recommend for you to stay in a hotel near your arrival airport for the night. ICP are happy to help you arrange this.

Hotel bookings

Please contact studentservices@icp.port.ac.uk for information regarding hotel bookings in Portsmouth. The team will be more than happy to assist you with booking a hotel for you or your family.

Please note that your parents/family may not be allowed to stay overnight in your new accommodation and it is best for them to arrange a hotel for their stay in Portsmouth. Please contact studentservices@icp.port.ac.uk for assistance with booking a hotel for your family.