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User currently offlineTatTVC From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

I'm wondering what is the best way to get from LHR (or just London) to Portsmouth. This will be my first time in the UK and I would like to ride a train but I haven't been able to find a site for UK rail with descriptions of first, second class, routes, classes, ect. Should I just look when I get to the UK, buy in advance, or just buy a car and drive? I will be there in august, so I think this is holiday month? If so will there be large crowds on the route which I will be traveling?

TatTVC
Tim


"Your time is limited- don't waste it living someone else's life" -Steve Jobs
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User currently offlineSteve7E7 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 478 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

Tim

The National Rail site should be able to answer a few of your questions:

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/


User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1532 times:

Number 285 bus to Feltham Station from Heathrow Central, train to Clapham Junction then change for one to Portsmouth. National Rail will sort the itinery and fares for you. Going this way avoids the centre of London which, even without the current situation, is to be done at all costs!!!

Depending on the time of day you travel depends on the crowds. I travelled up from Gatwick last weekend and used the Feltham route and found it quick, clean and surprisingly efficient.

Hope this helps

Andy  old 



Growing old is compulsory, growing up is optional
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1520 times:

How about NX (National Express) do they not do a route like that. Sure i heard some SOU residents have done that

www.nationalexpress.com i belive

Departs Arrives Duration Changes Details Facilities Select


05:45 09:25 3hrs 40min
55 min wait (London (central)) 1 View WC

07:05 08:35 1hr 30min 0 View WC

07:05 11:10 4hrs 5min
45 min wait (Bournemouth) 1 View WC

07:25 11:40 4hrs 15min
40 min wait (London (central)) 1 View WC

08:00 09:25 1hr 25min 0 View WC

08:30 12:30 4hrs
40 min wait (London (central)) 1 View WC

Just did a quick search. Some directs, some via london WOW and the price is good. £12.50 one way


User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

A more direct route from LHR would be to take the RailAir coach to Woking and then a train direct to Portsmouth.
As for how busy and how much it will cost, that would depend on when you travelled



"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

IM SO SORRY. God knows why im sending ya to SOU

Must of still been asleep

SORRY


User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

Yeah, Trident3's right. There's a RailAir coach from LHR to Woking station every 15mins ish, and then South West Trains have a train to Portsmouth Harbour roughly every 15-30mins from Woking. The coach takes about 30mins, the train journey about 50mins. The RailAir coach stops outside every terminal at Heathrow and delivers you right to the door of the ticket office at Woking. You can walk up and just ask for a 'single to Portsmouth' in the queue, should cost just over £10.


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User currently offlineTatTVC From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1421 times:

Double. I'll have my girlfriend with me. Is there some way to buy a better seat on the train down to Portsmouth? I would like to take the most comfortable way down.

Tim
TatTVC



"Your time is limited- don't waste it living someone else's life" -Steve Jobs
User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 2 days ago) and read 1420 times:

For some reason, I find that getting from Heathrow to Portsmouth isn't the easiest drive. It's nerve-wracking and slow.

You could buy a first class ticket on the train. That's probably the best you'll get. I never have a problem riding in second class.

Mark

[Edited 2005-07-30 18:42:54]

User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1393 times:

http://www.thetrainline.com will give you an idea about fares, use the most expensive as a guide. As a rule walk up fares are higher than advance bookings, and a return will work out better value than two singles. All you get travelling first class on South West Trains is a better seat, there is nothing else included.http://www.swtrains.co.uk[Edited 2005-07-30 19:55:13]

[Edited 2005-07-30 19:56:10]


"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineTrident3 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1013 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1388 times:

Bugger this ,I can't get the links to work properly.



I'll get my coat



"We are the warrior race-Tough men in the toughest sport." Brian Noble, Head Coach, Great Britain Rugby League.
User currently offlineGoAround From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 616 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1373 times:

There shouldn't really be any need to book in advance, however. Depends on your time of travel, but usually afternoon-evening you'll get a better deal on the train. I believe nearly all the trains operating on the London Waterloo-Woking-Portsmouth line are the new fleet - there really is no problem on the train in second class. First Class tickets will cost double with the only advantage being a separate section in the train. The tickets are expensive enough anyway!


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