Portsmouth in rental car

In the south of the United Kingdom, between the cities of Southampton and Brighton, we can find one of the oldest and most important localities in the area. Portsmouth is considered as one of the most densely populated cities not only in England but also in a great part of Europe. It is known as one of the cities that export the greatest amount of fruit all over the country. Moreover, Portsmouth has become one of the most important port cities all over the Old Continent.

Did you know Portsmouth is the only city which is, at the same time, the only island connected to England with roads? If you want to discover the fascinating history of this incredible city, explore its most emblematic locations, and know the reason why the Royal British Navy is based in this city, the only thing you need to do is to enter in our rental car specialized search engine and reserve the vehicle that perfectly meets your needs.


Once you have your rental car, you will be able to enjoy the whole city from end to end without any kind of restriction. When picking it up in Portsmouth, we recommend that, even though you don’t visit the most important points of the city, you do visit the following ones, for they will help you understand better its people and culture. The locations you should not miss are the D-day Museum, Royal Marines Museum, Spinnaker Tower, New Royal Theater, Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth City Museum, House-Museum of Charles Dickens, Southsea Castle, Royal Church of Garrison, and Saint John Roman Catholic Cathedral.

Furthermore, with our car hire deals, you will be able to explore the nearby cities, municipalities, villages and localities as, for example, Fareham, Waterlooville, Hayling Island, Chinchester, and much more.


In order to be able to get to the precious city of Portsmouth, you have different access points to choose, depending on the means of transportation you prefer to arrive at your destination. If you travel by plane, we suggest landing at the airports of Southampton and Gatwick, especially because you have the possibility to pick up your vehicle in the rental car area these locations have. If instead of traveling by plane, you prefer by ship, you will be able to access the center of the city from Portsmouth Sea Port. Whatever the option you choose, take advantage of rental car comparator of Pepecar and get the perfect means of transportation to get to your destination.

Southampton Airport

To get to your destination from this airport, you have two main routes. The first route will take you along the road M27 in the direction to the southeast. The distance to cover is about 31 kilometers, which means 22 minutes of the trip. The second route would be through the roads A27 and M27. Even though the distance is only 30 kilometers, the fact that you have to take two roads will slow down a little bit the whole trip, so it will take you about 28 minutes.

Gatwick Airport

This airport is considered as one of the most transited ones from all over the United Kingdom, and, also, is one of the closest ones from the city of Portsmouth. That is why it is so easy to get to your destination from this location. As your first option, we suggest taking the road A3. It is a trip of 123 kilometers and about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The second option will take you along the road A27. Even though this route is only 104 kilometers, the truth is that it will take you up to 1 hour and 22 minutes.

Portsmouth Sea Port

Finally, even though it is not the best option, many people prefer making a cruise to this seaport. It is not that complicated coming from the port to the center of the city. And, it is even easier with a rental car. Take the road Twyford Ave/A3. The trip will take you up to 6 minutes, as it is only 1.4 kilometers of distance.


Portsmouth is a city where you can live your entire life. Its weather, its people, its streets, its atmosphere: everything makes it the perfect location to live in or, at least, to spend as many days as possible during holidays. If all this is true, it is also true that you can visit many other astonishing cities from the south. To completely visit Portsmouth, as well as to go to Southampton and Brighton, we recommend entering our rental car website and reserving the vehicle you like the most and the one that best suits you to have an incomparable experience.


The first destination we recommend visiting is the incredible city of Southampton. It is located at a distance of about 35 kilometers from Portsmouth if you drive through the road M27, and about 30 kilometers if you take the roads M275 and M27. Depending on the way you take, the estimated time of arrival will be between 28 minutes and 32 minutes respectively. If you don’t know what to see and do once in Southampton, we recommend paying a visit to the Civic Art Gallery of Southampton, Mayflower Theater, Medieval Walls, Netley Abbey, Bargate, Tudor House, and Solent Sky Museum.


In the geographical opposite location to the first city, we have the astonishing Brighton. If you take the road A27 in the direction to the east for 80 kilometers, you will be able to access your destination in about 1 hour and 19 minutes. Another option could be going through the roads A27 and A23, though this trip of 100 kilometers will take you up to 1 hour and 33 minutes. If you decide to visit this wonderful city, don’t miss Brighton Pier, Royal Pavilion, Brighton Aquarium, Saint Bartholomew Church, Michael and All Saints Church, and Saint Lawrence Church.