This page is designed to help bus enthusiasts with their observations and photographs of the local Portsmouth area. This page has been created purely from local enthusiasts' observations, and there has been no input from the company. If you wish to find actual bus timetables for each route, please visit the First Hampshire website.

Last Updated: 28th October 2016

Note: for Gunwharf/Portsmouth Harbour Rail Station/the Historic Dockyard, I refer to the same location as The Hard throughout this page.

Route Number

Ultimate Destinations

Passing Frequency Any notable interworking?

Depot that operates route...

Usual Bus Allocation Approximate PVR (from enthusiasts, not official figures!)

Good Photography locations

(AM) or (PM) indicates the easiest time for the sun

1 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Eastney & Southsea circular City Centre - Fratton - Eastney - Southsea SPP - Southsea Palmerston Road - Old Portsmouth Mon - Sat every 10mins in each direction

Sun & BH every 20mins in each direction

At The Hard, route 1 interworks with route 3 Hoeford

Hilsea has 66% of operation on Sunday & BH

Wright Streetlite and Scania Omnicity PVR 24 across routes 1 and 3 The Hard (midday/late afternoon), City Centre (also Bishop Crispian Way AM summer), Eastney (Highlands Road - both directions in summer mornings), Southsea SPP (best in afternoon), Palmerston Road and Old Portsmouth (AM and midday)
2 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Paulsgrove Allaway Avenue City Centre, Eastney, Copnor, Hilsea, Cosham, QA Hospital Mon-Sat 10mins Sun 20mins - Hilsea

Some workings from Hoeford

Wright Streetlite PVR approx 13-14 Mon-Sat QA Hospital (midday) Cosham Bus Interchange & Highbury Buildings for southbound services only, Portsmouth City Centre, Bishop Crispian Way/Queen St, The Hard (midday/late afternoon)
3  Portsmouth (The Hard) - Fareham

 

Portchester, Paulsgrove, QA Hospital, Cosham, North End, Portsmouth city centre Every 10 minutes

 Sunday - Every 20 minutes

At The Hard, route 3 interworks with route 1. Hoeford Mon-Sat

Hilsea has 66% of operation on Sunday & BH

Wright Streetlite and Scania Omnicity PVR 24 across routes 1 and 3 Fareham bus station, Portchester Precinct, QA Hospital (midday) Cosham Bus Interchange & Highbury Buildings for southbound services only, Portsmouth City Centre, Bishop Crispian Way/Queen St, The Hard (midday/late afternoon)
X4  Portsmouth (The Hard) - Southampton Woolston, Lowford, Locks Heath, Fareham, Portchester, M275, Portsmouth city centre

Extended to Clarence Pier on Sundays

Mon-Sat 30mins

Sunday hourly

The X4 interworks with the X5 in Southampton. Hoeford "Solent Rangers" branded Wright Streetlite Max The X4 interworks with the X5 at Southampton. PVR approximately 13-15 with peak extras.  Southampton city centre, Woolston link road, Locks Heath centre, Fareham Hartlands Road/ bus station, Portchester Precinct, the A27 in Northarbour (AM or PM, not midday) Portsmouth City Centre, Bishop Crispian Way/Queen St, The Hard
7 Southsea (South Parade Pier) - Wecock Farm Portsmouth city centre, North End, Hilsea Lido, Cosham, Crookhorn, Waterlooville Mon - Sat every 10mins

Sunday every 20mins

- Hilsea "The Star" branded Wright Streetlite Max PVR 15, based on observations Waterlooville (AM or PM, not midday), Crookhorn (northbound services AM), Cosham bus interchange AM, Cosham Northern Road & Highbury Buildings PM) for southbound services only, Portsmouth city centre, Southsea (Palmerston Road AM and South Parade Pier anytime)
7C Southsea, Portsmouth & Hilsea - Southdowns College Cosham, Crookhorn Mon - Fri College Days only, about 2 buses per hour off peak - Hoeford 

Hilsea operate some peak journeys

Streetlite or Omnicity with extras in peak. PVR 1 with extras in peak Waterlooville (AM or PM, not midday), Crookhorn (southbound services AM), Cosham bus interchange AM, Cosham Northern Road & Highbury Buildings PM for southbound services only
8 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Clanfield Portsmouth city centre, North End, Hilsea Lido, Cosham, Purbrook, Waterlooville  Mon - Sat every 15mins

Sunday every 20mins

- Hilsea "The Star" branded Wright Streetlite Max PVR 9 approx, based on observations Clanfield village, Waterlooville (AM or PM, not midday), Cosham bus interchange AM, Cosham Northern Road & Highbury Buildings for southbound services PM, North End (AM or PM, not midday), Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST).
X9 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Denmead & Hambledon Portsmouth city centre, M275, QA Hospital, Stakes, Waterlooville Mon-Sat every 30mins to Denmead, hourly extensions to Hambledon - Hilsea Enviro200 (usually longer examples) PVR 4 Denmead Green (midday onwards), Waterlooville (AM or PM, not midday), QA Hospital midday, Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST).
13 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Milton  Fratton, Milton Mon-Sat 30mins

Hourly Sundays

At Milton, buses become a 14 and continue back to The Hard via Baffins Hilsea Enviro200 / Wright Streetlite PVR 2 Portsmouth city centre is best, Fratton PM, Locksway Road (midday for both directions), Furze Lane AM or PM, St Marys Hospital midday 
14 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Baffins Portsmouth city centre, Copnor, Baffins Mon-Sat 30mins

Hourly Sundays

At Milton, buses become a 13 and continue back to The Hard via Milton Hilsea Enviro200 / Wright Streetlite PVR 2 Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST). Shots also possible around Baffins & Portsmouth college.
15 Eastney (Ferry Road) - The Hard Fratton Bridge, Arundel Street, City Centre Mon-Sat hourly - Hilsea Enviro200 / Wright Streetlite PVR 1 Hayling Ferry (any time), Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST).
16 The Hard - Eastney (Ferry Road) Old Portsmouth, Clarence Pier, Southsea SPP Sundays only - hourly - Hilsea Enviro200 / Wright Streetlite PVR 1 Hayling Ferry (any time), Southsea seafront (AM or PM, not midday), Clarence Pier (anytime), Old Portsmouth (midday onwards), Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST).
17 Tipner - Southsea (South Parade Pier) North End, Copnor, Eastney, Southsea SPP Mon-Sat 30mins 

Sunday Hourly

Route 17s become route 18s at Palmerston Road, Southsea Hilsea shorter Enviro200 PVR 6 (together with route 18) Tipner anytime, North End (PM), Eastney Highland Road (AM both directions on corner of Bristol Road, BST only), South Parade Pier, Palmerston Road AM
18 Southsea (South Parade Pier) - Paulsgrove (Hillsley Road) Palmerston Road, Fratton, North End, Hilsea, Cosham Mon-Sat 30mins 

Sunday Hourly

Route 18s become route 17s at Palmerston Road, Southsea Hilsea shorter Enviro200 PVR 6 (together with route 17) Palmerston Road AM, Fratton PM, North End PM, Cosham bus interchange / Highbury buildings for southbound services, QA Hospital midday
19

19A

Portsmouth (city centre) - North End Old Portsmouth, Southsea (Palmerston Road), Albert Road, Fratton, Eastern Road, Portsmouth College Mon-Fri about every 2 hours

19A - Mon-Fri peak journey

- Hilsea Enviro200 (usually one of the shorter ones). May be a Solo or Streetlite PVR 1 Portsmouth city centre, Old Portsmouth point, Old Portsmouth (Duisburg Road) from midday, Southsea Palmerston Road AM. Other places are available, but I would suggest any of the above.
22 Highbury - Farlington Cosham, Cosham rail station, Wymering Road, Drayton every 70 minutes - Hilsea Optare Solo / Enviro200 mini PVR 1 Cosham (Highbury buildings), Drayton (am), Farlington Sainsbury's
P & R Tipner P&R site - The Hard M275, Portsmouth city centre Daily - frequencies vary - Hoeford Enviro400

Dennis Trident as back up

PVR 3 (peak & Saturdays), PVR 2 off peak

City centre / Bishop Crispian Way (summer), The Hard
U1 Langstone Campus - Cambridge Rd Goldsmith Ave, Fratton, Winston Churchil Ave weekday term time - every 20mins

weekend/not term time - every 40mins

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Hoeford

Volvo B7TLs or ADL Tridents PVR 2 term time

PVR 1 weekends/holidays

Cambridge Road is best in my opinion.
U2 IMS Eastney - Cambridge Road Goldsmith Ave, Fratton, Winston Churchill Ave hourly term time Mon-Fri - Hoeford Dart 42728 PVR 1 Cambridge Road is best in my opinion.

First also operate route 27 from Havant:

27 Emsworth (Hospital) - Rowlands Castle Havant, Leigh Park every 2 hours - Hilsea Wright Streetlite or Enviro200 PVR 1 Different angles around Rowland Castle, Havant bus station (am and lunchtime)

 

For the benefit of enthusiasts, there are details below of Stagecoach South services in the Portsmouth & Waterlooville area.

All routes operated by Stagecoach's Farlington (Portsmouth) depot, except the 700, which is additionally worked by Chichester.

Route Number

Ultimate Destinations

Passing Frequency Usual Bus Allocation Approximate PVR (from enthusiasts, not official figures!)

Good Photography locations in and around Portsmouth only

(AM) or (PM) indicates the easiest time for the sun

20 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Havant The Hard, Portsmouth City Centre, Stamshaw, Hilsea, Cosham, QA Hospital, Crookhorn, Bedhampton Mon-Sat 30mins Enviro300 PVR 6 to 7 Havant bus station (AM), Crookhorn (southbound services), Cosham (bus interchange AM, or Northern Parade & Highbury Buildings midday and PM - all for southbound services), Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST)
21 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Anchorage Park & Havant Portsmouth (city centre), Anchorage Park, Eastern Road, Farlington Mon-Sat every 10mins to Anch. Park, every 30mins to Havant

Sunday every 30mins to Anch. Park, hourly to Havant

Enviro300 PVR 8 Havant bus station (AM), Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST).
23 Southsea (South Parade Pier) - Leigh Park Southsea (Palmerston Road), The Hard, City Centre, North End, Hilsea, Cosham, Farlington, Havant Mon-Sat every 10mins

Sunday   every 20mins

Enviro300 You will need to stand for just over an hour in Havant to record all the departures.

In Portsmouth, buses will come back round after just-under 2 hours.

Havant bus station (AM), Cosham (bus interchange AM, or Northern Parade & Highbury Buildings midday and PM - all for southbound services), Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST), Old Portsmouth (midday), Duisburg Way (midday), Palmerston Road (AM), Southsea SPP
24 Farlington - Port Solent

Withdrawn 27/3

 Drayton, Cosham, QA Hospital, Northarbour Daily every 70 minutes short Dart SLF or Optare Solo PVR 1 Port Solent, Cosham high street, Farlington Sainsburys car park
700 Portsmouth (The Hard) - Chichester & Felpham Portchester, Cosham (Health Centre AM), Crookhorn & QA Hospital (PM) Mon - Sat every 20 minutes

Sun every 30 minutes to Chichester

Enviro 400 - 7 from Portsmouth and 5 from Chichester PVR 12 Havant bus station (AM), Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST), Old Portsmouth (midday), Duisburg Way (midday), Palmerston Road (AM), Southsea SPP
Hoverbus Southsea (Clarence Pier) - Portsmouth (City Centre) Portsmouth (The Hard) Usually half hourly, but dependent on Hovercraft departures 36925, a dedicated branded Enviro200, unless it is poorly PVR 1 Portsmouth city centre, Bishop Crispian Way (summer AM), Portsmouth Queen St, Portsmouth (The Hard) any time for buses coming into The Hard, late afternoon/evening on stand (4pm ish BST), Clarence Pier