There are 4 ways to get from Portsmouth to Harwich by train, bus or car

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Train  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the train from Portsmouth & Southsea to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Manningtree

£64 - £111

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Bus  •  7h 36m

  1. Take the bus from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard to London Victoria Coach Station
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Stansted Airport London
  3. Take the bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester 250 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue 102 / ...

£23 - £34

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Train, line 71 bus, bus  •  6h 13m

  1. Take the train from Portsmouth & Southsea to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Chelmsford
  3. Take the line 71 bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station to Colchester Town Centre, Head Street 71 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Colchester Town Centre, Head Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue 102 / ...

£64 - £105

Drive  •  2h 45m

  1. Drive from Portsmouth to Harwich 164.8 miles

£27 - £40

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The cheapest way to get from Portsmouth to Harwich is to bus which costs £22 - £35 and takes 7h 36m.

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The quickest way to get from Portsmouth to Harwich is to drive which costs £27 - £40 and takes 2h 45m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Portsmouth to Harwich. However, there are services departing from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard and arriving at Harwich, Mayflower Avenue via London Victoria Coach Station, Stansted Airport London and Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 36m.

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No, there is no direct train from Portsmouth to Harwich. However, there are services departing from Portsmouth & Southsea and arriving at Harwich Town via Waterloo station, Stratford (London) and Manningtree. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 2m.

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The distance between Portsmouth and Harwich is 130 miles. The road distance is 164.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Portsmouth to Harwich without a car is to train which takes 4h 2m and costs £60 - £120.

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It takes approximately 4h 2m to get from Portsmouth to Harwich, including transfers.

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Portsmouth to Harwich bus services, operated by National Express, depart from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard station.

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Portsmouth to Harwich train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Portsmouth & Southsea station.

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The best way to get from Portsmouth to Harwich is to train which takes 4h 2m and costs £60 - £120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £22 - £35 and takes 7h 36m.

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Map of how to get from Portsmouth to Harwich.
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  • Distance: 130.1 miles
  • Duration: 4h 2m

What companies run services between Portsmouth, England and Harwich, England?

You can take a train from Portsmouth to Harwich via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Stratford station, Stratford (London), and Manningtree in around 4h 2m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Portsmouth to Harwich via London Victoria Coach Station, Stansted Airport London, and Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street in around 7h 36m.

Train operators
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Portsmouth & Southsea to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£30 - £65
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£50 - £65
Greater Anglia
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Manningtree
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£23 - £35
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£11 - £17
Website
greateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Bus operators
First in Essex
Phone
+44 345 646 0707
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Railway Station to Colchester Town Centre, Head Street
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £10
Website
First in Essex
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, Head Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1h 16m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £9
Website
First in Essex
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£8 - £10
Website
First in Essex
Panther Travel
Phone
01255 554974
Email
info@panther-travel.co.uk
Website
panther-travel.co.uk
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, Head Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
Panther Travel
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
Panther Travel
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from PORTSMOUTH, The Hard to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £8
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National Express
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Stansted Airport London
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£5 - £7
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National Express
Bus from Stansted Airport London to Colchester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£4 - £7
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National Express
Airport Bus Express
Phone
0044 (0) 1279681984
Email
info@airportbusexpress.co.uk
Website
airportbusexpress.co.uk
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to London Stansted Airport Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£10
Website
Airport Bus Express
Arriva UK
Phone
+44 (0)191 520 4000
Email
enquiries@arriva.co.uk
Website
arriva.co.uk
Bus from Stansted Airport, Coach Station to Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
Arriva UK
Book at
arrivabus.co.uk

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Portsmouth to Harwich bus services, operated by First in Essex, arrive at Harwich, Mayflower Avenue station.

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Portsmouth to Harwich train services, operated by Greater Anglia, arrive at Manningtree station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Portsmouth to Harwich is 165 miles. It takes approximately 2h 45m to drive from Portsmouth to Harwich.

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