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United Kingdom
State: South East England
Population: 197,700
Major roads: M 27
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Portsmouth is a city in England. The city is wholly located on Portsea Island in the Solent, which is connected to mainland England by three road bridges and a railway bridge. The city is famous for its naval base (with HMS Victory and Mary Rose open for visitors) and Gunwharf Quays Shopping Centre.

The city is not of the nicest in Britain, and hitch-hiking out of it seems to be difficult − perhaps because of a lot of antisocial behaviour in the city.

Hitchhiking out

North/West/East out of city

Theoretically, there is a good place to stand right at the start of M275 motorway, by the continental fery port where A3 splits - there is a wide place to stop (about the entire lane of hatched markings), a lot of traffic and a speed limit of 50mph.

However, due to a lot of antisocial behaviour in the city and complete paranoia of the city's citizens, the waits may be long. It may be better to ask someone personally at a petrol station nearby. If the driver is going towards Brighton, and you are going towards Southampton, and them to drop you off at Farlington Services, off the Portsmouth (E) exit (A2030), where M 27 becomes A27. It is far easier to hitch-hike from outside Portsmouth.

South by ferry to Fishbourne, Isle of Wight

The easiest way to hitch to the Isle of Wight is on a car ferry run by Wightlink [1]. As with most ferries, the cars are queued up in a lot before they are directed on to the ferry. The lot is easy to get to by foot, and although it is overrun with mean-looking workers in day-glo vests, nobody stopped Keith in Sept. 2011. People pay for the car and the price is the same for any number of passengers, so it shouldn't be tough to find a ride. You may even want to turn some rides down until you find one going to your destination.

By ferry to France (St. Malo, Le Havre, Cherbourg), Channel Islands and Spain (Bilbao)

According to the port's website [2], there are three ferries operating to France, the Channel Islands, and Spain. They are Condor [3], LD [4], and Britany [5]. All of them appear to have different prices for different numbers of passengers, so it seems unlikely to be able to hitch a ride in a car.

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