First Solent EV outside Fratton Park

Free bus travel for Pompey fans

  • Bus operator First Solent offers free travel for last home game of the season

To celebrate the first year of the successful partnership between First Solent and Portsmouth FC, the bus operator is offering FREE travel to Pompey fans on the last game of the season at Fratton Park.

On 20 April 2024, Portsmouth fans can travel for free, to and from the last home game of the season. To take advantage of the offer, the only requirement is that they are wearing a Portsmouth FC football shirt.

Football supporters will be able to use any of First Solent’s routes across the city to get to the game, including First Solent’s Service No 1 as direct link to Fratton Park. With the first of 62 new electric buses now in service across Portsmouth, Fareham and Gosport, fans may also get the chance to ride on the state-of-the-art new electric buses.

In August 2023, First Solent and Portsmouth FC first announced their corporate partnership for the 2023/24 season.  Working together, the operator and the club have been encouraging supporters to make use of public transport as an easy, sustainable way to travel to games at Fratton Park.

First South Managing Director, Simon Goff, said: “We have a proud history of serving the local community in Portsmouth, so what better way to celebrate than by offering Portsmouth FC fans free travel for the last game of the season? With our brand-new electric buses now on routes across the city, supporters may also get a chance to experience this new smoother, quieter ride. That’s if they can hear over the singing!

“We hope this free travel will be a great incentive to further encourage people to choose the bus as their preferred method of travel, especially on matchdays.” 

Mark Judges, Portsmouth FC Director of Sales, saidWe’re excited to see the new EV fleet in operation across the city, coinciding with the final home game of the season. This eco-friendly fleet of EV buses will provide supporters with a sustainable transportation option to and from Fratton Park, benefiting our local community.

“In addition, we're delighted that First South are offering our supporters the chance to travel to the final game of the season at Fratton Park for free, simply by wearing your cherished Pompey shirt!

“This generous gesture from First South exemplifies their commitment to our passionate fanbase, and we have no doubt it will be warmly embraced.”

Fans can use the First Bus app to plan their route or go to the First Solent website