Intensive Driving Courses in Portsmouth

Whether you’ve never taken any lessons before or just have a little polishing to do before you take your test, our driving school is here to help all of Portsmouth’s learners to say goodbye to the L plates and hello to a lifetime of freedom on the roads. With fast-track tests, home and workplace pickups and top-notch instructors, we’re the intensive driving course company shaking up driving lessons. Read on to find out more about our courses in Portsmouth and to see what makes us unique.

Booking intensive driving courses in Portsmouth

While traditional schools drag lessons out over months, and other crash course companies make you take all of your lessons in just a 5-day period, PassMeFast does things differently. That’s because we focus on you, and offer a range of intensive and semi-intensive options that can help you to get on the road fast without having to take days off work or put other commitments on hold.

Our courses and prices are diverse, catering for complete beginners, experienced learners, and everyone in between. No matter which one you pick, though, you’ll still get the same fantastic benefits. These include fast-track practical and theory tests, which can help you to dodge the waiting times most learners have to put up with. You’ll also have our office team working to sort out all the admin for you, as well as—of course—a brilliant instructor taking you for your lessons.

Interested in automatic intensive driving lessons in Portsmouth?

If you’d rather learn in an automatic than a manual, you’re not alone. That’s why PassMeFast offers all of its courses in both transmissions—so you’re free to learn in a vehicle that suits you best. Just make sure to select an automatic course when booking in.

Though we’re fast both by name and nature, we don’t rush things. We focus on the quality of our service to ensure that our intensive courses help to build safe driving habits that last a lifetime. What’s more, you set the pace. So, if you’ve got plenty of time on your hands and want to get your lessons boxed off within as little as a few days, then you’ve got the power to do exactly that! Got a busy schedule? No problem! Spread out your lessons to fit your lifestyle.

PassMeFast is the flexible way to get your licence fast. So, find your perfect match via our course recommender, then call us on 0333 123 4949 to chat to a member of the team. We’ll be happy to steer you in the right direction, and help making your journey to getting on the road a smooth one. You can also book your driving course online in just a few clicks!

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Why choose PassMeFast for your intensive driving course?

  • Courses to suit all drivers
  • Flexible driving lessons to fit any schedule
  • Learn with experienced instructors
  • Home and workplace pickups
  • Pass in as little as one week

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Practical driving test centres in Portsmouth

As one of the major cities along the south coast, it should come as little surprise to learn that Portsmouth has its own practical test centre. Be aware, though, that the Portsmouth driving test centre isn’t located on Portsea Island itself, but on the mainland, just north of Cosham. If you’re looking for alternatives, then the closest are Lee-on-the-Solent and Southampton Forest Hills.

Theory test centres in Portsmouth

While most learners have now come to terms with the reality that the theory test doesn’t come with a guaranteed pass, many are still unaware of how important the test is. So, here are a few tips from PassMeFast. First, learn your multiple choice answers thoroughly, and check out our hazard perception dos and don’ts. Next, save yourself the stress of wondering where your test will take place! In this area, the Portsmouth theory test centre is the obvious choice, while useful backups are Fareham and Southampton.

Haven't taken your theory test yet?

We’ve got another bit of advice for you: make sure you get your test booked in early! Passing your theory test means you can focus on the practical, and avoids any delays to the process of learning to drive. To make things even easier, let PassMeFast book your theory for you. All you need to do is add the theory test onto your booking.

Driving around Portsmouth

Some driving schools make their learners travel far outside of their local area to take lessons. With PassMeFast, however, we focus on helping you to learn close to home. With a test centre right here in Portsmouth, this means that you’ll be practising on local roads, with an extra focus on those close to the test centre in the Cosham part of the city. This will help to combat those test day nerves and help you to feel ready to take on the test.

Map showing Portsmouth within Portsmouth

As you won’t be able to predict an exact test route, your instructor will take you across a wide variety of road types in the Cosham and Portchester areas. Some tests also cross over into Portsea Island itself, with parts of Hilsea present on some routes. As such, you’ll need to show that you’re just as skilled at driving in a quiet suburb as you are on a high-speed A road.

Driving Instructors in Portsmouth

Most learners find driving instructors in Portsmouth by searching online or through a recommendation. Many instructors use social media or websites to advertise themselves and some are listed on the DVSA website. It can be difficult to find an available instructor — they’re still in very high demand after lockdowns, with some waiting lists up to 4 months long!

Need a driving instructor in Portsmouth? PassMeFast do the hard work of matching you with an instructor that suits your availability. We have 179 driving instructors in and around Portsmouth who’ll work around your schedule and help you get on the road in a flash.

Wondering how fast you can pass? Our flexible but intensive driving courses mean you learn efficiently and boost your chances of passing ASAP. Instead of making you wait for ages for a test after your lessons, we fast-track your test before assigning an expert driving instructor to teach you. This goal-focused structure ensures your driving skills are fresh in your mind for your test so you’re more likely to pass.

Over 50,000 people have taken the faster route to driving with PassMeFast — and you can be next! Enter your postcode here to find prices in your area.

Driving Schools in Portsmouth

Instead of learning to drive with an independent driving instructor, some people choose to learn with a driving school. Driving schools tend to offer a slower, more traditional approach to learning to drive than intensive course specialists like PassMeFast.

The major downside of the traditional 1- or 2-hour weekly lesson is that you don’t get to book a test until your instructor thinks you are ready — and with most test centres in Hampshire being fully booked months in advance, you could end up waiting a long time (and wasting money on lessons to stop your skills from getting rusty while you wait).

PassMeFast works around you and your schedule, and your lessons will be at a pace that works for you in a modern, goal-focused way. PassMeFast is the faster and easier route to driving — we’ll do all the admin, our courses include a fast-tracked practical test date, and your driving instructor will pick you up from home or work.


Portsmouth Fact File

Famous for Home of the Royal Navy
Population 238,800
County Hampshire
Local council Portsmouth
Major local roads A27 to Pevensey and Whiteparish
A2030 to Bedhampton
A3 to London
Railway station Portsmouth and Southsea train station
Portsmouth Harbour train station

Places near Portsmouth


Cropped Google Map with pin over Cosham


  • Cosham is one of the few parts of Portsmouth not on Portsea Island itself
  • Its origins are ancient, with the area being mentioned in the Domesday Book
  • Only a few of the area’s original buildings still exist, with some eighteenth-century cottages being demolished in the 1960s
  • The North Harbour area of Cosham is today home to the UK headquarters of IBM


Cropped Google Map with pin over Fratton


  • The name Fratton developed out of the original Froddington, which still survives in certain local business names
  • Fratton became part of the city of Portsmouth in the latter decades of the nineteenth century
  • Originally, the area was rural, but became residential following the building of new housing developments
  • The area gives its name to Fratton Park, the home of Portsmouth FC, though the actual stadium is outside of the area


Cropped Google Map with pin over Hilsea


  • Hilsea lies in the north of Portsea Island, and became part of Portsmouth in 1832
  • Hilsea was once home to barracks built in 1780; these were demolished in the mid-twentieth century
  • The Hilsea Lines, former fortifications in the area, are today a nature reserve
  • The area is also the base of Portsmouth RFC, a rugby union team founded in 1886


Cropped Google Map with pin over Southsea


  • Lying to the south of Portsmouth city centre, Southsea became a notable resort in the Victorian era
  • Once called Croxton Town, its current name comes from an earlier source: Southsea Castle
  • Despite its location in a large city, the area is home to Southsea Common, an area of grassland originally reserved for defence purposes
  • Today, it’s home to the Kings Theatre, as well as several museums

Do driving schools use automatic cars?

Not every driving school uses automatic cars. It depends on the instructors they have on their books, and the availability of those instructors. Some driving schools offer manual only, some offer automatic only, and some offer both transmissions. PassMeFast work with plenty of manual and automatic driving instructors in Preston and the rest of the UK.

Which areas does PassMeFast cover?

Getting your licence is simpler than ever thanks to PassMeFast. What’s more, we don’t just cover Portsmouth—our courses are available across Hampshire. To find out more about what we offer in your area, follow any of the links below.

Start your journey now. Call the team on 0333 123 4949 to speak to the team, or book your driving course online by clicking on the button below.

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What is the driving test pass rate in Portsmouth?

The driving test pass rate in Portsmouth is 48.3%. It’s understandable that some people choose their test centre based on the pass rate, but it’s not as important as you’d think. There are lots of factors that can influence a pass rate, such as the number of tests taken in the area. Whether or not you pass simply depends on how you perform on the day.

Where is the local driving test centre for Portsmouth?

The local driving test centre in Portsmouth is the Portsmouth test centre. Just pop PO17 6AR into the Sat Nav and head to James Callaghan Drive bright and early. It’s usually best to pick the test centre closest to you when you book your test. You’ll do your driving lessons in this area and become familiar with the route you’ll use during the test.