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Southampton - Heathrow Airport Transfers For Cruises

Details of Independent Travel Between Southampton and Heathrow Airport London


London Heathrow Airport Transfers

Its about 65 miles (105 kms) between Southampton to Heathrow Airport.

Between Southampton and Heathrow Airport there is a wide choice of transport, both public transport and private hire, though note there are no direct shared van shuttle style services available between London and Southampton, though there is a cruise bus that is very similar.

If you do not want to take the expensive transport offered by the cruise line, these are your options:

  • The cheapest option are the National Express scheduled buses. Full size 50 seat coaches with washrooms that depart from outside the passenger terminals at Heathrow, though if you are using Terminals 1 or 3 you have to use the bus station situated between them. They do not go to the cruise terminals, you will need a taxi between Southampton Bus Station and one of Southampton's four cruise terminals.

  • The only door to door shared service between your hotel in Heathrow and the cruise terminal are the Southampton Cruise Bus Shuttles. These are normally full size touring buses that pick-up from a subset of Heathrow hotels, but not passenger terminals. In the reverse direction, from Southampton the buses do drop at passenger terminals and the main Heathrow hotels. In either direction the buses take a break half way at Stonehenge.

  • In the Southampton to London direction there are Southampton transfer tours. A proper guided tour in a luxury touring coach visiting major attractions like Windsor Castle, Bath and Stonehenge before dropping you off at your hotel or passenger terminal at Heathrow late afternoon.

  • Southampton train services are not really viable between Heathrow and Southampton as there is no direct service. A RailAir bus connects Heathrow with the trains coming out of London to Southampton at Woking, about 15 miles from Heathrow. But why bother when there is a cheaper, direct National Express coach service.

  • And of course the money no object option is a private car service door to door at a time specified by you. If you have a group there are vans, even coaches available.


National Express Coaches

National Express Coach

The cheapest option by scheduled public transport are coach services by National Express.

The National Express Coaches are much slower and much cheaper than the train services. They are modern air-conditioned buses with washrooms.

Unlike the trains there are true e-tickets available on-line. Significant for people on cruises is the luggage allowance, 2 cases neither of which should weigh more than 20kg (44lbs) before steep surcharges kick in.

The passenger terminals are literally miles apart at Heathrow. The Southampton bus visits Terminals 4 and 5, but terminates at Heathrow Bus Station without going to Terminals 1 or 3. Its a 10 minute walk from the bus station to either Terminal 1 and 3, underground, mostly along moving walkways. The buses also do not go to the cruise terminals, you will need a taxi between Southampton Bus Station and one of Southampton's four cruise terminals.

National Express To/From Southampton - More Details

National Express Coaches Route Maps Southampton - London

Bus Map Between Southampton & London

Cruise Bus Shuttles & Tours Between Southampton and Heathrow Airport

Offering direct transport between your cruise ship and Heathrow are dedicated cruise buses servicing individual cruise ships. The buses service Heathrow hotels and passenger terminals, though pick-ups can only be offered from Heathrow hotels.

In the direction to Southampton the bus takes a break at Stonehenge with time for you to visit this world famous monument.

In the Southampton to London direction there is a choice of a direct service and a full day guided tour transfer visiting Salisbury, Stonehenge and Windsor.

Southampton Cruise Bus Shuttles & Tours - More Details


Map of Southampton Cruise Shuttle Bus Routes

Private Transfer Options Between Southampton and Heathrow Airport

Private Cars Southampton -  London

Of course private cars and larger vehicles are available. You select what time you want to depart. Vehicles all the way from saloon/sedan cars to large coaches are available. Note, with cruise transfers, more often than not it is the amount of luggage that determines the size of vehicle required, not the number of passengers.


With a clear road, London to Heathrow is about 90 minutes but London's roads are congested. Its quite important you budget adequate contingency time . If the motorway is congested or there is an accident, alternative routes are much, much slower. Nearly all cruise ships have assisted disembarkation between about 7 a.m. and 08:30 a.m. During weekdays, transfers into London and its airports have a high probability of road congestion delays at the tail end of the morning commuter traffic once you approach the Heathrow area.

Going towards Southampton its not so bad, but if you are travelling on a summer Saturday, the road down to Southampton can be at gridlock in the morning as half of London makes for the beaches.

Private Cars and Vans To/From Southampton - More Details


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