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Southampton Coach & Rail Stations

A Cruise Passengers Guide using public transport between Southampton cruise ships and London and beyond


 London South West Train At Southampton

London Train At Southampton

For cruise passengers travelling to and from their ship in Southampton by public transport they will arrive at either the city centre rail station or the National Express coach station. Both are within a few hundred yards of each other. The coach is the cheapest option, but much slower than the trains that are also much more frequent.

A key aspect to remember at Southampton is that there are four cruise terminals strung along about two miles of the waterfront at Southampton. We have a Southampton map at the foot of this page that depicts the relative position of each cruise terminal to the bus and rail stations.

Southampton Central Station & Southampton By Train

There are several rail stations in Southampton. The station appropriate for the cruise passengers is Southampton Central, the main city centre station.

The station is fairly basic with just a ticket office and basic refreshment facilities and toilets. There is no left luggage facility. Southampton Central is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

At the moment there are no true etickets on UK railways and the cheapest fares are normally advance purchase where available. Inside the entrance to Southampton train station is a machine where you can pick up tickets ordered for and paid for in advance on-line or you can have them sent to your home address.

Taxi cabs are freely available outside the main entrance to the station.

Southampton By Train - Full Details

Southampton Coach Station & Southampton By Bus

The National Express coach station is very close to the rail station. Its a small, but modern coach station with limited seating areas and basic facilities.

This bus station is dedicated to National Express, other local buses do not come here.

Southampton Coach Station

Southampton Coach Station


There are three National Express routes to and from Southampton that provide direct services between London Victoria, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. Unlike the railways, National Express have true e-tickets - the moment you make your reservation your e-tickets are e-mailed to you. You can pay using major credit cards.


There is a small taxi rank outside and inside the small terminal is a snack bar, toilets and ticket office.

Close to the bus station about 400m away are the Novotel, Ibis Budget and Ibis hotels that can easily be walked to with luggage. The Premier Inn West Quay hotel is also within walking distance with luggage.

A regional shopping mall is also on your doorstep and the train station about 300m away.

Southampton By Bus - Full Details

Transfers Between Cruise Terminals & Southampton Coach Station

 Southampton Taxi Cab

Typical Southampton Taxi Cab

No shuttle buses are provided between the cruise and bus station at Southampton.

You therefore need to get a taxi between the cruise terminals and the bus station. The fare should be between £6 and £10.

The picture right shows a typical Southampton taxi (they are all white). If there are 3 or 4 of you with 2 cases each plus hand luggage you may need more than one taxi.


In the morning if there are 3 or 4 cruise ships unloading simultaneously (quite common) there may be queues for the taxi's. The taxi ranks are very well marshalled though.


A few hardy soles walk between the coach station and the City Cruise Terminal, with luggage this will take about 15 minutes. Its too far with luggage to walk to other cruise terminals from the coach station.

The position of Southampton coach station relative to each cruise terminal and the main hotels are marked on our Southampton map.


Map of Southampton Cruise Shuttle Bus Routes
Southampton Cruise Ship Shuttles & Tour Transfers 2015

Services available all dates when Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Crystal, Oceania, Celebrity and Princess cruise ships are visiting Southampton.

London to Southampton Direction
Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Cruise Ship With Stop At Stonehenge After pick-up from your London or Heathrow hotel you will be driven in an air conditioned touring bus to your Southampton via a short stop of 90 mins at world famous Stonehenge.

Simply disembark from the coach at Southampton and walk into check-in at your cruise terminal between 13:30 and 14:00, in time for a late lunch!

Southampton To London Direction
Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

London & Heathrow non-stop - 2 non-stop separate services from cruise ship to Heathrow Airport and Central London hotels using 4-16 seater executive cars/minivans to ensure a speedy service..

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor Tour Transfer - Visit 3 world class attractions in one day on your transfer to London or Heathrow. Arrives Heathrow around 5 p.m. and London hotels around 6 p.m.

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Downton Abbey Themed Tour Transfer - Visit film locations of the Downton Abbey TV series + Blenheim then to London or Heathrow. Arrives Heathrow around 6 p.m. and London hotels around 7 p.m.


Map of Southampton Hotels & Cruise Terminals
Visit Stonehenge or Windsor on your transfer to/from your Southampton Cruise Ship
Late Heathrow Flight Solution For Morning Disembarkatioons From Southampton Cruise Ships
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