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Southampton Cruise Terminals

A Passengers Guide To Using The 4 Southampton Cruise Terminals Strung Along The Waterfront


Cruise Ship At Southampton City Cruise Terminal

Cruise Ship At Southampton City Cruise Terminal

Southampton Cruise terminals are about 80 miles (128 kms) from Central London. London's Heathrow Airport is the nearest London airport to Southampton, about 65 miles (105 kms) distant. Southampton has a regional airport, the service to Paris may be of interest to a minority of travellers.


There are currently four separate cruise terminals strung along about two miles of the waterfront. From west to east these are the Mayflower, City, Ocean and Queen Elizabeth terminals. (See Southampton map at bottom of page).

Southampton is one of three major ports used by cruise ships visiting the London area. The others are Dover and Harwich, both similar distances from London than Southampton.

Only one cruise ship can dock at each terminal. On a few dates each year when all four cruise terminals have been booked out a temporary terminal is often used between the Mayflower and City Cruise Terminal.


All of the cruise terminals are well within the docks themselves. You cannot walk directly out of any of the cruise terminals onto the streets of Southampton itself. On the public side of customs when using the cruise terminals there are few facilities apart from toilets.

Disembarkation and Embarkation At Southampton

By far the majority of cruise ships arrive around 5.a.m. to 6:30 a.m. and have assisted disembarkation starting about 07:00 with the last stragglers coming off around 09:00. A few ships dock at 8 a.m. Most ships give priority to those passengers with flights out the same morning around lunch time.

Many ships will make unassisted disembarkation available prior to that.

All cruise ships depart the same day they arrive, normally around 17:00. Many passengers assume they can disembark much later than 09:00, this is not normally the case. The first passengers for embarkation normally start arriving just as the last disembarkations come off around 09:00.

London Cruise Transfers Q&A

Embarkation normally closes for departing cruises around 15:00 to 16:00

Do check direct with your individual cruise, the above is what happens on the vast majority of cruises using Southampton, yours may be the exception.


On disembarkation marshalling is very well organised and you will not be pestered by touts for hotels and taxis and such like. If somebody does approach you offering transportation, this practice is illegal and should be avoided at all costs. Only the fully licensed white Southampton taxi cabs can solicit for business.

The taxi ranks outside each terminal are orderly and well regulated. If there are 4 ships in port all disembarking at the same time, queues happen, but you will not have to wait too long.

If you are using a cruise line coach transfer you will be escorted directly to your waiting coach immediately outside the terminal. If you have pre booked a taxi or charter bus the driver will normally be outside the customs/baggage hall with your name on a board 'airport style'.

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.

Travelling To/From London And Its Airports.

Southampton Hotel Video

We have dedicated pages looking in detail at all the options in depth. There is frequent direct public transport to Central London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports. For Stansted and Luton Airports you will need to change buses or train in London.

Southampton to/from Heathrow Airport

Southampton to/from Gatwick Airport

Southampton to/from Central London

Southampton Hotels For Cruises

There are no hotels adjacent to any of the cruise terminals.

If you are using the City Cruise Terminal, then the Ibis, Novotel and Ibis Budget hotels are walkable if you have light luggage.

We have a Southampton Cruise Hotels page detailing all the main hotels within a mile of the cruise terminals at Southampton. Use this detail, together with the map blow depicting relative locations of hotels and cruise terminals to make the right choice for you.


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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