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Cruises from Southampton, Dover and Harwich

Cruise ports near London and how to get there with sightseeing options

London cruise ship transfers

The main cruise ports for London are Southampton, Dover and Harwich. All of these are within good proximity to London allowing you to incorporate city plans into your cruising itinerary. We will help you discover all you need to know about the options available.

You can book direct shuttle transfers, sightseeing tour transfers, public transport, private vehicles, shore excursions and accommodation.

In addition to visiting London and enjoying all it has to offer, there are also opportunities to take in some of the English countryside’s most famous and historic sites like Stonehenge, Windsor and Winchester.

Many of these are located along the cruise ship transfer routes, making them the perfect stop off point before boarding or after disembarking your cruise ship. Alternatively, if time or budget is not on your side you can transfer directly using either a pre-booked vehicle or public transport.

Relative position of Central London and Southampton

CRUISES FROM SOUTHAMPTON

Cruise transfer options between Southampton, London & Heathrow airport hotels

Southampton cruise terminal
Southampton cruise terminal

Take the hassle out of transferring from or to your cruise ship by using our guide on everything you need to know about Southampton cruise transfers.

It’s about 80 miles (130km) between Southampton and London and there are various transfer options available. You can transfer directly; travel via famous attractions like Stonehenge; or use public transport.

If you want to start or end your cruise holiday in style, then we have some flexible pre cruise and post cruise packages in London and Southampton. These can be tailored exactly to suit your needs and include private transfers.

There are a host of different transport options between London, the airports and Southampton. Your choice will be determined by budget, time and interest in visiting the attractions along the way. We’ll help find the best one for you.

There are: direct shuttle transfers, tour transfers with sightseeing and of course private taxi transfers.

London to Southampton transport options for cruise terminals

Explore your travel options from London to Southampton. Trains, coach, bespoke cruise shuttle transfers with/without sightseeing and private transfers are all available from the capital.

Bespoke cruise transfers pick up from Heathrow hotels and include optional sightseeing. Private transfers offer the ultimate in comfort and convenience. Or take the National Express Coach.

Travel by National Express Coach or train, or for a more relaxed journey book your own private transfer with a meet and greet service. This can be tailored with sightseeing options.

Stansted or Luton airport to Southampton

The best way to get to Southampton from London Stansted or Luton airport is to head into London and then pick up a transfer from there. Both airports are served by frequent direct trains into the capital which take approximately 30 minutes.

HOW TO GET TO SOUTHAMPTON

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Southampton Central train station

Trains to Southampton

The train is the fastest form of public transport but is more expensive than coach. Direct services depart from Waterloo Station to Southampton Central. After disembarking you must take an onward taxi journey from the rail station to your Southampton cruise terminal. Walking is too far with luggage.

Southampton coach station

Coaches to Southampton

The coach is the cheapest but slowest form of public transport. Direct separate coach services depart from London Victoria Station, Heathrow Airport and Gatwick to Southampton. Like the train you will need to take a local taxi Southampton cruise terminal on arrival in Southampton.


SHARED SHUTTLE TRANSFERS - LONDON, HEATHROW & CRUISE SHIPS

Key features of cruise ship shuttle transfers

  • Guaranteed to operate - there is no minimum group size and will run with only 1 passenger
  • Executive vehicles are used with wifi and uniformed drivers.
  • All Central London hotels, Air bnbs and Heathrow hotels are visited in both directions
  • Luggage allowance per person is 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 2 items of carry- on luggage (10kg each)

London and Heathrow Airport to Southampton direction

  • Maximum of 6 passengers, 4 pickups/drop offs per journey
  • Pickups mid-morning in London and Heathrow
  • Arrival at cruise terminals by 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Southampton to London and Heathrow Airport direction

  • Maximum of 8 passengers, 4 pickups/drop offs per journey
  • Meet n Greet at the Southampton cruise terminal between 0800 – 0830 am
  • Scheduled arrival into Heathrow is approx. 1030am and into central London 11am

Joining the cruise ship transfer service

Pick-up times are provided before you make a booking.

For the transfer to Southampton relax in your Central London or Heathrow hotel reception with your luggage, ready to board when the vehicle arrives.

At Heathrow Airport we cannot pick up from passenger terminals due to parking restrictions. The Sofitel Heathrow Hotel and the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 are linked to terminals 5 and 4 respectively. If you are using passenger terminals 2 or 3 you will need to take a hotel bus called the Heathrow Hoppa to one of the supported hotels.

For the transfer from Southampton you will be greeted by a representative as you enter the public area of the cruise terminal. airline style and directed to your vehicle. At Heathrow vehicles will drop you off at both Heathrow hotels and passenger terminals.

CRUISE SHUTTLE RESERVATIONS AND MORE INFORMATION 2023
£90 one-way


  • Pay in British Pounds, US Dollars or Euro
  • Guaranteed to operate - no minimum group size
  • Maximum of 8 passengers, 4 pickups/drop offs
  • Executive vehicles with wifi and uniformed drivers
  • If your ship is late docking, we will wait
  • Serves any London city centre hotel/Airbnb
  • Serves Heathrow Airport hotels, terminal drops

SOUTHAMPTON - LONDON DIRECT TRANSFERS - CAR PRICES & VEHICLES 2023

Saloon / Sedan car

STANDARD SALOON CAR (e.g. Toyota Prius)
Central London £260, Heathrow £193, Gatwick £226, Lon City Airport £261, Luton £251, Stansted £302
1- 2 passengers • 2 large, 2 hand luggage

Estate / Station Wagon car

ESTATE CAR (e.g. Ford Mondeo)
Central London £272, Heathrow £204, Gatwick £237, Lon City Airport £273, Luton £276, Stansted £314
3 passengers • 3 large, 4 hand luggage

MPV car

MPV (e.g. Ford Galaxy)
Central London £290, Heathrow £223, Gatwick £255, Lon City Airport £291, Luton £281, Stansted £332
4 passengers • 4 large, 5 hand luggage

Mercedes Vito

LARGE CAR / VAN (e.g. Mercedes Vito)
Central London £320, Heathrow £252, Gatwick £285, Lon City Airport £321, Luton £311, Stansted £361
5 - 8 passengers • 8 large, 8 hand luggage

Wheelchair accessible car

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE CAR (e.g. Vauxhall Vivaro)
Central London £320, Heathrow £252, Gatwick £285, Lon City Airport £321, Luton £311, Stansted £361
1- 8 passengers • 8 large, 8 hand luggage

* London reference hotel used: Marriott Kensington hotel

Large luggage: 35.5 x 29.5 x 16in or 90 x 75 x 43cm (max: 25Kg)

Hand luggage: 22 x 18 x 10in or 56 x 45 x 25cm (max: 10Kg)

On-line instant reservations enable you to book your transfer instantly and securely.

PUBLIC SHARED SOUTHAMPTON CRUISE SHIP TOUR TRANSFERS

Our cruise ship tour transfers are exclusive to cruise customers disembarking or boarding ships at Southampton cruise port. A great opportunity to include world class sightseeing on your journey to or from your cruise ship.

Like the Southampton direct cruise ship shuttle service the tour transfer service is door to door between your cruise ship and your London or Heathrow Airport hotel. The service also drops at Heathrow passenger terminals.

Important note regarding timings for 2023

It is not expected that there will be covid restrictions for the 2023 cruise season. However the situation will be monitored and possible timed embarkation procedures may be introduced. If so, it may be necessary to amend slightly the advertised timings. This is to ensure guests arrive at the cruise terminal at their allocated embarkation time. If timed embarkation policies are introduced, all customers will be contacted prior to the transfer to confirm their specific timings.

Half day tour transfers travelling between London & Heathrow Airport and Southampton

These tours work in either direction - between London and Southampton Port. You will be met either at your Heathrow or Central London hotel early morning and arrive at your cruise ship around early afternoon, or alternatively met from the cruise port and taken via your chosen attraction to your London hotel. You will spend around 2 hours at the sightseeing attraction.

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Pre-cruise transfer stopping off at Stonehenge en route to Southampton. Entry to Stonehenge included.

Book now from £92pp

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Post cruise transfer visiting Windsor Castle from Southampton to London. Entry to the Castle is included.

Book now from £95pp

Transfer tour of Stonehenge between London hotels and Heathrow or Gatwick airports

Stonehenge

Pre-cruise transfer stopping off at Stonehenge en route to Southampton. Entry to Stonehenge included.

Book now from £92pp

Full day tour transfers travelling from Southampton to Heathrow Airport & London

Your driver will meet you at the terminal building exit from 08:00am and will accompany you to the coach. We plan to leave Southampton by 08:30am. There is a typical walk of about 75 yards to the vehicle where the driver will load your luggage into the hold. In the unlikely event your ship is delayed into port, we will delay our departure. Some transfer tours include Heathrow, others go directly to London after the tour. Do double check when booking your tour covers the drop-off you need.   

Drops begin at Heathrow Airport (when applicable, hotels and passenger terminals) typically around 5:00pm and Central London hotels about one hour later.

Cotswolds tour

Private tour - Cotswolds & pub lunch

Private visit to Bampton from Downton Abbey, Stow-on-Wold with 2-course lunch in a 15th century inn in beautiful Burford. Price below based on two sharing.

Book now from £563pp

Harry Potter Studio

Warner Bros. Studio - Harry Potter

Enjoy a full day tour at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter with transfer to London or Heathrow from Southampton.

Book now adult £145pp

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor tour

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor

This transfer takes you to Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and finally Windsor Castle. Entrances are extra and can be added on at time of booking.

Book now from £109pp

Bath and Windsor cruise transfer Southampton

Georgian City of Bath & Windsor

This transfer from Southampton will take you to the beautiful city of Bath to visit the Roman Baths and also the majestic Windsor Castle. Entrances can be added on at booking.

Book now from £109pp


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