Southampton coach and rail stations

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 e-tickets 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 online 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 details

Southampton Coach Station

Southampton Coach Station


Southampton coach station by bus

The National Express coach station is very close to the rail station. It's 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.

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 emailed 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 details


Transfers between cruise terminals & Southampton coach station

 Southampton Taxi Cab London to Southampton private transfers

Southampton taxi cab

No shuttle buses are provided between the cruise ship terminals and bus and train stations at Southampton.

You therefore need to get a taxi between the cruise terminals and the bus station. The fare should be between £6 and £11.

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 souls walk between the coach station and the City Cruise Terminal, with luggage this will take about 15 minutes. It's 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 to London Cruise Shuttle Bus Routes

London to Southampton Direction

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Southampton Direct Shared Van Shuttle
After pick-up from your London or Heathrow hotel you will be driven to your cruise ship at Southampton. The only stops are to pick-up others on your cruise sharing the journey with you. (Each vehicle has a maximum 8 passengers and there is a maximum of 4 hotel pick-ups)

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Southampton 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 cruise ship with a stop of around 90 mins at world famous Stonehenge. The ships porters will unload your luggage from the coach.

Precruise 4 day tour London Southampton to London - More Information

4-day pre-cruise tour of London with transfer to Southampton cruise port
Enjoy three nights' stay in a 4- or 5-star London hotel with fully guided day tour of London including river cruise, plus free time to explore London or take excursion to popular attraction in England; transfer to Southampton included.

Southampton to London Direction

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

London & Heathrow Direct Shared Van Shuttle
After pick-up from your cruise ship at Southampton you will be driven to your London hotel or Heathrow hotel or passenger terminal. The only stops are the drops with the cruise passengers sharing the vehicle with you. (Each vehicle has a maximum 8 passengers and there is a mximum of 4 hotel drops)

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor Tour Transfer
Visit 3 world class attractions in one day on your transfer from your cruise ship at Southampton toyour London hotel or Heathrow airport, (hotels or passenger terminals). An opportunity to visit Salisbury Cathedral, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. Arrives Heathrow around 5pm and London hotels around 6pm

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Bath & Windsor Tour Transfer
Visit Georgian Bath, get a taster of the scenic Cotswolds region of England and then visit Windsor and the castle that the Queen of England calls home. Arrives Heathrow around 5pm and London hotels around 6pm.

Southampton Cruise Bus - More Information

Cotswold Villages, Downton Abbey locations & country pub lunch
Visit the Cotswold villages of Bampton - home of 'Downton Abbey' and Burford and the impressive market-town of Stow-on-the-Wold and enjoy a fabulous lunch in a 15th century inn. Arrives Heathrow between 4.15pm and 4.45pm and central London 5.45pm - 6.30pm.


Southampton Map with main hotels, cruise terminals and rail/bus stations

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
Southampton to London via Cotswolds Cruise Ship tour and lunch
Pre-cruise London 4-day tour with Southampton Cruise transfer tickets