Southampton cruise terminals

Passengers guide to using 4 Southampton cruise terminals along the waterfront

Southampton Cruise Terminals Cruise Ship At Southampton City Cruise Terminal

Cruise ship at Southampton City Cruise terminal

Southampton Cruise terminals are about 80 miles (128km) from Central London. London's Heathrow Airport is the nearest London airport to Southampton, about 65 miles (105km) distant.


Southampton has a regional airport, the service to Paris may be of interest to a minority of travellers.

There are 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.


Southampton cruise terminals address

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.


Southampton port terminals ocean, queen elizabeth, city cruise, mayflower

The address for each cruise terminal is below and you can click on the links to see a map of each terminal.


Southampton Mayflower Cruise terminal

Berth 106, Dock Gate 10 , Southampton, SO15 1HJ

Map of Mayflower Cruise terminal

Southampton Ocean terminal

Cunard Road, Southampton, SO14 3QN

Map of Ocean Cruise terminal

Southampton City Cruise terminal

Western Docks, Southampton, SO15 1BS

Map of City Cruise terminal

Southampton Queen Elizabeth terminal

Berth 38/39, Dock Gate 4, Southampton, SO14 3GG

Map of Queen Elizabeth Cruise terminal

What time do cruises arrive in Southampton?

By far the majority of cruise ships arrive around 5am to 6.30am and have assisted disembarkation starting about 7am with the last stragglers coming off around 9am. A few ships dock at 8am. Most ships give priority to passengers with flights out the same morning around lunch time.

Many ships will make unassisted disembarkation available prior to that.


What time do cruises depart from Southampton?

All cruise ships depart the same day they arrive, normally around 5pm. Many passengers assume they can disembark much later than 9am, this is not normally the case. The first passengers for embarkation normally start arriving just as the last disembarkations come off around 9am.


Embarkation normally closes for departing cruises around 3pm to 4pm. Do check direct with your individual cruise, the above is what happens on the majority of cruises using Southampton, yours may be the exception.

What happens at disembarkation at Southampton Port?

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'.

How much is parking at Southampton cruise terminal?

Official onsite parking at ABParking in Southampton port starts at £88 for three days and we have seen prices as low as £150 for 21 days for self parking services. There are though a variety of options for parking at Southampton port and with different cruise lengths and peak seasons it is not possible to give a definitive answer to how much your parking will cost you. We have our own page on parking at Southampton Port which offers details on the lowest cost parking available in Southampton for cruises.


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.


Travelling to/from London and its airports

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.

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

Map of Southampton Hotels & Cruise Terminals
Late Heathrow Flight Solution For Morning Disembarkatioons From Southampton Cruise Ships