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Southampton Cruise Transfers To/From Central London

Details of Independent Travel Between Southampton and Central London by public transport and private vehicle


Cruise Ship Southampton Ocean Cruise Terminal

Its about 80 miles (128 kms) between Southampton to the centre of London.

Between Southampton and Central London there is a wide choice of transport, both public transport and private hire, tour transfers and van shuttles.


If you do not want to take the expensive transport offered by the cruise line, these are your options:


The Cheapest Transfer Between Southampton and London

The cheapest option are the National Express scheduled buses. Full size 50 seat coaches with washrooms that travel between Central London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Southampton.


The buses do not go to the cruise terminals, you will need a taxi between Southampton Bus Station and one of Southampton's four cruise terminals and they do not stop at hotels in London or the airports.

The coach station in London is at Victoria that may be far from your London hotel, London has no downtown district in the North American sense.


Your flight luggage allowance may well be larger than the luggage allowance on these coaches.


The Fastest Budget Transfer Between Southampton and London

The fastest budget option are the Southampton train services. Several trains an hour run between Southampton Central Station and London's Waterloo Station and a separate service runs to Gatwick Airport. There are no trains to Heathrow Airport.

Like the National Express buses you will need a taxi between Southampton Train Station that is very close to the Coach Station and one of Southampton's four cruise terminals.


Shared Van Shuttle Services & Fully Guided Coach Transfer Tours

London & Southampton Cruise Shuttle Bus

Offering door to door shared service between your hotel in London or at Heathrow Airport are a variety of van shuutles and tour transfers that combine your transfer with sightseeing along the way at places like Stonehenge and Windsor Castle..


The direct shuttles use small vehicles with a maximum of eight passengers and four hotel pick-ups or drops.

The tour transfers normally operate with large touring coaches with smaller vehicles used for the hotel pickups and drops.


Private Cars, Vans & Coaches Door To Door

For the ultimate in convenience private cars/vans with driver offer door to door transfers at a time of your choosing. If you have a group there are vans, even large coaches available.


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

Services available all dates when Royal Caribbean, Oceania, NCL, Celebrity, Princess & Azamara Quest cruise ships are visiting Southampton.

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 (Maximum 8 passengers)

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.

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 or Heathrow hotel / passenger terminal (Maximum 8 passengers)

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

Bath & Cotswolds woth Pub Lunch Tour Transfer - Visit Georgian Bath, get a taster of the scenic Cotswolds region of England and have a pub lunch in a medieval inn. Arrives Heathrow around 6 p.m. and London hotels around 7 p.m.

Private Transfer Options Between Southampton and London

Of course private cars and larger vehicles are available. You select what time you want to depart. Vehicles all the way from saloon/sedan cars to large coaches are available. Note, with cruise transfers, more often than not it is the amount of luggage that determines the size of vehicle required, not the number of passengers.


With a clear road, London to Southampton is about 2 hours but London's roads are congested. Its quite important you budget adequate contingency time . If the motorway is congested or there is an accident, alternative routes are much, much slower. Nearly all cruise ships have assisted disembarkation between about 7 a.m. and 08:30 a.m.


During weekdays, transfers into London and its airports have a high probability of road congestion delays at the tail end of the morning commuter traffic once you approach the Heathrow area and the turn-off for Gatwick.


Going towards Southampton its not so bad, but if you are travelling on a summer Saturday, the road down to Southampton can be at gridlock in the morning as half of London makes for the beaches.

Private Cars and Vans To/From Southampton - More Details


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

National Express Coaches

National Express Coach

The cheapest option by scheduled public transport are coach services by National Express.

The National Express Coaches are much slower and much cheaper than the train services. They are modern air-conditioned buses with washrooms.

Unlike the trains there are true e-tickets available on-line. Significant for people on cruises is the luggage allowance, 2 cases neither of which should weigh more than 20kg (44lbs) before steep surcharges kick in.

The other critical aspect is that you may well spend more on getting to and from the bus station at Southampton and London Victoria than on the journey between Southampton and London. In London the bus terminates at Victoria Coach Station, quite a way from many of the hotel districts, this is the only stop, there are not stops at hotels or other locations.

National Express To/From Southampton - More Details

National Express Coaches Route Maps Southampton - London

Rail Map Between Southampton & London

Train Between Southampton and London

 London South West Train At Southampton

London Train At Southampton

On a good day with a clear road, a vehicle will make London to Southampton in under 2 hours. The trains between London Waterloo and Southampton take between 80 and 100 minutes.

There are no seat reservations on the trains, but unlike the National Express buses the amount of luggage you can carry on board is only limited by your ability to carry it, (don't expect any assistance).


The train station is very near Southampton Coach Station, so just like the National Express coaches you need a taxi between train station and cruise terminals.

The terminus in London for the train is London Waterloo on the south side of the River Thames.

Waterloo can be a long way from many hotels, there is a more exotic indirect route from Paddington Station in London, which may be much closer to your hotel avoiding a very tedious trek across London with luggage.

Southampton by Train - More Details

Train Route Maps Southampton - London

Rail Map Between Southampton & London

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