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

Overview of transfer options between Southampton and London

It's about 80 miles (128km) 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.

Cheapest transfers between Southampton and London by public transport

The cheapest transfer option between central London and Southampton are the National Express scheduled buses. Full size 50-seat coaches with wash-rooms that travel between central London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Southampton. If you are from North America the service is very similar to Greyhound in North America..

However, 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 which 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.

Fastest budget transfer between Southampton and London

The fastest budget option are the Southampton train services, which are much faster but more expensive than the National Express bus service.. 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.

The train station in London that services Southampton is Waterloo Station, which may be some way from your hotel accommodation..

Shared van shuttle services

London & Southampton Cruise Shuttle Bus

The Southampton - London van shuttle service offers door to door shared service between your hotel in London or at Heathrow Airport and your cruise ship. This is a dedicated cruise ship service.

The van shuttle service will pick-up or drop at any accommodation in central London.

The vans themselves are relatively small and have a maximum of 4 drops or pick-ups.

There is one wave of cruise shuttles in each direction leaving central London mid-morning and Southampton on disembarkation which for most ships means around 8:30 am.

Cruise ship tour transfers by coach

Most visitors have limited time in London so sightseeing as part of your cruise ship transfers to and from Southampton makes both financial and time management sense.

In the London to Southampton direction there is one option that visits Stonehenge before arriving at your cruise ship early afternoon.

In the Southampton to London direction there are three full day options arriving at your London hotel around 6 pm that offer world class sightseeing at places like Windsor, Bath, Stonehenge and the Cotswolds.

The tour transfers normally operate with large touring coaches, supplemented by smaller feeder vehicles in London used for the hotel pick-ups and drops to minimise the time taken for hotel pick-ups and drops.

The full day tour transfers are guided, whilst the London to Southampton Stonehenge service has a tour manager and audio guides are supplied for the visit into Stonehenge.

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)

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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)

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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

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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.

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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.


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 and even large coaches 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. It's 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 7am and 8.30am.

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 it's 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
Precruise London 4-day tour with Southampton Cruise transfer tickets
Southampton to London via Cotswolds Cruise Ship tour and lunch

National Express Coaches between Southampton & London

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 wash-rooms.


Unlike the trains there are true e-tickets available online. Significant for people on cruises is the luggage allowance, 2 cases neither of which should weigh more than 20kg (44lb) 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 and there are no 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.

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Train route maps Southampton - London

Rail Map Between Southampton & London