Getting From The Southampton Cruise Terminal To London


We have had a lot of questions lately about getting from the Southampton Cruise Terminal to London. If you are joining a cruise in Southampton and are staying in London this will be helpful. The Port of Southampton has five different Cruise terminals and is the main UK ship port for cruises.

If you’re planning to set off from Southampton Cruise terminal and want to travel in to London you will need to pick know the best and easiest routes. Southampton Cruise port is often labelled as the London Port but it is actually Central London is over 80 miles away and can take around two hours.

If you arrive in Southampton you may just be going home or you may wish to do a tour or trip to London pre or mid cruise. Making your own way to London can hard to navigate due to trip cancelations, train strikes and because of special events in London such as car free week in September. This is everything you need to know about getting too and from London to Southampton cruise port terminal before your next cruise.

This is everything you need to know about getting too and from London to Southampton cruise port terminal before your next cruise.

How many terminals does Southampton Port have?

Southampton port has 5 terminals. Some are a few minutes walk while others will require a 5 minute taxi.

The terminals at Southampton are;

  • City Cruise
  • Horizon
  • Mayflower
  • Ocean
  • QEII

On Paper Getting From The Southampton Cruise Terminal To London Seems A Long Way.

However in reality is is no more tricker than getting from Civitavecchia to Rome. It just takes a little planning. You have a choice of Car, car rental, Mini bus, taxi or train.

Getting to Southampton cruise port from London by Train

How far is the train station from Southampton Cruise Terminal?

The distance between Southampton Central Station and Port of Southampton is 1.7 miles however it is not that easy to walk.

Getting From Southampton To London

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Take a look at our Handy London Guide of things to do here

Getting From Southampton Cruise Terminal To Southampton Central Train Station.

The train station is 1.7 miles from the the cruise terminal. You will find taxis queueing outside the station at all times. The max time the journey should take is 10 minute from port to station although I have done it in less than 5 minutes.

Getting from Southampton port to Southampton Central station

And if you are cruising with a baby check out our cruising with a baby tips page. Or for cruising with teens take a look at out cruising with teens post.

Getting The Train From Southampton Cruise Terminal To London, How Much Is A Train Ticket From Southampton To London?

To find the cheapest train fare to London from Southampton book EARLY. Booking in advance can save £50 pounds or more per person on a return journey.

Here is an example of train tickets at the last minute on Trainline and those weeks in advance.

Last Minute Train Tickets Southampton To London

Last Minute Train Tickets Southampton To London , Southampton Cruise Terminal To London

Advance Train Tickets Southampton To London

Last Minute Train Tickets Southampton To London, Southampton Cruise Terminal To London

As you can see planning your trip makes a huge difference cost wise. Also ensure you book through a recommended site such as Trainline.

And if you live out of the UK you can download the app and download your tickets to your smartphone. However you must ensure you have full phone battery for both journeys.

How Long Does The Train Take From Southampton Cruise Terminal To London?

The average train journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes. Be mindful when booking your tickets that you do not book a ticket with any connections. Direct routes are much quicker.

When booking your return ticket allow extra time for cancellations and missed trains. Always ensure there is another train after your train that gets to the port in time for sail away just in case.

Does the London Tube go to Southampton?

No the tube does not take you direct to Southhampton however there is a direct train departing from London Waterloo and arriving at Southampton Central. These services depart every 30 minutes, every day. The average train journey takes approximately 1h 30m from London to Southampton cruise port

Where Will The Train From Southampton To London Take Me To?

The train from Southampton Cruise Terminal To London will take in into London’s Waterloo where you can jump onto the London Underground to see the sights of London.

Is London Underground Easy To Navigate?

Yes the underground is super easy to navigate. You can pay by swiping your bank card as you go in and out of the stations. This calculates the best day fare at the end of the day. Alternatively you can buy a day ticket from a booth in the station.

The underground in sectioned into zones, you can see the Zones below are indicate by colours going outwards. Zone 1 is central London and it works outwards to zone 6.

Waterloo is in zone 1 so if you want to only visit locations in zone 1 or 1 and 2 these are the zones you will buy a day ticket for.

Zones of the underground, Southampton Cruise Terminal To London

The tube (train) lines are all indicated by colour, and run across the zones, where you can see dots on the lines indicates where they are connected to another line at a station. This is where you can change trains. Its very easy to navigate and the staff in the stations are always super helpful.

Getting to Southampton cruise port from London by Bus

You can get a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Regents Park Road Southampton. This is the cheapest option however takes approximately 3 hours. National Express Coach from Southampton to London is 1 hour 35 mins the fastest journey and can cost as little as £5.80 a journey.

Getting to Southampton cruise port from London by Taxi

Getting to Southampton cruise port from London by Taxi is by far a nice easy trip however it could set you back over £150. There are lots of options for booking taxi transfers.

What To Do In London In One Day If You Are Travelling From Southampton Cruise Terminal To London?

Is London worth the 3 hour round trip? I would say absolutely, there is so much to see and do. Yes, there are the traditional London sights and landmarks. However there are also lots of unique things to see and do.

What To Do In London If You Are Visiting For A Day?

And want to see something a little unique, check out the streets of Belgravia and Notting Hill. Here you will find pretty pastel coloured streets, pink cake shops and swanky shops and wine bars.

What To Do In London In Day

Take a look at these great places to visit in London while you are there!

Harry Potter Things To Do In London

Also check out London’s cool and hip Soho, the perfect place to people watch and check out unique shops, cafes and boutiques.

What to do in Soho

If You Travel From Southampton Cruise Terminal To London And Are Staying In London Longer?

See A Show in London

If You Fancy Seeing A Show In London Check Out Londons best place to get cheap tickets.

Or try the London Theatre Tickets Lottery is a great way to get bargain front row tickets. And with so many show now becoming involved and a huge choice of shows in London this is a fantastic way to save money when visiting London.

London Theatre Ticket Lottery

Or Take A Bus Tour.

The London Bus Tours are a great way to see all of the sights in London. And because you can hop on and off you not only get your bearing pretty quickly, you also get to cover A LOT of the city. You can even take an Electric bus tour!

Do A Little Shopping.

One of our favourite places to shop is Covent Garden it is packed to the brim of trendy and high end stores. And if you love perfume and makeup then its the cosmetic capital of London.

And of course if you are on a family cruise with kids you can’t visit London and not visit Hamleys.

Jo Malone London

Where To Stay In London Before Or After A Cruise?

Luxury Hotels In London

The Le Meridian is located right in the heart of London steps from Piccadilly Circus. Not only is the hotel location one of the best in London. It also has a pool. The breakfast is plentiful, however the rooms are on the smaller side which is what you would expect for central London.

Le-Meridien-Piccadilly Where to stay in London

The Montcalm Marble Arch

The Montcalm Shoreditch is located in trendy Shoreditch which is a super cool, luxurious hotel with a spa, pool, restaurants and gorgeous rooms. It’s only minutes walk to New Street tube station and the perfect base for a luxury stay in London.


Budget Hotels In London

Premier Inn, Travel Lodge and Novotel are all fantastic budget hotels. Premier Inn and Travel Lodge are more basic. You will pay a little more for Novotel however they are a lot cooler and much more contemporary.

You can get some great deals in central locations at all 3 chains its just a case of shopping around.

So there you have it our guide for getting from Southampton Cruise Terminal To London. Also a few hints and tips on what to do when you are there.

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