We have had a lot of questions lately about getting from the Southampton Cruise Terminal to London. Some readers want to join a cruise in Southampton and are staying in London.
Others wish to do a tour or trip to London pre or mid cruise. And some want to make their own way to London due to trip cancelations, because of special events in London such as car free week in September.
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.
We thought a guide was in order to help those that want to visit London from Southampton.
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, and the max time the journey should take is 10mins although I have done it in less than 5 minutes.
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
Advance Train Tickets Southampton 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.
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.
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.
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.
What To Do In London In One Day If You Are Travelling From Southampton Cruise Terminal To London?
Is London wort 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.
Alternatively here is a great list of Harry Potter things to do in London. If you are a Harry Potter fan you can not visit London and not visit the House Of MinaLima, which can be found in a Potteresque style building on a side street in Londons trendy convent Garden.
Also check out London’s cool and hip Soho, the perfect place to people watch and check out unique shops, cafes and boutiques.
If You Travel From Southampton Cruise Terminal To London And Are Staying In London Longer?
See A Show
If You Fancy Seeing A Show In London Check Out London Lottery Tickets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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