How to get to Southampton for cruise from London, Heathrow, Gatwick.

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Southampton is one of three ports used by cruise ships visiting the London area. The others ports are Dover and Harwich.

Southampton Docks is the home port of the P&O and Cunard cruise fleet.

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Information - Cruise Port Southampton

Port of Southampton -- Southampton is one of the UK's busiest and most important sea and ferry ports, the city is located at a distance of 80 miles towards the southwest of London at the south coast of England.

The majority of cruises from Southampton go to the Baltic's, Canary Islands, Transatlantic, Norwegian Fjords and the Mediterranean.

Southampton Cruise Terminals

Southampton has four different cruise terminals. The cruise terminals are each a 5 minute taxi ride from the bus and coach stations in Southampton.

Mayflower Cruise Terminal - Berth 106

The Mayflower Terminal at Berth 105 - 106 is at Dock Gate 10. Dock Gate 10 is less than a mile from the terminal, and is a five-minute taxi ride from the Southampton Central railway station and the city centre. The airport is about 5 miles away.

A short stay car park is available adjacent to the Terminal, also a CPS valet parking is possible.

A taxi rank can be found outside the terminal Arrivals Hall.

The Mayflower terminal is used by Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, Cunard, and P&O Cruises.

City Cruise Terminal - Berth 101

This terminal at the Western Docks (Dock Gate 10) is used by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCL), Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen, ... The railway and coach station is one mile away. Taxi's and short term parking is available.

Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminal - Berth 38/39

This terminal is located at the Eastern Docks.

The QE II terminal is at Dock Gate 4 and used by Cunard Cruise Line (Queen Mary 2), Fred Olsen Cruise Line, and P&O Cruises. Dock Gate 4 is one mile from the terminal. A short stay car park is available adjacent to the Terminal, also taxis are available.

Ocean Cruise Terminal - Berth 46/47

This new cruise terminal at Dock Gate 4 (Eastern Docks) is often used by Cunard and P&O Cruises. Also short term parking and taxi's are available. The terminal is located at Ocean Dock, opposite the site of the old Ocean Terminal.

How to get to Southampton

By Car :

If you are driving from the North : London and the Home Counties, the M3, M27 and A34 provide direct road links into Southampton city centre. The A36 is the major route from the West Country, Bristol and Wales. From the East follow the A27/M27 and leave at Junction 8.

By road it will take about 2 hours to get to Southampton from London.

By Coach :

National Express provides regular services from Central London, London Heathrow Airport, Bournemouth, Birmingham and the North.

By Train :

From Southampton central station there are four departures an hour and journey times are 70 to 90 minutes to London's Waterloo Station. To check schedules, visit Southwest Trains or National Rail Enquiries online.

The railway station at Southampton is a five minute taxi ride from the cruise terminals.

By Air :

Southampton Airport : Southampton has its own airport on the outskirts of the city. Southampton International Airport is situated at the junction of M27 and M3 motorways. The Airport has 5 trains an hour to Southampton Central Station with a journey time of 7 minutes.

London Heathrow Airport : LHR airport is located 65 miles from Southampton, with direct coach services from Heathrow's central bus station to Southampton. From Heathrow there are no direct trains to Southampton, but there is a shuttle service between Heathrow's terminals and Woking Station by RailAir coach, connecting with frequent trains out of London's Waterloo station to Southampton.

London Gatwick Airport : This airport lies about 90 miles from the cruise terminals in Southampton. From Gatwick there are hourly direct train services (2 hours) to Southampton. There is also a cheaper but slower indirect coach option by National Express.