Coach Travel to Southampton Cruise Terminal: The 4 Best Options

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I regularly travel by coach when I take cruises from Southampton. For us, it’s the cheapest and easiest way to get from the North of England to Southampton.

I have driven and flown before, there’s also the option of trains, but usually, taking a coach is the best way to get to Southampton for a cruise.

In this guide, I’ll show you all of the coach companies you should look at for your cruise.

coach to southampton

1. Intercruises – Cruise Connect

Intercruises offers a coach transfer service called Cruise Connect for passengers who are cruising with Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises or Marella.

This service will take you from a local pick-up point, all the way to the ship. Your luggage is taken care of too, so when you arrive at the coach you won’t see it again until it’s delivered to your cabin on board your ship.

In the 20+ years that Intercruises has been operating, they’ve never missed a sailing. As the coach only contains cruise passengers, if there’s ever a delay then the ship will wait.

Children aged 3 to 12 travel for a reduced fare and under 3s go free. Car seats are advised, but not necessary.

You won’t often find children on board, so when they do go on the coach the friendly drivers usually make a fuss of them. We even got to watch Moana on the onboard TV on our last journey to Southampton. And I must say, the over 60s loved it!

When you book a P&O Cruise, you may be given the option to have free coach travel or car parking at the terminal. The free coach will be provided by Intercruises. Even if you don’t have this option or if you choose a Saver Fare with no free coach, you can still book the coach yourself directly through InterCruises.

  • Cruise lines: Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Marella
  • Pick up points: 50
  • Drop off: At the ship
  • Wheelchair access: Yes

2. Eavesway Travel – Cruiselink

Eavesway Coach

Eavesway Travel offers a coach service to Southampton, Dover and Newcastle for passengers travelling with Celebrity Cruises, Fred.Olsen, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. It’s only available for cruises of five nights or more.

Coaches depart from stops across the North of England, Midlands and South Wales.

The company dates back to 1931 and has been offering coaches to Southampton Cruise Terminal since the 90s. The coaches are very luxurious with leather seats and free wifi.

The Cruiselink coaches only carry cruise passengers, so you can be sure that you won’t miss the ship. Your luggage will be taken care of too, so you won’t need to carry it yourself.

Parents should note that on Eavesway coaches, a car seat or booster seat is compulsory for kids under 12 or under 135cm tall. My kids use the BubbleBum inflatable booster seat when we travel. There are no reduced prices for children – they will pay the full adult fare.

  • Cruise lines: Celebrity Cruises, Fred.Olsen, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean
  • Pick up points: Around 30
  • Drop off: At the ship
  • Wheelchair access: Yes

3. Megabus

Megabus

The cheapest way to get to Southampton is the Megabus. I’ve used this service to travel from Manchester to Southampton for as little as £12. I also like to use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to get the coach tickets for free!

The Megabus will drop you off in Southampton City Centre, just over a mile from the Cruise Terminal. It is possible to walk, but with luggage, it’s easier to get a taxi or Uber.

When taking the Megabus, you’ll likely want to travel the day before your cruise in case there are delays. Staying overnight in a hotel in Southampton will reduce the stress of travel and give you time to relax before your cruise.

Children aged 4 to 14 get a 10% discount and those under 4 travel free, although they aren’t guaranteed a seat.

  • Cruise lines: All
  • Pick up points: 16 direct + 90 indirect
  • Drop off: Southampton City Centre (East Park Terrace Stop IC)
  • Wheelchair access: Yes

4. National Express

National Express

National Express is the UK’s largest coach company. The coaches are comfortable with lots of legroom and free wifi. They usually don’t cost much more than the Megabus if you book early enough.

National Express Coaches stop at Southampton Coach Station which is just over one mile from the Cruise Terminal. You can walk, but most people find it easier to take a taxi or Uber.

If you take the National Express to Southampton for a cruise, it’s a good idea to travel the day before in case of delays. This is particularly true if you have to take more than one coach as if the first coach is delayed you may miss your second one.

National Express doesn’t offer discounts for children. Children aged 3 and up are charged the full adult fare. Children aged under 3 travel for free and you can book a free ticket to ensure that they have a seat.

  • Cruise lines: All
  • Pick up points: 26 direct + 400 indirect
  • Drop off: Southampton Coach Station (Harbour Parade)
  • Wheelchair access: Yes

5. Omio

Omio is a price comparison site for coaches, trains and flights. While a coach is often the best way to get to Southampton, it can sometimes be cheaper and faster to take the train or even to fly.

I find that it’s worth checking on Omio, as the website will quickly show you all of your travel options so that you can be sure that the coach is the best one.

It doesn’t check all of the coach services, so you’ll still need to look at those individually, but it can be helpful for spotting any good value train tickets or plane tickets that you might not have considered.

view of ship from coach
Only Intercruises and Eavesway will take you straight to the ship

Popular Coach Routes to Southampton

Here’s some information about how to get to Southampton by coach from some of the main cities in the UK…

Coach from Glasgow to Southampton Cruise Terminal

Coaches from Glasgow to Southampton with Intercruises Cruise Connect or Eavesway Travel depart at around 3.30 am with a journey time of around 10 hours. This will take you straight to your cruise ship in time for check-in. It’s only available for guests cruising with Celebrity Cruises, Cunard, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean.

Alternatively, you can take the overnight National Express Service from Glasgow to Southampton. You’ll need to change coaches at Birmingham or London and the total journey time is 12 to 14 hours.

Coach from Liverpool to Southampton Cruise Terminal

You can take a coach from Liverpool to Southampton Cruise Terminal with Eavesway or Intercruises. The pick-up time is approximately 7 am and you’ll be taken straight to your cruise ship.

Alternatively, you can take the National Express coach the day before your cruise. The journey takes 8 to 10 hours and you’ll need to change coaches at Birmingham or London.

Coach from London to Southampton Cruise Terminal

Intercruises Cruise Connect offers a coach service from London Victoria and London Heathrow to Southampton Cruise Terminal. This is only available for those cruising with Cunard, P&O Cruises or Princess Cruises.

There are also National Express coach services from London Victoria and Hammersmith to Southampton Coach Station. Direct coaches take around 2 to 2 1⁄2 hours.

Coach from Manchester to Southampton Cruise Terminal

There is no direct coach from Manchester to Southampton Cruise Terminal. But, Intercruises Cruise Connect and Eavesway Travel both offer a service from Knutsford Services to Southampton Cruise Port with a pick-up time of around 8 am and a journey time of around 5 hours.

Megabus offers a direct coach from Manchester Coach Station to Southampton Coach Station with a journey time of 6 to 7 hours.

You can also take the National Express from Manchester to Southampton. This requires changing at London or Birmingham and the total journey time is 8 to 11 hours.

Coach from Birmingham to Southampton Cruise Terminal

Intercruises Cruise Connect and Eavesway Travel both offer coach travel from Birmingham to Southampton Cruise Port. The pick-up time from Hilton Park Services in North Birmingham is around 9.15 am or from Hopwood Park Services in South Birmingham is around 10.15 am. The journey takes 3 to 4 hours.

There’s a Megabus service from Birmingham Brunel Street to Southampton City Centre that takes 3 1⁄2 to 4 hours. Due to the timings, you would need to take the coach the day before your cruise.

You can also take the National Express from Birmingham Coach Station to Southampton Coach Station. Direct journeys take 3 1⁄2 to 4 1⁄2 hours.

Coach from Leeds to Southampton Cruise Terminal

Intercruises Cruise Connect and Eavesway Travel both offer coach travel from Leeds Coach Station to Southampton Cruise Terminal. Pick up is at around 6.30 am and you will be taken straight to your cruise ship.

Alternatively, you can take the National Express from Leeds to Southampton. There are no direct routes so you’ll need to travel the day before or overnight and change to London. The journey takes 7 to 12 hours.

people on coach

How Much Does Coach Travel to Southampton Cost?

You may be able to get free coach travel to Southampton as part of your cruise booking with P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises or Cunard. You can also travel on the Megabus for free in exchange for Tesco Clubcard vouchers.

The Megabus is the cheapest coach that will get you to Southampton. It can cost as little as £12 per person for a single ticket.

A return coach ticket to Southampton with InterCruises and Eavesway can cost between £75 and £150 per person, depending on the distance.

Final Thoughts

Taking the coach is my preferred way to get to Southampton from the North. It’s not the fastest way, but it’s often the cheapest and I find it to be the most relaxing, especially when travelling with children.

When you take the coach you can relax in comfortable seats and enjoy a book, a movie or even a nap while your driver does all of the hard work. Coaches have toilets on board, so don’t have to worry about timing your rest stops to match everyone’s bladder habits as you do when travelling by car.

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