Southampton Cruise Parking: The Ultimate Guide

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When you’re planning a cruise, if you intend to drive to Southampton then your car parking arrangements are certainly something that you should think about ahead of time.

With so many options, it can be tricky to know which is the best cruise parking in Southampton. There are lots of different car parking websites that all want to tell you they’re the best! That’s why I’ve created this unbiased guide to Southampton cruise parking.

Read on and I’ll show you all of the options for parking your car in Southampton for your cruise. From the most convenient parking right by the ship to the cheapest cruise parking options, as well as a couple of alternatives that you might not have heard of.

View of the Ocean Cruise Terminal car park from onboard P&O Cruises Azura
Photo © Terry Robinson (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Where do the cruise ships dock in Southampton?

Before you can begin to plan your car parking in Southampton, you need to know which cruiser terminal your ship will depart from.

Southampton has four cruise terminals which are spread over a mile of docks, so it’s important to know which one you need to get to before you book your car parking. 

If you book parking at the wrong terminal, you’ll face the stress of a last-minute taxi or a very long walk with your luggage.

Southampton’s four cruise terminals are: 

  • City Cruise Terminal: Berth 101, Western Docks, Southampton, SO15 1BS
  • Mayflower Terminal: Berth 106, Dock Gate 10, Southampton, SO15 1HJ
  • Ocean Cruise Terminal: Berth 46, Cunard Road, Southampton, SO14 3QN
  • QEII Cruise Terminal: Berth 38/39, Dock Gate 4, Southampton, SO14 3GG

The following map shows the location of the four Southampton cruise terminals…

While cruise ships usually dock at the same terminal each time, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, a ship can depart from one terminal and return to another.

So, even if you’ve cruised on the same cruise ship before, you should still check your documents carefully for details of which terminal your ship will sail from.

The best car parks for cruises from Southampton

Where is the best place to park your car in Southampton for a cruise?

There are many different car parks in Southampton for a cruise. As a rule, the further you park your car from the cruise terminal, the cheaper your parking will be. 

Many off-site cruise car parks include free shuttles, although some options which require you to take a taxi to the ship are also worth considering because what you’ll save in parking charges will pay for your taxi and more.

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Southampton cruise parking prices

This table gives you a rough idea of the prices for the various car parking options in Southampton. The actual price that you pay will vary depending on the date of your cruise and how far in advance you book your parking.

Type of parkingCost for 7 nightsHow to get to ship
Cruise terminalFrom £69Walk
Off-site parkingFrom £42Free shuttle
Hotel with parkingFrom £150Free shuttle or taxi
Driveway parkingFrom £27Taxi

List of the best Southampton cruise parking options

I’ve spent over 12 hours researching Southampton cruise car parking options so that you don’t have to. I’ve read the reviews and all of the small print to come up with this list of the best places to park your car for your cruise.

Leaving your car somewhere strange can be daunting, so I’ve highlighted which Southampton car parks are approved by the Park Mark safer parking scheme. These have extra measures in place to ensure the safety of both people and vehicles.

1. Southampton cruise terminal self-parking

Reason to choose: The most convenient option is to park right by the ship
Reason to avoid: Parking at the port is expensive

The most convenient option for cruise parking in Southampton is to park your car within the cruise terminal itself.

Port staff will either come to your car and take your luggage out of your car boot or take it from you outside the terminal. The next time you see it will be inside your cabin so remember to keep hold of your tickets, passports and anything that you need for embarkation and your first few hours on board.

The following companies offer parking at Southampton cruise port:

ABParking (City Cruise Terminal)

ABParking is the only official cruise parking provider in Southampton. The company is owned and operated by the Port of Southampton.

The car park is located with the City Cruise Terminal and is only available if you are cruising with Royal Caribbean or Celebrity Cruises.

If you are cruising from a different terminal, or with Fred Olsen Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, MSC Cruises or Saga Cruises, you can still book with ABParking, but you will have to either take a shuttle or use the meet and greet (valet) service. (More on that later in this guide).

Address: Ocean Gate, Atlantic Way, Southampton, SO14 3QN

FEATURES

  • Park Mark Award
  • One minutes’ walk

BE AWARE

  • City Cruise Terminal only
  • Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises only

Triangle Car Park (Ocean Cruise Terminal)

Triangle Car Park is the most convenient option for Ocean Cruise Terminal. It offers self-parking, which means that you find a space, park your car and then walk to the Ocean Terminal to join your ship.

You can book parking in Triangle Car Park for other terminals besides Ocean, but you would then need to take a taxi to the ship so I wouldn’t recommend it.

Address: Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2HJ

FEATURES

  • Park Mark Award
  • Four minutes’ walk

BE AWARE

  • Ocean Cruise Terminal only


2. Southampton cruise terminal valet parking

Reason to choose: Leave your car by the ship and it will be parked in a safe space for you
Reason to avoid: Not everyone likes handing over their car keys

Valet parking is also known as ‘meet and greet’ parking. If you choose this option you will leave your car by the ship and hand your keys to a parking attendant who will move it to a secure car park for you.

Some people dislike valet parking because they have no idea where their car will be parked and may worry that it is parked at the roadside or some other unsecured location. For this reason, I have only included cruise parking providers with secure compounds within Southampton docks.

The following companies offer valet parking at Southampton cruise port:

ABParking Meet and Greet

ABParking is the only official cruise parking provider in Southampton. The company is owned and operated by the Port of Southampton.

ABParking’s Meet and Greet option is available only for passengers cruising with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen, NCL, MSC Cruises and Saga Cruises only.

When you arrive at the port, you will unload your passengers and porters will transport your luggage to the ship. You’ll hand your car keys to an ABParking representative who will check the condition of your car and then park it securely for you.

Address: Port of Southampton, Southampton SO15 1HE

FEATURES

  • Park Mark Award
  • Free electric vehicle charging

BE AWARE

  • Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Fred Olsen, NCL, MSC Cruises and Saga Cruises only

Cruise and Passenger Services (CPS)

Cruiser and Passengers Services offers valet parking at Southampton cruise port as well as other port handling services such as mooring, stevedoring (cargo loading) and baggage handling for all types of ships.

CPS offers car parking only for passengers cruising with P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises or Cunard.

When you arrive at the port, you will be met by staff who will book in your vehicle and take it to the secure compound for you. You can then make your way to the cruise terminal to check in.

Address: Port of Southampton, Southampton SO15 1HE

FEATURES

  • Park Mark Award
  • Car cleaning and repair service

BE AWARE

  • P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises & Cunard only
  • Self-park for 2-night cruises

3. Southampton off-site cruise parking

Reason to choose: Park and Ride is often the cheapest option
Reason to avoid: Taking a shuttle adds extra time to your journey

There are many car parks in Southampton that offer a ‘park and ride’ service for cruise passengers.

These are located a few miles from the port and usually come with a free coach or minibus shuttle service that will take you from your car to the cruise terminals.

Booking off-site cruise car parking can save you a considerable amount of money compared to on-site self-parking or on-site valet parking.

The following companies offer off-site parking for cruises from Southampton:

Airlynx

Airlynx Cruise Parking offers a great value park and ride service for Southampton cruise passengers.

The company has two car parks. The first, located in Britannia Wharf, is the closest off-port cruise parking venue in Southampton. The shuttle journey takes as little as four minutes.

Airlynx’s second car park is located at Wrens Farm, North Baddesley. This is really convenient for anyone arriving via the M3 motorway.

When you arrive at the car park, you hand your keys over to the staff as they may need to move cars to let other cars out. You will then take the free shuttle bus to your ship.

Address 1:  Britannia Wharf, Belvidere Road, Southampton, SO14 5JF

Address 2: Wrens Farm, Castle Lane, North Baddesley, Southampton SO52 9LY

FEATURES

  • Park Mark Award
  • Luxury transfer buses
  • Car cleaning service

BE AWARE

  • Transfers from Wrens Farm take up to 20 mins
  • Transfers from Britannia Wharf take around 5 minutes

Penguin Parking

Formerly known as Alternative Cruise Parking (ACP), Penguin Parking has been offering parking for Southampton cruises for over ten years.

The Penguin car park is located at Marchwood Industrial Park near Southampton. You will check in here and leave your car keys before being transported via minibus to your ship.

Address: South Road, Marchwood Industrial Park, Marchwood, SO40 4BX

FEATURES

  • Park Mark Award

BE AWARE

  • Transfers take up to 20 mins
  • There is an extra fee if you have more than 4 passengers

4. Southampton hotels with cruise car parking

Reason to choose: Stress-free travel the day before your cruise
Reason to avoid: Unnecessary for people who live nearby

If you’ll be driving for more than a couple of hours to reach Southampton, then it’s a good idea to travel down the day before your cruise. This is much more relaxing than getting up early in the morning and worrying about traffic jams that could potentially make you miss the ship.

Many Southampton hotels have special offers for a pre-cruise stay and parking. This could actually work out cheaper than port parking alone!

Some hotels include a free shuttle bus as part of the deal, but with others, you would have to get a taxi at your own expense.

Hotel NameStarsTransferTime to PortPrice
DoubleTree by Hilton⭐⭐⭐⭐Included10 minsCheck price
Grand Harbour Hotel⭐⭐⭐⭐Included15 minsCheck price
MacDonald Botley Park⭐⭐⭐⭐Included20 minsCheck price
Marriott Meon Valley⭐⭐⭐⭐Included20 minsCheck price
Elizabeth House Hotel⭐⭐⭐Taxi10 minsCheck price
Holiday Inn Express⭐⭐⭐Taxi10 minsCheck price
Hilton Ageas Bowl⭐⭐⭐⭐Taxi20 minsCheck price
Holiday Inn Eastleigh⭐⭐⭐⭐Taxi22 minsCheck price

It’s usually the big chain hotels which have large enough car parks to offer parking for cruise travellers. However, if you prefer to stay at a B&B or guest houses in Southampton with cruise parking then I recommend that you take a look at Hunters Lodge.


5. Parking on private driveways in Southampton

Reason to choose: The cheapest option
Reason to avoid: Not as secure as a car park

Parking your car on a private driveway outside somebody’s house is usualy the cheapest parking option for your cruise. However, it’s something that many people don’t realise exists.

Of course, you need to get the owner’s permission to park your car on private land. Luckily, there’s a handy website that makes that easy to do.

Just Park

Just Park is a parking app and website that lets you easily find parking spaces anywhere in the UK. Perfect for cruise parking in Southampton, the service connects drivers with people who have driveways that they are willing to rent out.

You can see a photo of the parking space to help you decide. Many driveways have a CCTV camera to give you added peace of mind.

You can use the Just Park parking service ad hoc, but I recommend that you book your driveway space in advance for savings of about 30%.

Once you’ve parked your car, you’ll need a taxi to the cruise port which could cost as little as £6, depending on the space you choose. As parking on a driveway is usually very cheap, this is still the cheapest option, even when you include the taxi fare.


Southampton cruise parking FAQs

In this section, I aim to answer some of your most-asked questions about parking in Southampton. If you have any more questions, please add them in the comments below and I will do my best to help.

What is the nearest car park to Southampton port?

The nearest car park to Southampton port is Triangle car park which is located within Southampton’s Ocean Cruise Terminal. If your ship departs from Southampton’s City Cruise Terminal then the nearest car park is the ABParking car park.

For cruises departing from Southampton’s Mayflower and Queen Elizabeth II Cruise Terminals, there are no car parks within walking distance of the ship.

How much does it cost to park at Southampton Cruise Terminal?

Parking at Southampton Cruise Terminal costs between £10 and £20 per day, depending on demand and how far in advance you book. Alternatively, you can park your car in an off-site car park for as little as £5 per day and take a free shuttle or get a taxi.

Southampton cruise parking with a blue badge

Most Southampton cruise parking services offer special assistance for people with disabilities. Blue badge holders are not entitled to free parking at Southampton cruise port, but you will get a space in a more convenient location and assistance with luggage.

To ensure that your needs are accommodated, I recommend that you telephone your chosen parking providers before booking.

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