Need to wake up in London in May and get to Southampton for a 5:00pm cruise. Best options to get there?
Southwest trains run directly from London Waterloo to Southampton Central. If you book a SW train well in advance on megatrain.com rather than on the SW site, you can get a discount fare as low as £1.00. Depart at 11:39 and arrive at 13:15. Or depart at 13:39 and arrive at 15:12.
Either a) take a direct train from London Waterloo to Southampton Central Station (not Soton Airport station), journey time about 80 minutes, and then catch a taxi to your cruise terminal (a variation of this is to go from London Victoria insteead - an hour longer journey but much cheaper advance tickets available). All details at www.nationalrail.co.uk Or
b) book a car service based in Southampton to pick you up and drive you there.
Be sure to go to http://www.cruisecritic.com. In addition to getting answers to your question, you can sign up for the "roll call" of others on your sailing, and probably find someone to split a car service ride from London.
Will look into all. Thanks
Many eons ago I arrived by ship in Southampton from the Colonies and there was a train at the docks waiting for our "mail ship'- doesnt look like they do that any more. Spomeone in England may know.
There are direct trains to the docks now from northern England and Scotland but not from London - the journey's too short for it to attract enough passengers.