Planning a Baltic Cruise?  In this installment of our Baltic Cruise Travel Guide Series, we provide a step-by-step guide on how to go to Southampton Cruise Port from London Heathrow Airport.

How to get to Southampton Cruise Port from London Heathrow Airport

Our Princess Cruise to the Baltic Seas would start at the Southampton Cruise Terminal.  As there was no direct flight from Singapore to Southampton, the easiest way was to take a flight to London Heathrow Airport and transfer to a National Express Coach service that would bring us to Southampton City.

Our Singapore Airlines flight landed at Terminal 2 of Heathrow Airport (The Queen’s Terminal).

London Heathrow Airport is very well connected to other parts of London and the rest of the UK via its Rails, London Underground and coach services.

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How to get to Central Bus Station from London Heathrow Airport

For our purpose of getting to Southampton, we had to get to the Central Bus station where the National Express buses depart from. The Central Bus Station is located between Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and is open 24 hours.

Our first experience with it was when we took a National Express bus from Heathrow Station to Watford two years ago as part of our trip to Iceland.

Follow the signages that direct you to the National Buses.

Continue to follow the signages that direct you to Central Bus Station.

Be prepared to walk through a long underground tunnel to get to the Central Bus Station.

You will need to take a lift to the ground floor where the Central Bus Station is.

The walk from Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 to the Central Bus Station will take about 10 mins, provided that you do not lose your way in between.  Passengers who land at Terminal 4 and 5 can board a free Heathrow Connect or Heathrow Express service to the Central Bus Station.

Inside the Central Bus Station is a buzz of activity despite the early hours of 7:20 am.

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Buying a Ticket for National Express Buses

Although tickets for the National Express Buses can be bought directly at the Central Bus Station, it may be worth purchasing your tickets online in advance to take advantage of the discounts they could offer.

Booking in advance online also means that you need not worry about the tickets being sold out. However, you do need to plan to arrive at the Central Bus Station earlier and make allowances for the possibility of flight delays.

If you did book ahead and your flight is delayed, you can transfer to a later coach departure, subject to the availability of seats.  To do this, simply go to the ticket counter and pay an amendment charge which is currently £5.

That’s the one and only one cafe at the Central Bus Station – Cafe Nero.  Not sure about its opening hours, but it certainly was enjoying good business at 7:20 am.

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What bus to take from London Heathrow Airport to Southampton?

National Express Coach FK203 is the one to take us to Southampton Coach Station.

We were the first up the bus. The entire journey from the Central Bus Station to Southampton Coach Station would take about 2 hrs 15 mins.

All luggages are to be stowed in the luggage compartment.


Once at the Southampton Coach Station, you can take a taxi to the Cruise Terminal.

Join us next as we check out our hotel (Ibis Southampton Centre).

First published 23 Dec 2015
Last updated 17 Aug 2019

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