Southampton is well served by both national and local coach companies who provide local and long distance travel options as well as services to London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.
National Express (Tel. 08705 808080) operate an extensive UK coach service to and from Southampton Coach Station (Harbour Parade, SO15 1BA) which is only a short walk to the train station. For Quayconnect bus services to the ferry terminals on Town Quay, the nearest stops are Portland Terrace or the train station.
There are regular coach services to Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Bournemouth, Exeter, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Central London, Liverpool, Manchester, Penzance, Plymouth, Oxford, Salisbury, Sheffield, Stansted Airport, Stoke on Trent and Scotland.
Red Funnel and National Express offer through-ticketsto/from East Cowes and West Cowes on the Isle of Wight from/to any location on the National Express network. Tickets can be purchased from East or West Cowes ticket offices or from the National Express website.
Megabus (Tel. 0900 1600 900) also operate cheap coach services to & from Southampton from Birmingham, Birmingham International Airport, Coventry, Leeds, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Oxford, Sheffield, Silverstone and Sunderland.
Eurolines (Tel. 08717 818178) operate to & from over 500 European destinations from London Victoria Coach Station where you can connect with National Express services to & from Southampton.
Arriving in Southampton by Public Transport
The FREE Quayconnect Shuttle Bus connects Southampton's Central Rail Station (short walk from the coach station) to Red Funnel's ferry ports for IoW ferry sailings to East and West Cowes. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank at the station for the 5-8 minute journey to the ferry terminals. It's about a 12-15 minute walk.