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Getting to Southampton By Coach

National and local coach companies serving Southampton

Enjoy comfortable travel and convenient scheduling when you travel by coach. Southampton is well served by both national and local coach companies providing local and long-distance travel options, as well as service to both London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. 

Coach Connections Southampton

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.

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.

Southampton

Quayconnect

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.

Explore local and regional bus routes into Southampton.

Getting Here By Bus

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Getting Here By Cruise & Ferry

Two National Cycle Network routes meet in Southampton.

Getting Here By Cycle

Southampton is easily accessible for passengers arriving at Southampton Airport.

Getting Here By Air

Southampton Central is a busy station hub with services from around the UK.

Getting Here By Rail

Getting to Southampton is a breeze for motorists, with routes from all over the country.

Getting Here By Road

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Points of Interest

On both sides of the Solent, there’s lots to see and do whether you’re crossing for leisure, for work, or simply for a change of scenery. Explore points of interest on the Isle of Wight and in and around Southampton. 

Royal Pier Pavilion

Royal Pier Pavilion

This one’s easy to spot as you arrive at our Southampton ferry terminal, particularly at night when it’s lit up in purple lights! When Red Funnel was first formed, we ran a fleet of paddle steamers that operated excursions to destinations around the Island, and along the south coast. These departed from “Royal Pier”, and the impressive pavilion building is still in use as a restaurant.

Ocean Cruise Terminal

People walking on a ship

This striking landmark on Southampton’s waterfront is where you’ll find some of the world’s largest cruise ships docking. See if you can spot some of the famous Cunard and P&O Cruises vessels as you depart for the Island, and if you’re travelling in the late afternoon/early evening you might even get to sail alongside them as they depart Southampton for their global destinations.

Hythe Pier

Hythe Pier

The Hythe pier is difficult to miss, as at 640 metres in length, it’s the 7th longest in Britain. It is also the home of the world’s oldest working pier train, which links the village of Hythe and its marina to a small ferry that runs a regular service to the City of Southampton.

Netley Chapel

Netley Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park

This striking chapel, on the eastern side of the river, is all that now remains of one of Britain’s first purpose-built hospitals. Constructed for veterans of the Crimean War, the original 220-acre site was the largest of its time but was demolished after a fire in 1966. The site is now open to the public as part of Royal Victoria Country Park.

Calshot Castle

Calshot Castle

The picturesque Calshot Castle was originally built by Henry VIII to defend the entrance to Southampton waters. As our ferry reaches the Solent, the castle is easily visible at the end of Calshot Spit, which extends from the west into the main waters, with Calshot beach and its long row of beach huts visible further along.

Columbine Building

East Cowes aerial image

The striking Columbine building on the East Cowes waterfront has been a central point of Island industry for many years. Starting with Saunders Roe, which was involved in everything from sea planes, hovercrafts, and rockets, and is currently home to Wight Shipyard, which built two of Red Funnel’s Red Jet fleet. When you spot the iconic Union Jack doors, you’ve arrived on the Island!

Other Red Funnel Ferries

Aerial Image of the ferry

Southampton’s waters and the Solent are always busy with shipping movements, not least with our very own Red Funnel fleet. At peak time we will often have our three vehicle ferries, two Hi-Speed passenger ferries, and our freight ferry all out on the water – so watch out for them, and don’t forget to give our other passengers and crew a customary wave!

Cowes Castle

West cowes

As you approach the Island and arrive at Cowes Harbour, you’ll see another of Henry VIII’s forts, Cowes Castle. The castle is now home and clubhouse to the Royal Yacht Squadron, whose Club organises yacht racing as a principal feature of the now globally famous Cowes Week regatta. Look carefully at the front and you might see the cannons that are used for starting races.

Customer Reviews

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The staff are happy which means that they must like the company they work for. Always willing to help and support your needs
Wed, Feb 21 2024
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Nice easy crossing. Hassle free.
Wed, Feb 21 2024
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The service was ok, I am concerned by the number of cancellations however. some of the craft now need upgrading ( especially the car ferries ). The waiting area in Southampton (…
Wed, Feb 21 2024