Southampton is a major port approximately 80 miles southwest of London.
Where You're Docked
Cruise ships dock at four main cruise terminals: Mayflower, City, Ocean, or QEII. Fruit Shed (Berth 104 between Mayflower and City) is used on busy days. Schedule, map and guides here http://cruisesouthampton.com
Money and Tipping
Though all cruise terminals can be accessed without going through port security, shuttle buses are not provided and there is no public transport available. You will need to arrange private transport or take a taxi to the terminals.
Going to London
Frequent trains run on Southern Railway between Southampton Central and London Waterloo station. Fares range between 8 to 25 GBP (cheapest for offpeak journeys purchased online and in advance) and journey time is between 75 minutes and two hours. Purchasing return tickets will be cheaper than two one-way tickets and the return journey can be made within a month. http://www.southernrailway.com/
You can also take National Express buses from Victoria Coach Station. Fares start at 12 GBP and the trip takes 2 1/2 hours. http://www.nationalexpress.com
To/from the Airport
See the Dover section for London sights.
Shopping & Restaurants
WestQuay is the largest and newest mall in the area. There is a large Asda discount supermaket behind Marlands Mall north of WestQuay. Above Bar is the main shopping street. High St and the surrounding area have shops and restaurants.
The WHSmith bookstore on the short pedestrian section of Above Bar St has a post office.
Try cafes and restaurants for free wifi. There is a Costa Coffee behind Bargate on High St, McDonalds in the WestQuay Mall food court, and Starbucks on Above Bar by the entrance to Marlands Mall.
PDF maps available here http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/visit/visitor-info/maps
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