Getting to Ocean Business

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Car By Road

From London or the North – M3, exit at J14 on to the A33 to Southampton
From the West – M27, exit at J3 on to the M271 to Southampton
From the East – M27, exit at J8 on to the A3024 to Southampton

Follow signs to Docks and Dockgate 4

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Train  By Train

From London to Southampton: There are approximately three direct trains every hour from Waterloo Station, London to Southampton Central Station with the journey time taking 1 hour 20 minutes.
For train timetables and fares visit:
www.thetrainline.com. At the Southampton Central Station take a taxi to the National Oceanography Centre.

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Plane  Flying to the UK

If flying in to the UK we would recommend that Southampton or Heathrow are best options for ease of travel to Southampton city centre.

Southampton Airport

The airport has 13 airlines/tour operators serving around 48 destinations. For details on the routes served visit www.southamptonairport.com  or Tel: +44 (0)844 481 7777.
From the airport a taxi is the fastest option though there is a direct bus service that leaves the airport and goes directly to the National Oceanography Centre www.unilinkbus.co.uk.

Heathrow Airport

If flying in to Heathrow airport, and you wish to take public transport to Southampton we would recommend that the coach is the fastest route  www.nationalexpress.com.
Direct coaches take approx 1 hour 35 mins. Either get off at Southampton coach station and take a taxi to the National Oceanography Centre or ask about changing at Highfield bus interchange and take the public bus directly to the National Oceanography Centre www.unilinkbus.co.uk.

If you want to book a taxi we recommend that you avoid taking a Black Cab directly from the airport but instead pre-book a Southampton taxi to pick you up. Black Cabs charge a premium for going outside of the London area. A taxi via a Southampton based taxi company will cost approximately £100 one way. Please see numbers below.

Gatwick Airport

If you fly in to Gatwick and want to take public transport to Southampton we would recommend that the train is the fastest option www.thetrainline.com. There are some direct trains and it takes less than two hours. You can buy your tickets in advance via the website to secure the best priced tickets.

If you want to book a taxi we recommend you pre-booking a Southampton based taxi company which will cost approximately £115 one way. Please see taxi numbers below:

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Taxi  Taxis

To pre-book a taxi in Southampton, please contact:

West Quay Cars: +44 (0)700 0700 0700
Radio Taxis: +44 (0)23 8066 6666

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Bus  Bus

Unilink bus routes U1C, U1A, U1E and U1W go directly to the National Oceanography Centre.

Please visit www.unilinkbus.co.uk for a bus timetable and a network map

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Ferry  By Ferry

Portsmouth is approximately 30 minutes by road. There are regular services to and from Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre, St Malo and Bilbao.

Visit www.portsmouth-port.co.uk for more information.

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