Getting to the National Oceanography Centre
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 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 NOCS. Visit
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
Direct coaches take approx 1 hour 35 mins. Either get off at Southampton coach station
and take a taxi to the NOCS or ask about changing at Highfield bus interchange and
take the public bus directly to the National Oceanography Centre
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.
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.
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 mins. For train timetables and fares visit:
www.thetrainline.com. At the Southampton Central Station take a taxi to
the National Oceanography Centre.
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 Ocean Village for parking.
Taxis should go to the main entrance of the National Oceanography Centre.
Click here for
pdf of a map
Parking at Ocean Business
‘A FREE car park exclusively for Ocean Business visitors from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th April will be located in:
Ocean Way, Ocean Village Marina, Southampton SO14 3TJ.
Follow the yellow AA traffic signs located around the city to ‘Ocean Business 2013
Exhibitor and Visitor Parking’. There will be FREE shuttle buses running between the car park and Ocean
Parking Area Map
Ocean Business will be providing a free shuttle service from Tuesday 9th – Thursday 11th April from the
following Southampton hotels:
The Jury’s Inn
The Dolphin Hotel
Holiday Inn (Herbert Walker Ave)
De Vere Grand Harbour
Pick ups will commence from 0730-10.10 and resume from 1600-1800 traffic depending.
Portsmouth is approximately 30 minutes by road and has regular services to and from
Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre, St Malo and Bilbao. Visit
www.portsmouth-port.co.uk for more info.
To pre book a taxi in Southampton, please contact:
West Quay Cars: +44(0)700 0700 0700
Radio Taxis: +44 (0)23 8066 6666