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 Dockgate 4
West Quay Cars: +44 (0)700 0700 0700
Radio Taxis: +44 (0)23 8066 6666
Unilink bus routes U1C, U1A, U1E and U1W travel directly to the National Oceanography Centre.
There is a Uni-Link Bus service (U1C) which starts at Southampton City Airport, travels to Southampton Central train station, then travels directly to the National Oceanography Centre.
- Current fares: £2 single, £3.70 return (return tickets allow unlimited travel all day on all Uni-Link Services)
- The journey from Southampton City Airport to the NOC takes approximately 45 minutes.
- The journey from Southampton Central train station to the NOC takes approximately 10 minutes.
Please click here to download all bus timetables.
You can also download a detailed route map by clicking here.
Further information can be found on the website: www.unilinkbus.co.uk
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. At the Southampton Central Station take a taxi to the National Oceanography Centre. For train timetables and fares visit: www.thetrainline.com
Portsmouth is approximately 30 minutes by road. There are regular services to and from Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre, St Malo and Bilbao. For more information visit www.portsmouth-port.co.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.
The airport has 13 airlines/tour operators serving around 48 destinations. For details on the routes served visit www.southamptonairport.com
Tel: +44 (0)844 481 7777
From the airport a taxi is the fastest option though there is a direct bus service from the airport directly to the National Oceanography Centre www.unilinkbus.co.uk
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
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.
If you fly in to Gatwick and want to take public transport to Southampton we would recommend that the train is the fastest option 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.