Posted June 15th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Yes, Megatrain can offer bucket prices on SouthWest Trains' Southampton to London route, but not mornings. But they do offer bucket prices in the mornings in the opposite direction
This is because SouthWest Trains can extract good prices from commuters heading to London.
Most ships actually tie up around 05.00 to 05.30. Unassisted disembarkation is usually from 07.00 or 07.30 and regular disembarkation usually starts around 7.30 to 7.45
You should make the 08.35 if you opt for unassisted disembarkation - no lines & plenty of taxis, and the coach station & the rail station are only 5 mins drive from Queen Vic's berth at Mayflower terminal.
You'll comfortably make the 09.30, though if your ship has staggered disembarkation & you're allocated a late slot you may have to talk sweetly to Guest Relations to get an earlier slot. There will be lines for regular disembarkation, how long is a mix of efficiency & luck - best allow up to an hour from gangway to coach station.
According to Nat Express regulations, if you're there in time for the 08.35 but with an 09.30 ticket, you can switch if there are spare seats, subject to a £5 amendment fee.
But if you're booked on the 08.35 and miss it, your tickets are invalid for the 09.30, though you can buy fresh tickets if there are spare seats.
(nb - from airports only
if you miss your booked coach, tickets are valid for later buses)
Me? - because delays are uncertain during general disembarkation, I'd opt for unassisted & book the 08.35. But that's just me - don't flame me if you do the same if it all goes belly-up
There is a rival coach service operated by http://www.greyhounduk.com/
The service is basically the same, but it does offer different times. The pick up point is Southampton Town Quay, not the coach station, but its only a minute or two further.
Consider a transfer-tour service from ship to London hotel via stops ar Salisbury, Stonehenge & Windsor castle at £55 per person. A new service offered by an established & reputable operator
First feedback on CC is very encouraging:
A simple private transfer from ship to central London will be around £130 to £140 with www.westquaycars.com
- both frequently recommended on CC.