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Hi, can anyone help, I am looking for a coach from South Wales to Southampton tp pick up a Cunard Ship, the numbers I have been given dont deal with Cunard, can anyone help please I have never sailed from the uk before, thanks.
Have you looked at Britrail? You may have to change trains, but that may be the fastest way
There are trains that go direct from Cardiff to Southampton every hour on the half hour and the journey is about 2 and a half hours
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You don't quote the location in South Wales, but you can type in the town & if there's no service from there the website will prompt you with a map of the nearest stops. (if you're struggling, post again with you S. Wales location & one of us will figure it for you)
Your destination is Southampton (coach station). Don't select the "cruise ship terminal" option, it doesn't apply to your ship & you'll get a "no service available" message. Or worse, you'll be taken to the wrong cruise terminal
Pre-booking is very very strongly advised.
And do check the website's terms re luggage. The limitations are usually applied only very loosely, but if you grossly exceed it could be a problem if the coach books out & other folk have a lot of luggage. Since this isn't an airport run, it's unlikely to be a problem, but do be aware.
Coaches aren't that frequent, & most south Wales to Southampton journeys are routed via a change in London. That's quite a roundabout route so a journey time of six or seven hours. Fare around £25 to £30
You'd almost-certainly be better to travel by train http://ojp.nationalrail.co.uk/servic...journey/search
There are frequent trains, including hourly direct services with journey times of about 2.5 hours (though you might have to start with a local train) and depending on your start point & time it can be cheaper than by coach. For example 09.30 from Cardiff arrives Southampton 12.04, fare £18.
Your destination is Southampton Central.
No need to pre-book though that might give you a small saving, and no luggage limitations/cost.
Post here again if your travel is on a sunday, there are a couple of caveats
From either Southampton coach station or train station to any cruise terminal is a taxi hop costing about £6 to £8, taxis are ranked-up at both
Last edited by John Bull; September 17th, 2012 at 11:15 AM.