Stress-Free Parking and Transport at Southampton Port

Taking a cruise from Southampton? Here are our top picks for where to park your car
Planning a cruise holiday can be a delightful adventure, but it's no secret that the logistics can sometimes feel overwhelming. 

One of the most critical aspects to consider is parking, especially if your journey starts somewhere busy like Southampton Port.

This guide will look at different parking for boarding a cruies at Southampton Port. We'll also take a look at public transport, if you prefer to leave your car at home.

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Parking at Southampton Port

When it comes to parking for cruises from Southampton, you have plenty of options to choose from. Let's delve into some of the best options for port parking at Southampton:

Penguin Cruise Parking

Situated mere minutes away from Southampton Cruise Terminals, Penguin Parking offers a convenient and professional service. With a decade of experience under their belt, they've served over 25,000 cruise passengers, maintaining a personal and friendly approach throughout.

Penguin ensure vehicle safety with a "Park Mark" police-checked car park and certified drivers. They have an easy to use online booking system, competitive prices, and free, regular transfers to the cruise terminal.

Here is a link to Penguin Cruise Parking.

Portside Meet & Greet

Starting your journey at Southampton port? Consider using Portside Meet and Greet for added convenience. 

When you arrive at your departure terminal, a dedicated Portside representative will be waiting to safely park your vehicle for you. All you need to do is hand over your keys. Portside take care of parking your car, and bringing it back when you return.

Portside Meet and Greet is extra helpful for passengers with heavy luggage, families, or mobility issues. It does however cost a little bit extra compared to the other services. Remember to book online and don't forget your booking reference.


ABParking is the official parking partner of Southampton Port - and allows you to drive right into the port car parks themselves. Provided you pre-book, your vehicle's number plate will be automatically recognised when you arrive. It's as simple as driving in, finding a parking spot, and boarding your ship.

ABParking caters to all terminals and is a practical choice regardless of your departure point. The parking facility is right next to the Ocean Cruise Terminal. If you're travelling from further terminals like QE2 Terminal, you may want to take a taxi. Remember, advance booking is recommended to secure your spot.

Here is a link to ABParking.

Southampton Port Parking

Airlynx Parking

Airlynx is a private park and ride cruise car parking provider. Situated at Wharf Road, Southampton, they offer a reliable park and ride solution for cruise passengers. Notably, it's the nearest off-port parking to all Southampton's cruise terminals, a mere 5-minute drive away.

Passengers enjoy convenience of being dropped off at the terminal door in luxury transfer vehicles, bypassing the usual port parking queues. This ensures a hassle-free beginning to your cruise vacation!

Stashbee Parking Southampton Port

Stashbee allows you to rent secure parking spaces from local residents. It's usually cheaper than other parking options, and more flexible too. You'll need to arrange your own transport from your Stashbee parking spot to your cruise terminal.

Check out what's available on Stashbee near Southampton Port here.


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Public Transport Options in Southampton

Navigating through Southampton is straightforward and hassle-free, thanks to its comprehensive and reliable public transportation network. The city offers a variety of transport modes including buses, trains, and bicycles, catering to everyone's preference.

Southampton bus operators like First Bus and Bluestar run frequent services throughout the city and its surrounding areas.  Routes operate until late, offering convenience for those who wish to experience the city's lively evening scene.

For those planning to travel further, trains serve as an excellent choice. Southampton Central Station is a significant transport junction, with regular connections to cities like London, Bournemouth, and Portsmouth. There are other train stations too, like Millbrook, Redbridge, St. Denys and Bitterne.

There are lots of ferries available as well. Regular ferry services operate from Town Quay to Hythe and the Isle of Wight, offering passengers breathtaking views of the Solent.

Travellers flying to Southampton Airport can make use of parking services. The airport is conveniently located near the city centre, with shuttles providing easy access.


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Written 11th May 2023