National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Planning your journey
There are a number of ways to reach the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. For assistance with planning your local journey please use the ‘My Journey’ travel planner: www.myjourneysouthampton.com/
- Timetables can be found on the National Rail Enquiries website.
Uni-Link Bus Service:
There is a Uni-Link Bus service (U1C City Centre & NOC) which starts at Southampton Airport, travels to Southampton Central train station then travels directly to NOC. Current fares: £2 single £3.50 return (return tickets allow unlimited travel all day on all Uni-Link Services).
- Timetables can be found on the Uni-link Bus website.
Southampton City Link Bus Service is a service that runs from the Central Train Station via Asda and West Quay to Town Quay (alight at the first stop on Town Quay), it is approximately a 15 minute walk to NOC from Town Quay. Please view the following walking directions for more information.
- More information on this service can be found on the Bluestar website website.
National Express Coaches:
National Express coaches call at Southampton Central Bus Station, which is a 5 minute walk to the Southampton Central Train Station from where local buses can be taken to NOC.
- Timetables can be found on the National Express website.
There are frequent ferries from Cowes, Isle of Wight and Hythe, directly to Southampton Docks (Town Quay). It is approximately a 15 minute walk to NOC from Town Quay. Please view the following walking directions for more information.
- Timetables can be found on the aferry.co.uk website.
By car the NOC has direct links from the M3, M27(W) or M27(E). From Central London, join the M3 and leave at Junction 14 (the M3 splits east and west at this point but you can take either direction for the slip road to the A33 into Southampton). Follow signs to Dock Gate 4 and the Waterfront for approximately 6 miles. The journey time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
There is visitor parking at the NOC directly outside the front entrance. (However, spaces can be very limited. Please inform your host when arranging your visit so a space can be booked for you, if available. NOC cannot guarantee a parking space for visitors that do not book in advance.