Do any of you have any information on the best/easiest/least expensive way to get to Southampton to board the QE2? I'm taking my first QE2 sailing on 12/15/03. Which London train station is best? Are there any dedicated "boat trains?" Thanks for the help.
I live near London so know a bit about the trains etc which run around the South East of England. I think there is a direct train which runs from London Waterloo down to Southampton. As far as I know there are several non-stop trains per hour, and I think it will probably take about one and a half hours. I would expect the cost to be about £30. You should be able to check for sure on qjump.co.uk, where you can book tickets and get prices etc.
However, you could also take a coach (eg National Express) which will take you from Victoria Station straight down to Southampton Harbour. I think it will be slower but I imagine it will be half the price of the train fare! And it will take you right near to the harbour.
Actually, the coach station is only a little nearer the port than the train station, (I've not heard of coaches for the harbour itself - if they exist, my apologies<g>) so it doesn't really make much difference : you can walk to the 'sea front' from the coach station, butthe ships seem to dock at one end of the port or the other - I wouldn't like to walk it esp. with luggage.
I assume taxis wait at the coach station as well as the train station - I would think it would cost less than £5 from either (more likely £2 or £3).