How to Find Us

Getting to the National Oceanography Centre


Marine Geoscience Group (UNCLOS)
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
European Way
United Kingdom
SO14 3ZH

By Train

From London to Southampton: There are approximately three direct trains every hour from Waterloo Station, London to Southampton Central Station with the journey time taking 1 hour 20 mins. For train timetables and fares visit: At Southampton Central Station take a taxi to the National Oceanography Centre, however there is also a direct bus service (visit for schedules).

By Road

From London or the North - M3, exit at J14 on to the A33 to Southampton.
From the West - M27, exit at J3 on to the M271 to Southampton.
From the East - M27, exit at J8 on to the A3024 to Southampton.

Follow signs to Docks and then follow signs to Dock Gate 4 and the Waterfront.

Click here for pdf of a map

By Air

If flying in to the UK we would recommend that Southampton or Heathrow are best options for ease of travel to Southampton city centre.

Southampton Airport:
Southampton airport has 13 airlines/tour operators serving around 48 destinations. For details on the routes served visit or Tel: +44 (0)870 040 009. From the airport a taxi is the fastest option though there is a direct bus service that leaves the airport and goes directly to NOCS (visit for schedules).

Heathrow Airport:
If flying in to Heathrow airport, and you wish to take public transport to Southampton we would recommend that the coach is the fastest route. Direct coaches take approx 1 hour 35 mins. Either get off at Southampton coach station and take a taxi to the NOCS or ask about changing at Highfield bus interchange and take the public bus directly to the National Oceanography Centre. Visit for coach timetables and for details on the public bus running from Highfield bus interchange.

To pre book a taxi in Southampton, please contact:
West Quay Cars: +44(0)700 0700 0700