How to get into London from Southampton

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Found 17th Feb 2011
I live in Southampton and want to take my grandson to the London (Kensington) museums in the half term holiday next week.

Train and coach are stupid prices. So I thought we would go by car.

I would rather not drive into London. Is there any way I can drive so far, park at a reasonable price and take the Tube into London?

I could drive up either the M3 or the A3(M).

Any advice greatly appreciated.
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I haven't lived in hampshire for the last 18 months, but have you tried megabus and if it still exists megatrain?
i live at west ham. you can park at mine for a fiver for as long as you like...?
jackvdbuk

i live at west ham. you can park at mine for a fiver for as long as you … i live at west ham. you can park at mine for a fiver for as long as you like...?



Not very HUKD community of you.

It should be free.
just drive to somewhere like richmond (not far off the m3) & park in a public car parks will cost ya about £10 then get the district line to south ken which is 8 stops i think
I did similar recently.

Drove to Houslow West tube station (M4 junction 3) - approx 1 hours 10 minutes drive
Off-peak parking (arriving about 10:30 am) was £4.50
Off-peak travel card cost £8 for the day - Tube into central london about 50 minutes.

Obvously more expensive if you do it during peak hours (which I think is before 10 am).

Ten years ago I would have parked at Woking (50 mins drive, 30 mins on train to Waterloo) but in those days it was £4 to park and £8 off-peak return. Those prices have since almost trippled which is outrageous.
Longcross - just off M3, ideal on weekdays
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ion

PARKING IS FREE!
Edited by: "ghinzani" 17th Feb 2011
F15H_FAC3

just drive to somewhere like richmond (not far off the m3) & park in a … just drive to somewhere like richmond (not far off the m3) & park in a public car parks will cost ya about £10 then get the district line to south ken which is 8 stops i think



I would go with this.

Paradise Road multi-storey car park
Paradise Road
Richmond
TW9 1SQ

Walk down to Richmond Tube/Train station and buy a one Day TravelCard.



Edited by: "Acx" 17th Feb 2011
buy train tickets in advance for bargains, or megabus/greyhound
Drive to uxbridge, i think there is a place you can park there for free - can get you the details if you want. Then tube from there takes about 50mins to kensington on a direct tube. (piccadilly line if I remember correctly). If you want more help with this route let me know and ill get you the finer details.
ghinzani

Longcross - just off M3, ideal on weekdaysPARKING IS FREE!

There's a reason for that - no evening trains after 6PM! Useless unless you want to stay in London overnight.
DLM

Not very HUKD community of you.It should be free.



yeah free is fine aswell, no problem, we have a free parking space usually
Once was staying down that way, and ended up parking at Guildford station (big car park), and getting return into london waterloo for under a tenner.


Edited by: "vibeone" 17th Feb 2011
nick1austin

There's a reason for that - no evening trains after 6PM! Useless unless … There's a reason for that - no evening trains after 6PM! Useless unless you want to stay in London overnight.



Kids, day trip, job done!
Have you tried greyhound and megabus? Or even the funfares on national express?
Yes Greyhound did do Portsmouth/Southampton to Victoria station for £1.
just drive to the nearest airport and then book a flight to Heathrow....will save you money on parking + no buses and train will be used
addjon

just drive to the nearest airport and then book a flight to … just drive to the nearest airport and then book a flight to Heathrow....will save you money on parking + no buses and train will be used



Except Heathrow is in Middlesex.
Acx

[quote=F15H_FAC3]I would go with this. Paradise Road multi-storey car … [quote=F15H_FAC3]I would go with this. Paradise Road multi-storey car parkParadise RoadRichmondTW9 1SQWalk down to Richmond Tube/Train station and buy a one Day TravelCard.



Thanks. That sounds good, as it allows me to be flexible.

A couple of queries, please:
1. Does that car park get full? I note it has about 340 spaces.
2. Is it 'pay on exit' with credit card, or is it 'pay and display'?

Thanks again.
Edited by: "renard" 17th Feb 2011
renard

Thanks. That sounds good, as it allows me to be flexible.A couple of … Thanks. That sounds good, as it allows me to be flexible.A couple of queries, please:1. Does that car park get full? I note it has about 340 spaces.2. Is it 'pay on exit' with credit card, or is it 'pay and display'?Thanks again.



No not too full, There are usually spaces available, I have never had a problem getting in.
England are playing France at Twickenham on Sat 26th so I would avoid the area on that day but any other day you should be fine.

Pay on exit. On entry you get a ticket at the entrance barrier which you keep for the day.
On leaving you have to pay at a machine before returning to your car.

Sorry I cant remember if the payment machine has a pay by card option on it, I think it has but I cant be 100% on that point.

Edited by: "Acx" 18th Feb 2011
Acx

No not too full, There are usually spaces available, I have never had a … No not too full, There are usually spaces available, I have never had a problem getting in. England are playing France at Twickenham on Sat 26th so I would avoid the area on that day but any other day you should be fine.Pay on exit. On entry you get a ticket at the entrance barrier which you keep for the day. On leaving you have to pay at a machine before returning to your car.Sorry I cant remember if the payment machine has a pay by card option on it, I think it has but I cant be 100% on that point.


I am extremely grateful for all this useful information. Thank you very much for your help.
To everyone who has responded to my request for information - thank you for your time and assistance.

It has now become a toss-up between the museums and Doctor Who at Olympia - that's kids for you!!
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