18 Southampton Hotels with 'Free' Parking or Cruise Package

Southampton Cruise Parking & Packages

Southampton Hotels with Cruise Parking

Southampton Hotels with Cruise Parking

Posted by Stefan DP – Last Updated on December 23, 2023
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Southampton Port

Set sail on a cruise from Southampton docks and enjoy a stress-free start to your cruise holiday by staying in one of the excellent hotels near the port.

If you are traveling with your own car to Southampton you have several options.

Select a hotel that offers cruise parking, some with a shuttle service to the port or park at one of the car parks close to the terminals.

Several hotels offer free car parking while staying at the property. On the morning of the voyage, park you car alongside your assigned cruise terminal or nearby car parks. Prices vary depending on which parking and location.

A few accommodations allow to leave your vehicle at the hotel’s parking lot. For example at The Elisabeth House hotel, cost is £4.75* per day.

Another option is to book a Cruise & Park package which is offered by some Southampton hotels.

Car parking at the hotel is included for the duration of your cruise, and often taxi transfers to/from the terminals are included.

Read also: Our list of handpicked best 4 & 5 star hotels near Port of Southampton

Hotels near Southampton Port with Free Parking or Cruise Package

1. Holiday Inn Express Southampton – M27, J7, an IHG hotel ★★★ (Cruise Parking)

The Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27, J7 is one of the most booked hotels in Southampton when looking for free parking during your stay. Located next to Ageas Bowl cricket ground, this property is around 15 to 20 minutes from the city center depending on traffic. You can also easily reach the centre by bus, which runs every 30 minutes from directly behind the hotel.

You want to leave your car while on cruise? Check for rates which include on-site parking for 15 days.

Parking is Free during stay
Cruise Parking £10* per night (without package)
Distance to Port: 18-20 minutes

2. The Elizabeth House Hotel ★★★ (Cruise Parking)

The Elizabeth House Hotel is located just outside Southampton city centre near the University. Guests staying here can enjoy free parking. There’s also a bar and restaurant on-site. Property has expanded their secure on-site car parking facility (allocated disabled parking space included), so you are able to book cruise parking only as well, in addition to the hotel’s cruise and stay package. Cost per day from £4.75*. Simply leave a message on your reservation that you want to book parking as well while on cruise.

Park for Free during stay and from £4.75*/day to £15.00*/day (depending on dates) while on cruise
Distance to Port: 8-10 minutes

3. Harbour Hotel Southampton ★★★★★ (Free Shuttle)

Southampton Marina Harbour Hotel
As being one of the best and most luxurious hotels in Southampton, the Harbour Hotel & Spa offers 5 star service and modern bedrooms, some of which have a balcony and wonderful marina or sea views. Parking is free while staying here, found just across the road from the establishment.

Guests can enjoy the full use of The HarSpa which includes a pool, steam room and sauna. Distance to the nearest cruise terminal (Ocean) and ferry is only 4 minutes, or 17 min. on foot. A free shuttle to the port is offered by the hotel.

There’s complimentary car parking for the duration of your stay. If you are joining a cruise, and should wish to leave your vehicle at the hotel, for any additional days outside your stay, the cost is £15.00 per day.

Complimentary transfer to Cruise Port
Distance to Port: 4-8 minutes

4. The Pilgrim Inn ★★★ (Cruise Parking)

Set in a 200 year old thatched converted cottage, the Pilgrim Inn is a picturesque hotel offering very elegant and immaculate rooms away from the centre of Southampton. The popular restaurant is situated in the pub across the car park which is complimentary. For guests willing to leave their car on the premises while on cruise a fee is charged.

Driving time to the port terminals is approx. 20 minutes, however on cruise departures days it can take longer (taxi is around £30 depending on traffic). Long term parking for cruise guests is charged at £7.50* per night.

Car Parking is Complimentary, Long Term Cruise Parking is £7.50/night
Distance to Port: 15-20 minutes

5. The Star Hotel ★★★ (Budget Friendly)

The property is set in a Grade II listed building and provides 44 elegant guest rooms with traditional feel. Several parking spaces are available which is £6.00 per day. Long term cruise parking is available for a fee (around £55* for a week). The hotel is reasonably priced and well located not far from the cruise terminals, restaurants and West Quay shops. Guest reception can arrange your taxi down to the ship & return journey if required. Cost for taxi is around £7 to the docks.

Cruise Parking for a Small Fee
Distance to Port: 5-10 minutes

6. Holiday Inn Express Southampton West, an IHG hotel ★★★

When driving to the port of Southampton, Holiday Inn Express West is ideally located just off the M27 motorway. The hotel offers complimentary parking for regular vehicles, car vans, etc. and excellent value for a one night short pre-cruise stay. When its time to head to your ship, the docks are 10 to 15 minutes from the property, depending on which terminal. Perfect location for Peppa Pig World as well. You can leave your car at the property for an affordable rate while on cruise. Parking spaces must be reserved with yourparkingspace, the company that manages the parking lot.

Park for Free during stay, Cruise Parking Available (by third party company)
Distance to Port: 10-15 minutes

7. Landguard Lodge Guest House ★★★★

The Landguard Lodge Guest House provides accommodation at an affordable price in Southampton. Relax pre- or post cruise in one of the six simple and cosy decorated rooms with en suite bathrooms. Free private parking is available on site. The new MSC berth at the port is only 4 minutes away, while the other terminals can easily be reached in 10 minutes. It’s perfect for an overnight stay before a cruise. The city centre is only a short walking distance away.

Free Parking during your stay
Distance to Port: 4-10 minutes

8. ibis Southampton ★★★ (Popular)

The good value ibis Southampton is well located on West Quay Road very close to Southampton cruise port and adjacent to the main railway station. Stay in one of the double or twin rooms, on the morning of embarkation walk to your designated cruise terminal or take a taxi (5-10min in taxi average cost £10 depending on the gate). As the property is close to the nearest dock, it can be also comfortably walked within 15 minutes.

Parking is available on-site for guests, however there is a cost of £10* per night. There’s a Park, Sleep and Cruise (PSC) package with room and parking included in the price. However, the price for the package is not fixed and is subject to demand and availability.

Cruise Parking Package
Distance to Port: 4-8 minutes (Walking Distance)

9. Hilton at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton ★★★★

This Hilton hotel is part of the Ageas Bowl resort complex, the home of Hampshire Cricket. This 4 star property is approx. 20 minutes by car from Southampton cruise terminals. Many of the bright rooms have private balcony and views over the cricket pitch, while parking is free. Long stay parking for cruise guests is available as part of the cruise and park packages. Transport to the cruise terminal, provided by a local taxi company, can be booked via the front office.

Park for Free during stay
Distance to Port: 18-20 minutes

10. Days Inn Southampton Rownhams ★★★ (Affordable, Free Parking)

Around 15 minutes drive from the Southampton cruise terminals, Days Inn Rownhams is a cheaper property located on the M27 Southbound. It’s the ideal venue for guests driving to the port as car parking is free during your stay. If you’re looking to leave your vehicle whilst on your cruise, a discounted parking rate was available but unfortunately long term cruise parking is no longer offered (please check with hotel for latest information). Transport is available through a local taxi service, which will be around £18-20*.

Distance to Port: 14-18 minutes

11. Highfield House Hotel ★★★

Located near to the town centre and 2.6 miles from Southampton cruise terminals, Highfield House Hotel offers reasonable priced rooms and good parking facilities which are included in the room rate. It’s an ideal budget friendly place to stay for travellers on route to Southampton the next day for a cruise. Currently the residence does not offer cruise parking, so it is best to park near the port at one of the providers near the cruise docks.

Note: Property is Temporarily Closed
Park for Free during stay
Distance to Port: 10-12 minutes

12. Holiday Inn Southampton, an IHG hotel ★★★★

You can’t go wrong with the Holiday Inn hotel before your cruise departs from Southampton. Located next to all major cruise terminals, this property offers comfortable rooms, some with fantastic views of the port and sea. Self-parking is available for a daily rate of £15 for overnight guests, while a taxi to the docks is between £5 – £12 depending on which terminal and traffic on departure day. The ‘Cruise Package’ at Holiday Inn includes accommodation with breakfast, parking for up to 15 nights and return taxi transfer to Southampton Cruise Terminals (Package only available when booking directly).

Parking is £15/day, Included with Package
Distance to Port: 2-5 minutes

13. Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour ★★★★

Directly located on Southampton’s waterfront, four star Leonardo Royal Hotel Grand Harbour is one of the closest hotels from the cruise ship terminals, very recognizable by its glass atrium. It’s a larger property with almost 200 guest rooms and suites, and a popular venue for weddings and conferences. When staying in the hotel overnight, there’s car parking available at a location nearby for a fee.

Distance to Port: 3-5 minutes

14. DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton ★★★★ (Cruise Parking)

The DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton is well located for cruise passengers driving to the port, which can be reached in 15 minutes depending on traffic. The property has over 200 parking spaces which is charged at 5GBP per night. A 15 Day Park Cruise package can be booked which includes parking for 15 days and breakfast but you need to contact hotel directly for further information on the rates as this package is not always available. Many guest rooms are recently refurbished.

Included with Package
Cruise car park will be £5* per night (without Package)
Distance to Port: 12-15 minutes

15. Novotel Southampton ★★★★

Located in Southampton city centre on West Quay Road, the Novotel is one of the nearest properties from the cruise docks. It’s an excellent location for cruises and within walking distance to shopping mall, and restaurants. There’s a swimming pool, perfect for families with children. Parking is charged at £10 a day per vehicle but if you book one of the special packages, a night stay is included and parking is allowed for one entire week. Prices can vary due to availability and dates (please note: packages are not always offered).

The property can always arrange a shuttle to the port for a fee (provided by a third party).

Parking is £10/day, long term parking available
Distance to Port: 4-8 minutes

16. Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa ★★★★

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa is located within easy reach of the M3 and M27, 20 minutes drive from the port of Southampton in England. Free parking is offered to guests staying at the hotel, other facilities include a swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. Unwind before departing on your cruise in one of the comfortable well appointed rooms or suites.

The popular Park & Cruise package include accommodation, breakfast, return transfer to and from the port and up to 15 days complimentary car parking. For cruises from Portsmouth there’s an additional cost for transfers of £20 each way.

Park for Free during stay, extra days are charged at £10 per day
Distance to Port: 20-25 minutes

17. Glenmore Guesthouse ★★★ (Budget)

Travellers looking for a budget stay before or after their cruise voyage, Glenmore Guest House is one of the most affordable accommodation options. Property is located close to Southampton town centre, but in a quiet neghbourhood. Relax in one of the Single or Double rooms and enjoy a leisurely breakfast the following morning before heading to the port, which is only a short ride away. Complimentary car parking is included.

Free Parking during your stay
Distance to Port: 3-7 minutes

18. Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel ★★★

Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel is located around 20 minutes from the cruise docks in Southampton, only minutes from Junction 14 of the M3 and Junction 4 of the M27. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the extensive gardens, or relax in the modern spa and pool. Some rooms overlook the gorgeous grounds. Car parking is free for guests. Their special packages include breakfast, free use of the leisure facilities, taxi transport service for two guests to/from the terminals and parking for up to 14 days. Additional nights can be booked. Note: Unfortunately last time I checked this package was not available.

Park for Free during stay and with special package
Distance to Port: 16-20 minutes

Parking at Southampton Terminals for Cruises

Driving to Port of Southampton
Driving to Port

There are many options available for parking near Southampton cruise docks, which range in quality and price. Several companies offer Park & Ride and these are generally cheaper, while the Meet and Greet option is the most conventient but costs a little more.

The official cruise car parking in the Port of Southampton is ABP (abparking) used by Royal Caribbean/Celebrity, MSC and Fred Olsen. These parkings are located right next to the terminals.

Carnival Group cruise ships use CPS. Drivers will move your car to one of the parking areas adjacent to the cruise terminals. At the end of the cruise you can walk to your car, this only takes a few minutes, it is also possible that the driver will pick up the car and then bring it to the terminal.

In general, parking at Southampton is rather easy and cheaper that at most airports.

Plenty of hotels are located right in the centre of Southampton or just outside the city center, minutes from the M3 and M27 motorways, perfect for when driving to port. When staying for a few days and travelling with kids, take the family for a fun day out at Paultons Park, home of Peppa Pig World, or visit the exciting Marwell Zoo.


note (*): Prices and parking rates listed are subject to change based on availability from the hotel and may change at any time. Please contact the hotel directly for latest hotel/cruise parking packages.
(Latest update December 23rd, 2023)
Please contact us if any information is incorrect or not up-to-date.

The Elizabeth House Hotel is located just outside Southampton city centre near the University. Guests staying here can enjoy free parking and leave their car at the secure car park for £4.75/day. Days Inn Rownhams is a cheaper property located on the M27 Southbound. It’s the ideal venue for guests driving to the port as car parking is free during your stay. If you’re looking to leave your vehicle whilst on your cruise, a discounted parking rate is offered at £5.00* per day.

Directly located on Southampton’s waterfront, four star Leonardo Royal Hotel Grand Harbour is one of the closest hotels from the cruise ship terminals. A cruise & stay package is offered which includes bed and breakfast along with parking and shuttle transfer. Other properties with special packages include the Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa and Holiday Inn Southampton.

When driving to the port of Southampton there are several hotels which offer free car parking during your stay. All properties are conventienly located within easy reach of the cruise terminals. The following hotels, among others, offer complimentary parking when staying at the property; The Holiday Inn Express West, Harbour Hotel & Spa, The Mayfair guest house and Hilton at the Ageas Bowl

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