car service from southampton to london

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May 10th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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car service from southampton to london

My family of 4 are getting off a ship in southampton and will be staying in a london hotel. We need a reasonable and reliable car service to pick us up and deliver us to our hotel.
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May 10th, 2007, 04:15 PM
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Is an agent helping you with arrangements? If so, I would check there first. We did that on a trip on the QM2. Worked out very well. Will probably be a bit pricey with 4 and the exchange rate and all. I'd avoid any offers from the cruise line since they always seem to be way overpriced.
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May 11th, 2007, 10:40 AM
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We are not using any agent. We are doing this on our own. We would prefer not to spend the $86 per person from Princess cruises to Victoria Station. I was hoping to get a private car for the same $350, which would take us door to door.
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May 11th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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$86 per person did sound expensive to me, so I looked at some local taxi companies websites (I live near Southampton). It would appear that an average journey from Southampton to central London would cost between £125 and £150 - so $260 - $310 total.

The "specialist pick up from cruise liners companies tend to be much more expensive.

There are a few local companies listed on the website below - it might be worth emailing or visiting their website for a quote.

http://www.the-mayflower.com/taxis.asp
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May 11th, 2007, 11:25 AM
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I thank you so much for your help. I just emailed one of the companies for a quote.
Thanks again for your help.
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May 11th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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captainquirk - if you are unable to get any help from those companies (I see that one is a dead link), then I can always look in the local yellow pages for taxi companies with Email addresses.

I tend to use a local company to get up to airports etc, but I am not sure if he has a vehicle large enough for four adults + luggage.
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May 12th, 2007, 05:02 PM
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It might even be cheaper to rent a car for the duration of your trip as long as driving on the left hand side of the road would not be a factor. I highly suggest that if you do rent a car, obay the speed limits as there are numerous speed traps along the way near the water.
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May 12th, 2007, 05:24 PM
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The last couple of times we have been in London, we have used Ray's transfer service from heathrow to our daughter and son in law's place in Rotherhite. I think they also do pick-up service from cruise lines. They have been very reliable and it can't hurt to check - have a great trip!
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May 13th, 2007, 09:50 AM
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Thank you all for your responses, I am looking into Ray's, and I am also looking into renting a car.
I have no problem driving in England, I have done it before. The car they want to give me is not air conditioned. Do I need air conditioning on August 9, to drive to London?
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May 13th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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Not if you can open a window and you are moving.

BUT how much luggage do you have. Even if it's just typical airline size you'll have difficulty getting it into anything smaller than a Renault Espace (7 seat people carrier)
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May 13th, 2007, 10:52 AM
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And driving into London - sooner you than me
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May 13th, 2007, 12:32 PM
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I'd check www.megatrain.co.uk/uk/

They have TRAIN seats for as little as £4 for a trip that takes you to Waterloo where it will be a lot easier (and cheaper) to get a taxi to your hotel
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May 14th, 2007, 01:52 AM
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Just following up on willits suggestion, if you go to www.yell.co.uk and search for "airport taxi" in Southampton, you will get lots of long-distance taxi companies.

I wouldn't consider driving into central London from Southampton - far more trouble than its worth! Take a taxi, or the train.
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