Southampton International Airport



Southampton International Airport is on the coast near the eastern border of Wessex. It is actually in the town of Eastleigh.


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Southampton International Airport

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Southampton itself is a large city and port on the south coast of Hampshire Air services at the airport connect to and from a large number of destinations all over the UK and Europe. The destination list can be found here.

The airport has easy access by road and rail to Wessex and the rest of the country.

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Airlines

Several airlines and tour operators use this airport.

Air France

Flybe                                                              Thomas Cook

Aurigny                                                           Blue Islands

Eastern Airways                                             Neilson

Thompson Airways                                         Espirit Ski

Inghams                                                          Ski Total

                                           First Choice

                                

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Transport

There is a link bus to city of Southampton itself. The link bus connects Southampton Airport, Southampton University, the city centre and the Waterfront. Runs every fifteen minutes and twenty minutes at the weekend.


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Taxis

There are normally plenty of taxis available at the airport. Operated by Checker Cars. Book and pay for one at the taxi desk in the Arrivals Hall and your taxi will pick you up outside the terminal. How easy is that!!!


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Hire Cars

Hire cars available. There is a dedicated car hire building and most of the most popular car hire firms are available. Or even simpler prebook your car from our car hire page before you go!!!!


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Car Parking

There are three car parks at the airport. Short stay, blue badge and priority parking are closest to the terminal and spaces can be booked. There is a prebooked long stay car park and a long stay car park. The car park map can be found here.


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Coaches

National Express Bus Station Southampton
National Express Bus Station Southampton

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National Express coach services can be found in Southampton itself in Harbour Parade. There are connections to Southampton International Airport.



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Rail

Southampton airport railway station is Southampton Parkway. Just next door!!! Trains to the City Centre, the lovely Wessex cities of Winchester, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. Also trains to Reading and London Waterloo.


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By Road

M3 road sign
Gives access to the A303

A303 road sign
Basingstoke, Winchester and the West.


M27 road sign

The Portsmouth road. Quite a short motorway only about 25 miles long. Runs from Cadnum to Portsmouth.

Signs may say Eastleigh Airport on approach when you are coming back, this is Southampton International airport.


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Accommodation near Southampton International Airport

As Southampton is a large port city there is plenty of accommodation available.

The airport is actually situated in Eastleigh so accommodation may be preferred there.

As always though it is advisable to book. See the top of the right hand column for more information. Whatever type of accommodation you require should  be available.


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Take a tour

Why not try a tour round from and back to Southampton International Airport? It is a very pleasant idea. Hire a car and take delivery at the airport. Drive to the Isle of Wight Ferry at Terminal 1 which is Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road. Take the car and yourselves to East Cowes for a day or two trip round the Island. Finish up at Ryde perhaps for a trip back to Portsmouth to have a look at the Historic Dockyard and onwards to the New Forest, or finish at Yarmouth for a trip back to Lymington and the New Forest that way.

Travel over to Bournemouth and Weymouth, two delightful Dorset seaside towns. Then let the car wander along the Jurassic Coast stopping when the mood takes. Lyme Regis is the Pearl of Dorset. Continue over the border into Devon to visit Exeter, the English Riviera towns of Paignton, Brixham and Torquay then on to Plymouth. 

Two choices now, go on round the coast of Cornwall or travel from the south to the north of Devon through beautiful Devon farmland and Dartmoor to the delightful town of Ilfracombe.

Cross the Somerset border and visit Weston Super Mare, Cheddar Gorge and Burrington Combe. On up to Bristol on the edge of the county. Come back down to Bath and Wells and Glastonbury  to see if there are any UFO's or visit the Festival. 

Over to the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire. Visit Stonehenge and Avebury.

Cross back into Hampshire to the ancient city of Winchester. Explore the Itchen and Test Valleys, magic. Southampton airport is only a few miles away in the south of the county.

Come back again, there is so much more to see!!!!


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Earlier times

It is probable that the runway is built over a site of a Roman villa.

During the First World War the United States Navy used the area. Afterwards it was a transit camp for Russian refugees. Southampton Corporation bought the land in 1932 and the site became Southampton Municipal airport.

Bristol Parkway
Spitfire Supermarine model Southampton airport erected 2004

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History was made at the airport when in 1936 the first test flights of the famous Spitfire Supermarine aircraft were made from here. That almost life size model of a Spitfire on the approach road to Southampton airport is its commemoration.


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Other pages that may be of interest

Getting to and around Wessex

Best flights to southwest England

Heathrow International Airport

Gatwick International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport

Bristol International Airport

Exeter International Airport


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Enjoy.

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The control tower at Southampton International Airport

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Useful Information

for when you arrive


Accommodation

Hotels can be found locally from Wessex Hotels

There are some delightful cottages around the county. Probably one near where you would love to stay.

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Car Rentals

Want a cute car? Large car? Small car? Whatever you need you will find it here. You will probably find your favourite car hire firm here and Car Rentals do not add a penny to their price for looking all over for you!


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Why not travel by Coach

If you do decide the leave the car at home and help the environment too, why not go National Express. They run coaches all over the country. Some pretty good fares too.

Just imagine - sit back and relax, no hassling with the traffic!!!

Do you know that you can book on your mobile phone and they will send the ticket as a text!!!!


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Trains

Virgin Trains is an excellent main line railway.

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More Public Transport

Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. There are other pages on Traveline for other parts of the country.


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Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry
Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry

Coastal footpath Shanklin to Sandown
Coastal Footpath Shanklin to Sandown, Isle of Wight.

New Forest ponies
Ponies in the New Forest

Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Exeter
Exeter

Brixham
Brixham

Sparkling stream in Dartmoor
Sparkling stream in Dartmoor

Devon countryside basking in the sunshine
Devon countryside basking in the sunshine

Bishop's Palace, Wells
Bishop's Palace, Wells

Avebury
Avebury

Winchester Cathedral
Winchester Cathedral

Thatched cottage in the Test Valley
Thatched Cottage in the Test Valley