Southampton International Airport

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

Southampton International Airport

Southampton International Airport
Photograph © wfmillar

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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Aer Lingus                              Aurigny

Blue Islands                            British Airways

Eastern Airways                       Easy Jet

KLM                                        Longanir                                 


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There are many buses that connect Southampton Airport and Southampton as well as several other places

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There are normally plenty of taxis available at the airport. 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. Most of the most popular car hire firms are available.

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Car Parking

There are three car parks at the airport. Short stay, Priority and Meet & Greet. Spaces can be booked. There is a prebooked long stay car park and a long stay car park.

There are free electric charging points undercover within the multi storey car park.

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National Express Bus Station Southampton

National Express Bus Station Southampton
Photograph © Colin Babb

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

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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

Road sign M3

Gives access to the A303

Road sign A303

Basingstoke, Winchester and the West.

Road sign M27

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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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.

Spitfire Supermarine model Southampton airport erected 2004

Spitfire Supermarine model Southampton airport erected 2004
Photograph © David Dixon

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

Heathrow International Airport

Gatwick International Airport

Bournemouth International Airport

Bristol International Airport

Exeter International Airport

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The control tower at Southampton International Airport

The control tower at Southampton International Airport
Photograph © Roy Gray

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Useful Information

for when you arrive

Accommodation near Southampton International Airport

As Southampton is a large port city there is plenty of accommodation available there. Southampton Airport  has a good list of hotels close by here. As always though it is advisable to book.

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Things change. Always check out the external links for the latest information.

These are just helpful suggestions only.

There is only one affiliate link, SBI.

Travel Wessex is a Guide.

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This is a developing map. Some areas have better coverage.

To find the nearest Electric Vehicle Charging Point please click here.

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Public Transport

National Express

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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National Rail Journey Planner.

For train journeys all over the United Kingdom connecting the places you want to go efficiently and quickly.

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Traveline is a very useful resource for public transport throughout Wessex, even local buses. In fact all over the United Kingdom.

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Southampton International Airport Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry

Lymington to Yarmouth car ferry

Southampton International Airport Coastal Footpath S to S

Coastal Footpath Shanklin to Sandown, Isle of Wight

Southampton International Airport Coastal Footpath New Forest ponies

Ponies in the New Forest

Southampton International Airport Jurassic coast

Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Southampton International Airport Exeter2


Southampton International Airport Brixham


Southampton International Airport Dartmoor1

Sparkling stream in Dartmoor

Southampton International Airport Devon countryside

Devon countryside basking in the sunshine

Southampton International Airport Bishops Palace Wells

Bishop's Palace, Wells

Southampton International Airport Avebury


Southampton International Airport Winchester Cathedral

Winchester Cathedral

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