Southampton Airport (SOU) is in Hampshire, under a twenty minute drive from Southampton city centre and about half an hour from Portsmouth and Winchester.
It was recently praised by Which? for having the least amount of waiting time at check-in of all UK airports with an average wait of just 10 minutes.
Driving to Southampton Airport:
Southampton Airport’s postcode for Sat Navs: SO18 2NL
The airport is just off junction 5 on the M27 and pretty close to the M3.
Driving from Southampton: Take the A335, then turn right onto the A27 and at the roundabout, take the first exit for Wide Lane. Follows signs to the airport.
Driving from Bournemouth / the West Country: Stay on the M25 past the M3 merge point and then leave at junction 5. Immediately after leaving the motorway take the exit to Eastleigh at the roundabout and continue straight over the next roundabout. From here the airport should be clearly signed.
Driving from the East: On the M27, the A3 merges into the A27 which becomes the M27. Leave at junction 5 and keep on the right hand lane, following signs to Eastleigh and then to the airport.
Parking at Southampton Airport:
There’s a choice of short and long stay parking options. The Short Stay starts from £9.25* a day and has undercover parking and is 1 minute walk away from the terminal. The Long Stay car park price starts from £5.75* a day and is located a 5 minute shuttle away.
(* prices were based on the last time we checked in June 2015)
Public Transport to/from Southampton Airport:
Southampton Airport Buses:
You can catch a local bus to Southampton city centre in 35 minutes. The Uni-link U1C goes from the university, city centre and eastern docks to the airport. During the week days it runs every 7 minutes and at the weekend, every 15 minutes.
Trains to/from Southampton Airport:
Southampton Airport has its own rail station, with one of the fastest plane to train connections in Europe (they say it’s under 100 steps from the main terminal to Southampton Airport Parkway train station). From Southampton Airport Parkway, you can reach Southampton in 7 minutes, Reading in 49 minutes and London Waterloo in 69 minutes.
Taxis to/from Southampton Airport:
Checker Cars is the airport’s taxi service, fares are all pre-quoted and you can book online or over the phone.
Coaches to/from Southampton Airport:
Megabus runs a link to Sunderland with its first stop at Oxford.
Southampton Airport facilities:
Last time we checked, travellers could access the Priority Lounge for around £15 per person, which has unlimited Wi-Fi and refreshments and laptop and mobile charge points.
Food and Drink:
For a quick drink and snack there’s a Costa and if you’d rather a sit down meal there are two restaurants: The Globe or The Olive Tree.
There’s World Duty Free and a WH Smith for your shopping needs. Before security you’ll find a Moneycorp where you can change your pounds to holiday money.
Wi-Fi is available free for the first four hours.