Southampton Airport Bus

Southampton Airport (SOU) is an international airport serving Southampton, Hampshire in the United Kingdom, located around 6 km from Southampton city center. It is among the top 20 busiest airports in the UK with nearly 2 million passengers per year. The airport also serves as a hub for Flybe airline carrier.

How to get from Southampton Airport to Southampton

Airport bus

Uni-link U1C bus operates between the airport and Southampton city center, also stopping by the Southampton University and the Waterfront.

Buses depart every 7-8 minutes on weekdays during the day and every 20 minutes in the evening hours. During the weekends and holidays, buses depart every 10-15 minutes.

There is also a night line on Fridays and Saturdays departing every hour, starting from 1:00 am.

You can also catch a direct bus to several other destinations. Bus line X4 by Xelabus takes you to Eastleigh and Hedge End. Also, Megabus departs from the airport making a first stop in Oxford and the last one in Sunderland.


Trains depart from Southampton Airport Parkway Station which is only a minute walk away from the airport terminal. Every 10 minutes direct trains depart to Southampton Central Station.

You can book your tickets online for discounted prices or simply buy them at the ticket machine in the Arrivals area.

From Southampton Airport Parkway Station you can directly get to several other destinations such as Winchester, Bournemouth, Reading, Portsmouth and London Waterloo.


Taxi service at Southampton Airport is operated by Checker Cars and they are available 24/7. Upon your arrival, head to the taxi booking desk in the terminal building. Make sure you always pick the official licensed taxi. We also recommend you check the price before the ride.

Private Transfer

Another way to travel from Southampton Airport is with a private, door-to-door transfer directly to your accommodation in the city. You can pre-book a transfer for a hassle-free experience, professional driver will wait for you at the airport and take you to your destination.

Renting a car at Southampton Airport

For those who would prefer to reach the city and explore the area on their own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport. At Southampton Airport you’ll find several car rental companies including Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz. Compare their prices and book your vehicle.

Renting a bus at Southampton Airport

Larger groups of passengers should consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.

Accommodation near Southampton Airport

Check out below for the nearest accommodation options:

Southampton Airport FAQs

  • I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
    Airport buses and trains depart till evening hours, if you find yourself arriving late at night, you can always use a taxi or private transfer.
  • Is there a free WiFi service available at Southampton Airport?
    The airport provides free WiFi service for 4 hours. For additional internet access you need to pay.
  • Can I exchange money at Southampton Airport?
    Yes, you will find several ATMs as well as Moneycorp bureau de change where you can exchange your money.
  • I am continuing my journey outside Southampton. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
    Besides the already mentioned direct bus and train connections there are no additional ones. You can always get to the Southampton main bus station and continue your journey. Below you can check the most popular routes and buy your tickets directly on the link:
Southampton – London Southampton – Gatwick Airport Southampton – Heathrow Airport Southampton – Bournemouth
Southampton – Winchester Southampton – Portsmouth Southampton – Manchester Southampton – Poole

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