Travelling around Southampton
Visitors to Southampton can get in by plane, train, boat, bus or car. When flying in, tourists enter the city via the Southampton International Airport, which is near Eastleigh city.
UK travellers often take the train to Southampton, particularly South West Trains, which operates an hourly service departing from London Waterloo to Southampton.
Meanwhile, if you're heading to Southampton by car, your best bet is the M3 motorway. From there, you can get to the M25 and London. Meanwhile, the M27 will link you to Southampton from Bournemouth and the West Country from the west and to Brighton and other places south of England on the east.
Travelling around Southampton city, and to railway stations and the airport has never been easier. Parking is relatively easy too, as there are numerous pay and display areas, especially in the city centre. You may even be lucky to find a free parking spot, particularly on the streets or at those free two-hour car parks.
If you don’t have a car, the two preferred ways of getting around are either by bus or taxi, Walking around the city is easy too, especially since the city centre is such a fairly compact place. The five major bus lines are Uni-link, Solent Blue Line, First, Wilts & Dorset and City Clipper. Electronic information screens all over Southampton give timetable information and directions. Taxis are also easy to find, but they are more expensive than hopping on a bus. And if you choose to cycle you'll find good cycle routes and ready availability of repairs, sales help and advice.