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Car Hire from Southampton Airport

Car Hire at Southampton Airport

This information is correct as of July 2015.

Travel to Southampton in England to see interesting attractions like the Southampton City Art Gallery, Solent Sky, Itchen Valley Country Park, Southampton Guildhall, and Royal Victoria Country Park, in addition to many more. From Southampton Airport, be sure to book or reserve a car through the many car rental companies that work within the airport, and start on an unforgettable road trip for you and your loved ones.

Where to hire a car at Southampton Airport

To rent a car through Southampton Airport, proceed to the Car Rental Reception Centre of the airport located opposite of the airport terminal building. The reception is next to the Short Stay Car Park. Well-known car rental companies provide reliable car rental service through the airport, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Europcar, Hertz, and National Car Rental. When returning the vehicle, proceed to the car rental car park then return the keys to the car rental reception centre. If you are returning the car outside of the operating hours, you can leave the keys in the drop box within the main terminal, opposite the check-in area.

What to expect when hiring a car from Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport is located approximately 6.5 kilometres or four miles north northeast of Southampton. You can exit the airport to get through the city proper via the J5 between the M3 motorway and M27 motorway, and the A335. From here, Winchester, Bournemouth, Poole, and Portsmouth are easily accessible. If you need to fuel up before your journey or before returning the vehicle, there is a petrol station located on the A335 Southampton Road, less than a mile north of Southampton Airport.

Driving around Southampton Airport

Southampton serves as a primary UK port that provides great transportation connections to and from various destinations throughout England. Among the roads that serve the city include the M27 motorway, the M3 Motorway, and the M271 motorway. Respectively, the roads connect places within the southern coastal areas of England, to the north of the city; connects Southampton to London, also connecting the city to the Midlands and North through A34, which is a part of the European route E05; and lastly, working as a spur of the M27 motorway, connecting to the Western Docks and city centre.

Car parking in Southampton uses the pay and display system, particularly in the city centre. Additionally, there are also car parks where you can park for free for up to two hours. Outside of the city centre, it is also possible for you to find free parking on the streets. If you arrive in Southampton during Boat Show, you will find the Park & Ride scheme on Junction 1 of the M271 motorway. Ticketholders of the Southampton Football Club matches are also entitled to Park & Ride privileges, on Junction 8 of the M27.

Getting to your destination

From Southampton Airport, some of the destinations that can be reached by car include Leeds, Sheffield, and Cornwall. We have provided easy to follow, brief driving instructions below to help jumpstart your road trip.

Travel to Leeds, a city located within the West Yorkshire area of England, and visit Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam, Thackray Museum, and Kirkstall Abbey, among others.

Starting from Southampton Airport, drive to Leeds by going 1.1 miles down M27, then to Winchester By-Pass/A34 in Winchester from M3. Take the exit 9 from M3. Next, go down M40 in Oxfordshire starting from A34 then down M40 and M42 to reach A42 in Leicestershire. Take exit 3 from M621 to go down M1 to Dewsbury Rd/A653 in Leeds. Lastly, via A653 go down Neville St and E Parade to Great George St. Total travel time is approximated at around four hours and 20 minutes for around 242 miles.

Some of the tourist destinations within Sheffield include Kelham Island Museum, Endcliffe Park, Bishops’ House, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, National Emergency Services Museum, and Sheffield Manor, to name a few.

Drive down M27 to M3 and Winchester By-Pass/A34 in Winchester via exit 9. Reach Oxfordshire from A34 from M40 then down M42 to A42 in Leicestershire. Take M1 to A617 in Derbyshire then exit 29 from M1. Lastly, drive down A617 and A61 to Leopold St in Sheffield. Total travel time is around three hours and 41 minutes for 208 miles, approximately.

Drive to Cornwall for tourist destinations like Eden Project, Land’s End, Lost Gardens of Heligan, and Minack Theatre, in addition to many more.

From Southampton Airport, reach Cornwall in about three hours and 30 minutes. You can go via A35 and A30 or via A303 and A30.

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