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Southampton Airport Departures Information

Southampton Airport has one terminal, the departures lounge has shops to cover the essentials and a great selection of dining options. These include WHSmith, World Duty Free, and Costa Coffee. Other facilities for departures include Money Corp currency exchange, a premium Priority Lounge, and four hours of free Wi-Fi access.

When to check in at Southampton Airport?

Southampton Airport recommends that passengers travelling on domestic flights arrive at the airport to check-in at least one hour before domestic flights and 90 minutes before European flights. Using online check-in facilities where available is recommended, this saves you time at the airport and if you're travelling with hand luggage only you can head straight to security once you arrive. Bag drop desks are located in the check-in hall for those travelling with hold luggage, these typically close around 45 minutes before your flight however it is important to confirm this with the airline you are travelling with.

Southampton Airport Arrivals Information

If you are heading to Southampton Airport to meet family and friends you can stay up to date with their latest flight status using our arrivals information above.
The Arrivals Hall exits into the main public area of the airport, facilities here include Costa Coffee, The Globe Bar and Restaurant, WHSmith, and a taxi desk.

Pick up and drop off at Southampton Airport

When picking up or dropping passengers off at Southampton Airport you are strictly limited to the drop off zones, dropping off on airport roads approaching the terminal forecourt is prohibited.

The drop off zone is located in the short stay multi storey car park, you can stop here for a maximum of 10 minutes for £1. This is a one minute walk from the airport entrance.
Alternatively, you can use the drop off zone in the long stay car park, this is free for the first 30 minutes. A 5 minute shuttle bus is required to transfer you to the airport, departures are every 10 minutes.

Where should I park at Southampton Airport?

Parking options at Southampton Airport are the Short Stay, Long Stay and Priority Valet Parking.

The Short Stay car park is just 2 minutes walk from the airport and ideal for those staying for less than 2 days and those who wish to stay close to the airport terminal building.
The Long Stay car park offers the cheapest car parking and it is just a 5 minute shuttle bus ride away. There is a minimum stay of 2 days.

The Priority Valet Parking gives you the quickest route into the airport, simply drop off your car at the car park, one minute from the terminal building and it will be parked for you. Your car will be ready for you once you arrive back at Southampton Airport.
It is recommended that you book your car park space in advance to enjoy the discounts and offers available.

How to get to and from Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport is just 4 miles to the north-east of Southampton and serves the towns and cities including Portsmouth and Bournemouth on the south coast and the Isle of Wight with its own train station and easy access to the M3 and M27 motorways.

Southampton Airport by car

Southampton Airport is a short 10 minute drive from Southampton via the A335, Portsmouth is 20 miles from Southampton Airport via the M27, and Bournemouth is 34 miles away via the M27 and A31 through the New Forest National Park.

The Southampton Cruise Terminal is a 15 minute, 5 mile drive via the A35. Keep up to date with traffic news if you're heading to the cruise terminal as ships docking leads to an increase in traffic around in the city.

Car hire is available at Southampton Airport from the dedicated car rental building. You will find the likes of Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and Budget located here.

The postcode for Southampton Airport for those using sat-nav is SO18 2NL, once you arrive at the airport follow the signs for the car parks.

Southampton Airport by train/tram

Southampton Airport has its own railway station, Southampton Airport Parkway is less than a minutes walk away from the terminal offering quick and easy connections into Southampton city centre and beyond.

Trains to Southampton depart every 5-15 minutes depending on the time of day with a total journey time of 7-10 minutes. Direct trains to Bournemouth depart approximately every 15 minutes with an average journey time of 40 minutes and a train to Portsmouth will take 1 hour and 10 minutes with a change at Southampton Central Station. There are also regular services to Eastleigh, Winchester, and Poole.

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Southampton Airport by bus/coach

Uni-Link operate the main airport bus route U1C, this departs every 15-20 minutes and has a journey time of 35-40 minutes.

Southampton Airport by bicycle

Free bicycle parking is available for those cycling to the airport, dedicated bays can be found in the Short Stay car park.

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