Southampton Airport essential travel guide
Postcode for GPS: SO18 2NL

Southampton Airport - along with London Heathrow, Stansted, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh - is one of six air travel bases in the UK owned and operated by BAA.

It is the main gateway to England's south coast for air passengers, handling close to two million customers every year.

How to get there

Car
Southampton Airport is situated 6.5km from the city centre and can be reached from the M27 motorway via junction five. Drivers coming through central Southampton can get to the base on the A335.
 
Train
The airport claims to offer one of the fastest plane-to-train connection times in Europe, with the onsite railway station situated just a minute's walk from the terminal. South West Trains operates direct services to Southampton Airport from London Waterloo and various locations in south and west England, including Winchester, Salisbury and Bournemouth. CrossCountry Trains provides links to cities even further afield, such as Birmingham and Manchester.
 
Bus
Uni-link runs buses from the airport to the University of Southampton, the waterfront and the city centre every 15 minutes during the week and every 20 minutes at weekends and on public holidays.

The airport

A number of provisions are available at Southampton Airport to make the travel experience as straightforward as possible for members of the public, including self-service and online check-in. The latter is an option for people flying with major carriers such as Flybe and Air France.
 
Before reaching security checkpoints, passengers will come across shops and amenities including a branch of WHSmith and a Moneycorp desk where customers can order and collect currency. A range of luxury items, accessories, designer brands and fragrances with discounts of up to 40 per cent are on sale at the World Duty Free store after security.
 
The airport also offers various methods of communication, from post boxes and public telephones to internet-connected PCs and a wireless broadband service available across the whole site.

Other facilities

Passengers looking for information and guidance upon arrival at Southampton Airport can head to the help point, which is situated on the main concourse between arrivals and departures. Here, travellers can see live flight updates and a detailed airport map and also check information about transport and accommodation.
 
Situated next to the help point is a tourist information touchscreen terminal, while roaming ambassadors can also be found throughout the airport to answer queries.
 
A new executive facility called the Breeze Priority Lounge is available to business customers and leisure passengers who are willing to pay for a few luxuries. For £15 per person, guests can enjoy comfortable seating, priority security access, complimentary Wi-Fi and a selection of snacks and drinks.
 
The lounge also has useful features including laptop and mobile phone charging points and flight information screens.

Direct Flights travel tip

 People interested in visiting one of Southampton Airport's best vantage points can head to Costa Coffee on the top floor of the departure lounge, which offers views encompassing the runway and airfield.

Hotels nearby

There are plenty of accommodation options within easy reach of Southampton Airport, one of the most popular of which is the Holiday Inn Eastleigh. This property is located within 1.5 miles of the base and boasts recently refurbished rooms and a bar and lounge area.
 
Other options include the three-star Best Western Chilworth Manor, which is less than two and a half miles away, and the four-star Hilton Southampton approximately three miles from the airport.