Car hire at Southampton airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Southampton isn’t just a port and a university town – Netley Abbey and the Bargate shopping centre are well worth exploring. Why not do it with a rental car?
Where to hire a car in Southampton airport
National, Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, Budget and Enterprise have car hire offices in Southampton airport. These offices are not found in the terminal, you can find them opposite the terminal building in the car rental reception centre near the short stay car park. If you are returning your car outside of opening hours, there’s a box for you to drop your keys in outside of the reception.
Petrol stations close to Southampton airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a petrol station less than 5 minutes away from Southampton airport. Follow the A335 Southampton Road northbound and take the exit for the services station.
Driving around Southampton airport
Southampton is well connected to a number of major roads, including the M27 and the M5. Whilst these are easy to navigate if you know your destination, they can be busy at peak times, so it’s worth checking the travel news before you depart. The airport itself is located to the north of Southampton, which is one of the closest destinations to the airport.
Popular destinations to drive to from Southampton
Southampton city centre
It takes less than 10 minutes to be in the city centre of Southampton. Head southwest onto Mitchell Way when exiting the airport, and take the second exit on the first roundabout onto Wide Lane. At the next roundabout, continue on Wide Lane by taking the second exit. Keep left and merge onto the A335. If you keep following this road south, you’ll come across attractions like Bargate shopping centre, Saint Mary’s Stadium and Ocean Village. Many of the larger hotels here have on-site car parking and there are several large multi-storey car parks in the city centre. It can be hard to park near the coast on sunnier days though.
Portsmouth is a coastal city within easy reach of the airport, well known for the Spinnaker tower and the HMS Warrior.
To reach Portsmouth, you’ll be following the A335 onto the roundabout from Southampton airport: use the first exit on the roundabout to follow the signs to Portsmouth along the M27. Continue for 19 miles until you reach the exit for Portsmouth.
Winchester is partway between Southampton and London: a popular stop off destination for those on road trips.
Winchester is north of Southampton airport, and these are also the directions you’ll need if you want to visit London. The M3 is the easiest way to get to London from here, to get onto the M3, follow the A335 when leaving the airport, and take the 3rd exit on the roundabout to join the M27. Follow the M3 for 9 miles and take the A31 exit for Winchester, but to reach London and the Midlands, continue north on the M3.
Salisbury Cathedral is one of the best preserved in the UK, and it’s also within easy reach of the New Forest National Park and plenty of good country pubs. To reach Salisbury you’re going to have to use the M27. To get onto the M27, follow the A335 when leaving the airport, and take the 3rd exit on the roundabout to join the M27. At junction 2, take the A36 to Salisbury. This will take you into the centre of the town. Parking can be difficult in peak season (summer), but you can usually find a space in one of the car parks in the centre.