Southampton travel guide

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You're Going to Love Southampton

With a population of 246.201, Southampton is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in Southampton to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Southampton

City Centre is the neighbourhood with the most restaurants in Southampton. These include popular favourites such as Porters Wine & Charcuterie (20-22 Queens Terrace), Edo Asia (High St) and Bill's Restaurant & Bar - Southampton (Westquay South). If you’re looking for affordable options, Casa Brasil Southampton Westquay (Unit WM20, Level 2 West Quay South) and L'Osteria Southampton (Unit WM16 Westquay South, Watermark Centre) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Reggina's Italian, Botley (13-15 High Street Botley) and XOXO Southampton (31-32 Oxford St) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Southampton.

When to visit Southampton

Southampton in January
Estimated hotel price
£65
1 night at 3-star hotel
Southampton in January
Estimated hotel price
£65
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Southampton in July, when the average temperature is 18 °C, and the highest can go up to 22 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is December, when it can get as cold as 3 °C, with an average temperature of 4 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in December, when precipitation is around 76 mm. In contrast, July is usually the driest month of the year in Southampton, with an average rainfall of 25 mm.

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How to Get to Southampton

Plane

When flying to Southampton, you’ll arrive at Southampton Airport (SOU), which is located 6 km from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Southampton departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Southampton, followed by Train. The train journey from Southampton to Bristol takes 1h 34m and costs around £27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Brussels, expect to pay about £26 for a 2h 02m trip. Located 0.7 km from the city centre, Southampton Central is the busiest station in Southampton. Another popular train station is Southampton Redbridge, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Southampton is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 110 km from Southampton. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Southampton, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Southampton takes 217 km and will cost you around £2. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 233 km. The most popular bus station is Southampton Burgess Road Library, located 3 km from the city centre of Southampton. Southampton Port is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 km from the city centre.

Plane

When flying to Southampton, you’ll arrive at Southampton Airport (SOU), which is located 6 km from the city centre. The shortest domestic flight to Southampton departs from Belfast and takes around 1h 15m.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Southampton, followed by Train. The train journey from Southampton to Bristol takes 1h 34m and costs around £27 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Brussels, expect to pay about £26 for a 2h 02m trip. Located 0.7 km from the city centre, Southampton Central is the busiest station in Southampton. Another popular train station is Southampton Redbridge, located 5 km from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Southampton is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 110 km from Southampton. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Southampton, including National Express, FlixBus and Megabus. From Bristol, the bus ride to Southampton takes 217 km and will cost you around £2. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about £4 for a journey of 233 km. The most popular bus station is Southampton Burgess Road Library, located 3 km from the city centre of Southampton. Southampton Port is also a commonly used station, and is 1.7 km from the city centre.

Airports near Southampton

Airlines serving Southampton

Lufthansa
Good (4,574 reviews)
KLM
Good (851 reviews)
SWISS
Good (920 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,402 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,593 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,276 reviews)
Air France
Good (970 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,543 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (482 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,925 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,119 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,481 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,664 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (222 reviews)
Finnair
Good (886 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (833 reviews)
LOT
Good (681 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,152 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (915 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,459 reviews)
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Where to stay in Southampton

Average rates range from around £98 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £136 and up for a 5-star experience. There are also lots of holiday rental options in Southampton, with prices from £18 to £2,476 per night. City Centre is the neighbourhood with the highest amount of rentals to choose from. On average, holiday rentals in Southampton are about 17% cheaper than a hotel room in the city.

Where to stay in popular areas of Southampton

Most booked hotels in Southampton

The Crown Manor House Hotel
4 stars
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£96+
Leonardo Royal Southampton Grand Harbour
4 stars
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£84+
Holiday Inn Express Southampton M27, Jct.7
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£67+
Leonardo Hotel Southampton
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£76+
Village Southampton Eastleigh
4 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
£70+
Holiday Inn Southampton
4 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£79+

Hiring a car in Southampton

Hiring a car in Southampton costs £42 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Southampton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Southampton is Compact (Class Compact Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Kia XCeed or similar) is, on average, 78% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in Southampton costs £42 per day, on average.

Expect to pay £1.50 per litre in Southampton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.93 and £23.91. The most frequently booked car type in Southampton is Compact (Class Compact Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Intermediate car hire (Kia XCeed or similar) is, on average, 78% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.