Getting around in Southampton: info, costs and tips

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The small town of Southampton is particularly famous for its port. It has about 254 inhabitants, and is located opposite the Isle of Wight. Its strategic position made it, since the Second World War, a very important center for port docks and for the departure of ships and ocean liners. In fact, it was from here that the famous Titanic began its tragic and final crossing.

The English town, located in the middle of the mouths of the Test and Itchen rivers, offers much more, it is home to two important universities, the its center is full of attractions and poles of interest easily reachable on foot or by bicycle. Southampton is also excellently served by buses and trains that connect it to the main English cities, and which allow you to reach the most peripheral areas from the center in a short time. Here's one guide on getting around Southampton: info, costs and advice!


  1. Useful Tips
  2. How to get from the airport to Southampton city center
  3. How to get around on foot
  4. Con i mezzi pubblici
  5. By car
  6. User questions and comments

Useful Tips

Getting around the city of Southampton is really simple. As public transport, it only has buses, alternatively there are taxis, far more numerous than in any other English city. It is not allowed to stop the so-called minicabs on the street, which must be booked in advance by telephone, or at the most you can pick them up at the bus stops or at the train station.

Also the bicycle rental service is recommended, it is in fact one of the preferred means of transport to explore Southampton. There is the YoBike option, which makes the two wheels identifiable with the appropriate app usable, the cost of the service is only £ 1,00 / hour (€ 1,09).

Car rental is not recommended in the city, but it could be a convenient solution for getting around. Moreover it is not even easy to find parking and there are several areas where parking is prohibited. In order not to incur unnecessary fines, it is better to leave the car in your hotel.

  • Recommended solutions and means: on foot in the town, by bike, by bus
  • Solutions and means not recommended: car

How to get from the airport to Southampton city center

Southampton is equipped with a own international airport, located a few kilometers from the town that can be easily reached by bus, train or taxi.

With the rail service, in addition to the connection with the city of Southampton, it is also possible to reach London Waterloo station, Bournemouth, Oxford and the rest of the English railway network. While it is three bus company which allow connections from the airport to the city, including the regular 101 service operated by First Southampton.

Southampton Airport

  • Distance from the center: 6 km / travel time: 15 min;
  • By train: South Western Railway line / ticket cost: from £ 2,40 (€ 2,60)
  • By taxi: average cost £ 25,00 (€ 27,40) / travel time: about 10 minutes
  • By bus: average cost £ 2,00 (€ 2,20) / line U1C Unilink and line X4 of Xelabus

How to get around on foot

The town of Southampton allows you to move on foot in complete tranquility. The port, one of the main attractions of the city, is about 35 km from the urban area on foot, while the entertainment and shopping venues, the University of Southampton Solent and the impressive Titanic Engineers' Memorial are really located a few minutes walk from the city center.

The Ocean Village is also worth a visit, a little further from the center but, once reached, it really lends itself very well to being explored on foot. It is a lively and modern neighborhood that develops on the seafront, in the marina area, full of clubs and restaurants.

Con i mezzi pubblici

Southampton is served by three different bus companies, with a total of more than 40 vehicles that guarantee a widespread and efficient public transport service.

Each firm has the own tariff, not valid for the others. In addition to single tickets, you can always opt for booklets valid for multiple journeys or for several days. Furthermore, i night transport every Friday and Saturday. Here we give you in detail the timetables and costs for all three companies.

Unilink bus

Unilink includes five bus lines, recognizable by the letter U followed by a number. It also guarantees night routes on Friday and Saturday evenings. Each line has its own timetables, in general, however, the service leaves before 6:00 in the morning and guarantees runs until after 24:00.

  • Downloadable map: unilink-bus-map
  • from 5:30 to 00:30; night lines Friday and Saturday from 22:00 to 8:00
  • Ticket / single ride cost: £ 2,00 (€ 2,20)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: 10-day ticket £ 33,00 (€ 36,20)

Bus First Group

The First Group company consists of 12 lines of buses that connect, throughout the day, various areas of the city of Southampton. It is possible to buy a book of tickets valid for one week at the cost of £ 10,00 (€ 11,00)

  • Downloadable map: cmappa-bus-firstgroup
  • by 5: 30 00 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: £ 2,00 (€ 2,20)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: booklet of 10 trips £ 15,00 (€ 16,45), weekly £ 10,00 (€ 11,00)

Bluestar bus

The Bluestar has 25 lines covering several areas of the city, they also connect the city of Southampton to nearby towns. Some lines guarantee routes only on weekends, and also in this case each line has its own timetables, but the service is always guaranteed from early morning until late evening.

  • Downloadable map: cmappa-bus-bluestar
  • by 5: 30 00 to: 30
  • Ticket / single ride cost: £ 1,80 (€ 2,00)
  • Cost of ticket booklet / season ticket: day ticket £ 3,70 (€ 4,05), 10-day ticket £ 33,00 (€ 36,20)

By car

To get around the city of Southampton by car you need to know first of all that you need to own one valid driving license in England, given the different leadership of the British compared to the Italian one. Furthermore, most of the available parking spaces are subject to charges, prices and parking times vary according to the area of ​​the city. The rental cost a car in Southampton starts at £ 38,00 per day (€ 41,60).

Be sure to follow local driving rules, including i local speed limits! If you do not respect the laws in force you could run into a fine or in much more unpleasant situations. In general, within UK cities the speed limit is 48km / h.

Stops and parking

In Southampton they are available numerous parking lots, both on road and multi-storey, both long and short term. On the main roads of the city the maximum duration is 2 hours, in others it is also 4 hours (about € 2,50 / h). Among the most comfortable multi-storey car parks there is the Eastgate MSCP (Get Directions), open 24/24 ($ 7 / hr), located on Eastgate Street. And the Marlands MSCP (Get Directions), open from early morning until midnight (around € 7 / h), is located near the Marlands Shopping Center.

Along the streets of the city remember that it is It is forbidden to park when double or single yellow lines are indicated, as a car parked in these areas could create inconvenience to traffic. The fines for offenders are really severe.

If you are planning to use a car park in central Southampton on a regular basis, you may want to purchase a pass directly to get a cheaper spot. You can find all the info on the official website of the city of Southampton dedicated exclusively to parking!

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