How to get here

Travelling to Southampton couldn’t be easier. We have excellent links from Europe and throughout the UK by air, land and sea. if you are planning an event or conference in Southampton City, we can help plan travel routes and accommodation for delegates.

Check our venue listings for information on distances by road, rail and air.

By Air

Southampton International Airport is one of the leading airports in central-southern England, serving many UK and Europe destinations, with onward connections worldwide. The airports’ one terminal, sees over 1 million passengers a year flying to 33 destinations. It is located on the outskirts of the city with easy access from the M27 and M3, as well as to Southampton Airport Parkway train station. Travelling to Southampton by air from domestic or international locations is a breeze.


By Rail

Southampton Central rail station is served by direct trains to and from many cities across the country, including London, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Leeds, Brighton and Manchester. London Waterloo is a 1 hour 20 minutes journey to Southampton Central, passing Southampton Airport Parkway on the way and the local rail network services many suburbs and towns on the periphery of the city. Take the train west, toward Brockenhurst and Bournemouth or east towards Portsmouth.


By Ferry

There are two Red Funnel ferry services to and from the Isle of Wight departing from Town Quay; a high speed service for foot passengers and a ferry for vehicles, cyclists and foot passengers.


A half hourly foot passengers and cyclists service to Hythe also leaves from Town Quay.

Cross channel ferry services, Brittany Ferries and LD Lines, operate from the nearby port of Portsmouth, offering fast and regular crossings from France and the Channel Islands.

Southampton is the cruise industry capital of Europe, with ships from P&O, Princess and Cunard cruises setting off on their luxury world voyages from Southampton’s port.

By Road

Southampton is approximately 79 miles from Central London. From the North, London and the Home Counties, the M3, M27 and A34 provide fast, direct road links into the city centre. The A36 is the major route from the West Country, Bristol and Wales. From the East, follow the A27/M27 and depart at Junction 8.

National Express coaches pick up at Southampton Cruise Terminal, the University of Southampton and the main coach station at Western Esplanade. Coaches travel to and from various destinations all over the country including many major airports and London.