Trains from Southampton Airport
If you have a flight into Southampton Airport, then the train can be a convenient and cheap way of getting to your final destination. Southampton Airport terminal is around four miles north of Southampton city centre, located within the Borough of Eastleigh. To get from the airport to Southampton, you can take a direct train from Southampton Airport Parkway. The train station is only one-minutes’ walk from Southampton Airport terminal.
From there, trains run directly to Southampton Central train station, operated by CrossCountry and South Western Railway. The journey takes only 7 to 10 minutes and trains run around every 10 to 20 minutes Monday to Saturday, and at slightly reduced times on Sunday. Southampton Airport Parkway train station connects to many major cities in England. Using trains operated by CrossCountry and South Western Railway, you can get direct trains to Winchester, Bournemouth, Reading, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, London Waterloo and other locations. This gives easy access to the entire UK mainland rail network.
Read on to learn more about buying train tickets, timetables and possible connections.
Travelling from Southampton Airport by train
With Trainline, you can book cheap train tickets from Southampton Airport Parkway train station to anywhere within mainland UK. This will save you time and money on taxis and airport parking, which is great if you’re a little short of cash after your holiday. Trainline recommends you book well in advance of your journey for the lowest fares. National Railcards can save you 1/3 off adult fares and 60% off fares for kids.
Trains operated by CrossCountry and South Western Railway also run direct to various locations across mainland UK. These include Winchester, Bournemouth, Reading, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and London Waterloo. If your flight arrives late or your train isn’t until the next day, you can stay in the nearby Premier Inn hotel, only 5 minutes’ walk from Southampton Airport.
Useful travel tips
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Things to do in Southampton
Around 10 minutes’ walk from Southampton Central train station, the SeaCity Museum details Southampton’s maritime history and the stories of those who contributed to it. Many of these people were also connected to the famous ship, the Titanic. You can find a memorial to the engineers on the Titanic in East Park, just next to the museum.
South of this park, run Southampton’s medieval city walls, dating back to the 14th century. At the west of these, one of the most striking examples of the architecture from this time is Bargate, an 800-year old crenelated gate which marks the entrance to Southampton’s city centre. Also close to Southampton are Britain’s iconic druidic monument, Stonehenge, and the unspoilt New Forest national park.