Southampton Airport Car Rental

Southampton Airport Basics.....

The Southampton Airport is located just a few minutes Northeast of the city center of Southampton itself.  With 48 European destinations, the airport has become pretty busy over the last few years.  In fact over 2 million folks use the airport annually, with the largest international destinations being Dublin and Amsterdam.  Numbers at the airport are actually on the rise.
Southampton Airport, early morning - - 907291

Southampton Airport Car Rental.....

Car rental companies are situated in a car rental building immediately next to the terminal.  As you exit the terminal, you will see the car rental building right in front of you, next to the short stay car park.  Car Rental companies situated at the Southampton Airport include Enterprise, Alamo, National, Hertz, Avis and Europcar.  Car hire companies are located in the dedicated car rental building, across the road from the terminal.

To get to Southampton from the airport, you will simply exit out of the car rental building and take a left towards Southampton and out of the airport area.  Go straight thru an immediate traffic circle and onto the second traffic circle.  Go straight thru it as well, and underneath an overpass (M27).  You will drive for about 1 km thru a residential area until you approach the A27 traffic circle, you will take the 2nd exit on it.  Continue as you pass underneath a bridge and veer left, staying on Wide Lane.  At the fork, stay left for about 3.7 km into the heart of Southampton. 

When returning your rental vehicle back to the Southampton Airport, you will want to re-fuel near the airport if possible.  There is a nice little petrol station fairly close to the airport.  A Shell Service Station can be found on the left-hand side of the road traveling back according to the above route (reversed going back to the airport).  The service station is about halfway in between the city center of Southampton and the airport.  When traveling back on Thomas Lewis Way (A335), you will go underneath an overpass, and the Shell Station will soon follow.
Roundabout leading to Mitchell Way, Eastleigh - - 501082

Hotels Near the Southampton Airport.....

A Premier Inn sits near the second traffic circle mentioned above as you exit the airport.  Prices can be very reasonable for a hotel that sits this close to the airport.  As the hotel is fairly new, you can expect a pretty clean room and prompt service.  Parking is free, but if you're without a rental car, you can walk to and from the airport within 5-10 minutes.

The restaurant at the hotel - called The Thyme - is also very good.  There are lots of choices for dinner, including steaks, fish, or a classic burger.  The restaurant is clean and the tables are well-spaced as to allow for some privacy.  All in all, this is one of the better choices close to the airport. 
Southampton Premier Inn Restaurant


Car Rental Options at the Southampton Airport.....
Prices for rental cars at the Southampton Airport are in line with what you would expect.  You might pay slightly more than you would at Gatwick or Heathrow, but the difference is negligible.  The types of vehicles available include the regular types that you would expect, but also some other, more exciting options as well.  Economy cars, compact cars, intermediate Toyotas, station-wagons, minivans and fulls-size vehicles are all generally available.  Occasionally, you can pick up an SUV or luxury vehicle, but not always - as they sometimes run out of stock.

Besides being able to hire a car out of the Southampton Airport, there is a rental car option at the City Cruise Terminal Herbert Walker Avenue in Southampton.  The car rental location is situated near the Solent.

Finally, we want to thank you for visiting our site.  We hope you learned something and would like for you to come back anytime!
Source: Southampton Airport Homepage

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