Southampton travel tips
The jewel of the south coast
Centuries of maritime history, striking landmarks and excellent shopping attract visitors to Southampton all year round.
Best time for Southampton
Southampton is sheltered by hills and has slightly warmer weather and more sunshine than many other parts of the UK. Visit for the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight in September or catch the Common People Festival or Soundclash in May. The annual Beer Festival is in May to June and Southampton Mela is scheduled for July. Plan a trip in August to coincide with Cowes Week, the world's oldest Regatta, or enjoy the International Boat Show in September.
Useful facts before arriving in Southampton
Southampton has a long seafaring history. Notable sights and attractions include the Sea City Museum, Southampton City Art Gallery and Tudor House. The nearest popular beaches are Calshot Beach and Solent Breezes Beach and there is easy access to the Isle of Wight and the New Forest. There are several tourist information points scattered around Southampton.
Prices in the city are about average for the UK and about 10% less than London. A basic restaurant meal costs around £12 while a pint of beer is approximately £3.
After arriving in Southampton
Trains from Southampton airport Parkway to the city centre take approximately 7 minutes and a single fare is about £4. The U1C bus service to central Southampton costs about £2.
From Southampton to Winchester by train takes 10 minutes while trains to London Waterloo take about 70 minutes.
Budget accommodation in a local bed & breakfast might cost about £20 per single room while visitors may pay about £65 per night in a hotel.
Regular local bus services cover the city centre and nearby towns. A single adult fare in the Southampton city zone is about £1.50 and a return about £2.50. A day pass is available for approximately £3.20. Night buses run in the city and throughout the county after midnight.
A free CityLink bus takes passengers from the main station to the town centre at approximately 15 minute intervals. The Isle of Wight ferry charges around £9 for a one-way foot passenger ticket.