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Car hire at Southampton Airport

Car hire at Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport (SOU) is the best place to fly into if you want to explore the UK's beautiful south-east coast and naval history. The airport is close to both the M27 and M3 motorways, meaning you can be exploring this wonderful part of the UK within minutes of landing at the airport.

What I need to know

Every day, thousands of domestic and international flight passengers travel through the airport, which makes Southampton Airport car hire extremely competitive. At Holiday Autos, we can compare car hire deals from more than 1,500 suppliers for you to find the best deal for your needs.

Where to pick up my car

The Southampton Airport Car Rental Reception Centre is located just across from the arrivals terminal, close to the short-stay car park. There are plenty of signposts to help you find your way, and remember that our customer support team are there for you 24 hours a day should you encounter any problems.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
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Where to go

Southampton Airport is very close to the coast, as well as the historic port of Portsmouth, so there's plenty to explore by the sea. Alternatively, the city of Winchester is just a short drive away, while London can be reached in less than two hours.

Nearby Southampton Airport

Portsmouth, home of HMS Victory and the Marie Rose, is just a 20-minute drive from Southampton Airport. Meanwhile Winchester with its historic castle and fun wildlife park is only a 15-minute car journey away, as is the rural beauty of the New Forest National Park.

Longer drives

Brighton is one of England's most famous seaside resorts thanks to its distinctive Royal Pavilion and Victorian pier. It can be reached from Southampton Airport in an hour and 40 minutes, making it perfect for a day trip. London is a similar distance away by car, with its key attractions including Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Eating and drinking

It's a well-known fact in Britain that if you're by the sea, you have to eat fish and chips out in the open, as they simply taste so much nicer by the coast. If the weather is too bad to allow this, there are plenty of traditional pubs and restaurants serving international cuisine in the local area.

Things to do

Solent Sky is a fascinating attraction to visit in Southampton; it's a collection of 18 magnificent aircraft, including jet fighters and the iconic warplane the Spitfire. Southampton City Art Gallery is also worth a wander around, housing art dating from the Renaissance period through to the present day.


HMS Victory, the ship that transported British troops to victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, is one of the most popular local tourist attractions. It is moored in Portsmouth, with regular guided tours available. Nearby observation point Spinnaker Tower offers stunning views across Portsmouth, Southampton and beyond.


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