Southampton - Essential Information
Southampton has its own international airport, serving approximately 50 destinations courtesy of around 12 airlines. It has the closest plane-to-train link of any European airport with frequent services to the city centre (8 minute journey time), London Waterloo station, Bournemouth, Oxford and the rest of the British rail network.
There are two bus services that run between the city centre and the airport. The journey time from the city centre and the airport is
approximately 30 - 40 minutes.
The Uni-Link bus service operates between the airport, Southampton city centre and waterfront. The First Group services run hourly buses between the airport and city centre.
Southampton Airport is easily accessible by car from the M27 and the M3, which is connected to the M25, so to the whole country.
There are over 200 taxi companies serving Southampton airport and the surrounding areas, many of which specialise in airport taxis and can offer great rates.
Southampton has a wealth of public transport links to help you get around the city and further afield.
Regular inter-urban services link to and from Southampton operated by First Hampshire, bluestar, Velvet, and Wilts & Dorset buses, and Uni-Link run services around the city area.
More information on public transport in and around Southampton can be found on Southampton City Council’s public transport pages including a downloadable public transport map.
Do not be alarmed if the vehicle is a regular saloon car as opposed to the classic ’black cab’ famous in London.
These, while having lots of space for legs and shopping bags, are not as numerous in Southampton as in other major British cities.
Stamps are available from post offices and newsagents. Post offices are generally open Monday-Friday 9.00-17.30. Larger post offices are open Saturdays 9.00 - 12.30.
List of local Dentists:
If you need 24 hour urgent medical care, telephone NHS Direct. They can give you free medical advice and direct you to the nearest hospital with 24 hour accident and emergency department.
Southampton is home to some of the best healthcare in the country with excellent hospitals and clinics, highly skilled staff and groundbreaking research.
Southampton City Primary Trust is the organisation responsible for ensuring you get the NHS care you need.
List of local Doctors:
All medication is readily available, either over the counter or on prescription.
Boots the Chemist have 2 stores in the city centre:
Country code: +44, Area code: 023
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