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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). Boking in advance can save you up to 43%. You can book your ticket online. The price is £3.40 for one way. www.thetrainline.com There are two bus services that operates 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. www.unilinkbus.co.uk The First Group run hourly buses between the airport and city centre. www.firstgroup.com 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. The average price from the airport to the city centre is about £16 - £17, can be less if pre-booked.
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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 Group www.firstgroup.com Price: one adult £4.20 for one day ticket (Unlimited travel on First buses within Southampton City for one day) Bluestar www.bluestarbus.co.uk Velvet www.velvetbus.co.uk Wilts & Dorset buses www.morebus.co.uk Uni-Link www.unilinkbus.co.uk Price: one adult £2 for a single ticket. Buy from the driver.
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There are direct local rail services that run from Southampton Central to Totton, Romsey, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh and Southampton Airport. You can also catch the train from 7 local stations (Redbridge, Millbrook, Swaythling, St. Denys, Bitterne, Woolston and Sholing) to Southampton Central or other destinations.
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There are two ferry services to the Isle of Wight leaving from Town Quay. (Red Funnel and The Hythe Ferry) Red Funnel has two services to the Isle of Wight. The Red Jet is a high speed service which carries foot passengers between Town Quay and West Cowes. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. Then there is the Vehicle Ferry between Town Quay and East Cowes which you can take if you are travelling with a bicycle. Journey time is approximately 55-60 minutes. www.redfunnel.co.uk +44 844 844 9988 The Hythe Ferry travels between Town Quay and Hythe Pier carrying foot passengers and cyclists. The journey time is approximately 10-15 minutes. www.hytheferry.co.uk +44 23 8084 0722
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There are several taxi companies serving Southampton and the surrounding areas. Star Taxis - Southampton +44 744 332 2004 www.startaxiuk.co.uk Radio Taxis House +44 23 80 666 666 www.radiotaxis-southampton.ltd.uk Nick Rumsey Taxi Service +44 7870 198968 www.nickrumseytaxiservice.co.uk This small taxi company service clients throughout Southampton. Specialising in long distance travel, wheelchair accessible and six seats vehicle is available.
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Stamps are available from post offices and newsagents. Post offices are generally open Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm. Larger post offices are open Saturdays 9am - 12.30pm.
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All medication is readily available, either over the counter or on prescription. Boots the Chemist have 2 stores in the city centre: WestQuay Retail Park Open 8.30am - 8pm Monday - Friday (7.30pm Thursdays) 8am - 6pm Saturday and 11am - 5pm Sunday 19 - 29 Above Bar Street Open Open 8.30am - 6.15pm Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm Sunday
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Country code: +44 Area code: 023
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230/240V AC, 50Hz. Plugs have three square pins.
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