About Southampton Airport (SOU)
Address: Car Rental Building Southampton Int.airport, Wide Lane, Southampton Airport, Southampton, So18 2nl
Southampton Airport (SOU) is located in Southampton, Hampshire in the United Kingdom. It provides flights to and from domestic UK destinations as well as European airports mainly for the low cost tourist, although business people may use it for it’s convenience.
If you’re thinking of stopping by, the city is a popular stop for visitors for its nightlife and history, being the port that the Titanic sailed from. It is approximately 6.5 km (4.0 miles) of central Southampton. You'll find plenty of options for a car hire here, and the area lets you conveniently explore the southern extent of England, as well as Wales, when you rent a car from a rental car company at Southampton Airport. From your home base here, you can travel onward to London or Portsmouth, or remain in town until you take a cruise from this major coastal city.
When you're at Southampton Airport and you've picked up your luggage, it's time to head to the car rental center for your airport car rental. Many of the rental cars are available within the terminal, but some companies do require that you travel on a free shuttle bus to get to their car rental facilities.
After you've picked up your car, maybe it's time to explore central Southampton, which will take you approximately 20 minutes to get to from the airport. A variety of the things to do in the area relate to its maritime history, such as going to the SeaCity Museum, which has a model of the Titanic, the infamous ship that sank after sailing from Southampton's port. You can also use your rental car to travel to places such as the Tudor House and Garden or St. Mary's Stadium.
If you’re going further afield, the road system is good and networks well into the South of England and beyond.
Choosing your car
You'll find plenty of options for Southampton Airport (SOU) airport car rentals located both in the terminal and near the airport. Our comprehensive search helps you find the best deal on any size car you're looking for, and we have some of the best deals on Southampton airport car rentals. We also survey previous customers on their experiences to help you make the most informed decision. Choose from rental car companies such as Alamo and EuropCar. You have a range in car sizes to pick from as well, from the economically friendly compact Ford to a Volkswagen minivan.
Tips and advice for renting a car at Southampton Airport
In England, drivers drive on the left side of the road, rather than on the right side of the road as in much of Europe.
If you don't know how to drive a manual or car with a standard transmission, make sure that you request an automatic transmission, so you're not learning to drive a new type of car on busy streets.
At pedestrian crossings, also known as zebras, you must stop for any pedestrian that steps off the curb into the crossing zone and remain stopped for them until they step back on the sidewalk.
Speed cameras are set up in many areas across England, so be prepared anytime you see a sign announcing a speed camera and always obey posted speed limits.
In many areas around England, hedgerows are used in place of fences and can be difficult to see around, so drive around curves cautiously.
Cars may often park on either side of the road and may face oncoming traffic. Follow this pattern carefully as it may be confusing when you go to exit the parking space.