Southampton Airport car hire

Hire a car from Southampton Airport

Southampton airport is just four miles from Southampton with over 1 million passengers flying to over 30 destinations every year.

By car - Southampton airport is only four miles from Southampton, 20 miles from Portsmouth and 11 miles from Winchester. The airport is less than a mile from Junction 5 of the M27 motorway. The M3 is only a mile away, providing fast routes to Basingstoke and London with the A33/A34 linking to Oxford and the Midlands.

Airport facilities - Bureau de change, cash dispenser, payphones located throughout, conference centre for hire, Lost Luggage, baby care room, induction loops, unisex accessible toilets, viewing gallery, WH Smith, World Duty Free, licenced bar, pub food, snacks, pastries and coffee shop.

Hotels - for convenience before an early flight or after a late return flight why not stay at the Holiday Inn Southampton Eastleigh. It is located just over two miles away from Southampton airport.

Southampton Airport car rental information

There are 7 car hire providers at Southampton airport to choose from, providing most model types, from small utility cars to large family saloons and people carriers. You will find the rental desks opposite the terminal building in the purpose-built Car Rental Reception Centre near to the short stay car park.

You can also request any special model requirements, such as 7 or 9-seat people carriers, which may be available in advance only. If you need child seats or satellite navigation equipment you will need to specify in advance.

It is always best to book in advance, not only to try and secure the model variant you require, but it also provides an opportunity to avail of special deals and budget rentals that you might not otherwise be able to avail of on the day.

However you book your UK car rental, whether in advance or on demand at the airport, remember to bring ID, driver’s licence and credit/card with you. And when your paperwork is complete, check it carefully to ensure there are no unexpected conditions or ambiguities affecting the final cost of your rental. In certain cases, the airport surcharge fee that rental companies have to pay may be added separately, and there will be statutory insurance charges applied for young drivers. Check anything you are not sure about with your rental representative.

Always check the car for any previous renter damage before you drive away. If you don’t report any findings to the rental representative, you might be charged at the end of your rental for damage someone else did prior to your rental. And don’t forget to familiarise yourself with the vehicle if it is a different make to your own, more so if you are coming from a country that drives on the right.

Although fuel is vended by the litre in the UK (make sure you know where the filler cap release button is!), both travel speed and mileage is measured by the mile. Speed limits through urban areas is 30mph, on rural roads 60mph, and on motorways, 70mph.