Getting Around

On Foot

Southampton is an accessible city for pedestrians, with the majority of it being flat, particularly around the city centre. Download the walking map and plan your walk around the city.

There are various suggested walking routes and maps available to download from My Journey Southampton. Here, you can also find details of the public rights of way and various walking groups that take place in and around the city.

Look out for the GO! Southampton Rangers who welcome visitors at Southampton Central railway station and from the shuttle busses that go from the cruise terminals. They are on hand to offer directions and hand out maps plus to answer any questions you have about the city.

By Bike

Southampton is a bike-friendly city with plenty on offer for cyclists.

If you don’t have your own bike here, consider using YoBike, a large-scale dockless bike-sharing system and offers riders a seamless, hassle-free experience. By using a mobile app, riders can find and unlock YoBikes at parking spots around the city and ride them for just £1 per hour. YoBike now has more than 25,000 registered users using a fleet of 1,000 bikes.

Road bikes can be hired from Cycle World Bike Shop for those looking to explore the Southampton area by bike.

Find out more about cycle routes, bike doctor repairs and servicing as well as bike training courses on the My Journey Southampton website.

By Bus

Travelling to and around Southampton by bus is a breeze. All towns and suburbs are connected to the city centre via the main bus operators:

First (City Reds)

Bluestar

Unilink

Xelabus

Wheeler’s Travel

Salisbury Reds - a service between Salisbury and Southampton.

Quayconnect- The Quayconnect bus service operates every 30 minutes (every 15 minutes during the evening commuter hours) between Southampton's Central railway station (South Side) and Red Funnel's ferry terminals at Town Quay via the WestQuay shopping centre and Asda/The Marlands. The journey time (Southampton Central <> Town Quay ferry terminals) is approximately 7 minutes.

Details of all bus services above can be found at the My Journey website, a one-stop-shop for travel needs.

By Taxi

There are taxi ranks located at Southampton Central railway station, Southampton Airport Parkway station, near Westquay Shopping Centre and the High Street.

Some local taxi companies include:

West Quay Cars, call 02380 999999

Radio Taxis, call 02380 666 666

Cab My Ride, call 02380 55 55 55

Go-Mobility (specialises in disabled requirements), call 02380 006090.

      Uber is also available in Southampton.

      By Car

      Southampton is very accessible by road, with major links in from the M3 and M27 motorways.

      If you don’t have access to your own vehicle, there is a pay as you go motoring scheme with the City Car Club, allowing members to only pay for the time they need.

      For visitors with disabilities, the Shopmobility scheme in Castle Way can provide battery-operated wheelchairs/scooters, or manual wheelchairs to anyone with limited mobility. Equally, a Shopmobility service operates from WestQuay Shopping Centre.

      Car Parking

      Southampton has 42 car parks, including surface car parks around the city centre and covered car parks within the city's main shopping area such as WestQuay shopping centre’s facility of 4,000 parking spaces, Western Esplanade's two car park areas and The Marlands shopping centre.

      There may be height, weight or length of stay restrictions and differing parking charges.

      The Southampton City Council Interactive City Parking map has detailed information on each of the car parks including postcode, opening times and charges as well as information about on-street parking across the city.

      In addition to this, there is a multi-storey and plenty of surface car parks at Ocean Village Marina, owned by MDL.

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