In addition to being known as the cruise capital of Europe, Southampton offers a wealth of cultural activities to the four million visitors who come to the city each year. From a fine selection of museums and art galleries to a variety of theatres, Southampton never fails to entertain.
Southampton International Airport is located approximately 6 kilometres from the city centre. The airport is a hub for Flybe and mainly operates domestic flights and services to mainland Europe. Public transport options to the city are plentiful, with the airport boasting its own railway station and offering regular services to Southampton Central. There are two bus services in operation between the city and the airport, operated by First Group and Bluestar respectively.
Southampton Central is the main train station services the area and can be found on the Wessex Main Line. In addition to London Waterloo and London Victoria, the station services other major destinations such as Cardiff, Bristol and Bournemouth. As the station is a little way out of the city centre, a regular free shuttle service is in operation.
National Express offer regular daily bus services to Southampton from many major cities across the country, such as London, Birmingham and Bristol. These services terminate at the coach station in Southampton city centre.
First Southampton and Bluestar are the main public transport providers in the city. In addition to regular paid routes, a free bus service run by Bluestar links the train station with the Red Funnel ferry terminal. With major road links such as the M3 and M27 nearby, the city is easily accessible by car and there are a number of car parks within the city centre.