Sleeping in Airports

Southampton Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Southampton Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

If you’re waiting for a ferry early in the morning and are thinking of spending the night at the (rather small) airport, forget it. – Anon

SOU Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Southampton Airport.

What to Expect

southampton airport guideSouthampton Airport (code: SOU) has a small terminal that handles a variety of European routes. Facilities are limited to two eateries, a cafe, a duty-free shop, and a newsstand. WiFi is free for four hours. Economy class passengers can pay to enter an airport lounge. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and access information.

Where to Sleep

It seems that this airport closes nightly, so overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, a hotel is located on airport grounds. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Southampton Airport Guide.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Southampton Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Premier Inn Southampton Airport Hotel – (3 minute walk from the terminal) Located next to the airport.  » Check Rates
  • Ellington Lodge at the Concorde Club – (8 minute drive from the terminal) No airport shuttle.  » Check Rates
  • Travelodge Eastleigh Central – (8 minute drive from the terminal) No airport shuttle. There is a train station nearby the hotel which connects you to the airport. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Southampton Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Passes  Breeze Priority Lounge – Location: airside, in the Departure Lounge on the 1st Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Southampton Airport for 4 hours. Connect to the “Free SOU Airport” network. Beyond that time you can purchase more time for £3 (1 hour) • £5 (3 hours) • £9 (24 hours). There are also Internet-connected PCs available Landside and Airside.

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Some machines dispense euros. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations:
» Landside: Main Concourse, next to the Moneycorp bureau de change • Next to the help desk.
» Airside: Lower Level of the Departure lounge, next to WDF.

Baggage Trolleys – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage trolleys are available free of charge.

Currency Exchange – Location: Landside, Moneycorp bureau de change, Main concourse, next to WHSmith. Hours: 5:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon-Sat) • 6:30AM – 7:00PM (Sun).

Drinking Water – Thirsty? Drinking water fountains are available free of charge to refill your personal water bottles. Location: Ground Floor, Departures Hall.

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available as well as a WH Smith.  Shops open at 5:00AM except Sundays when they open at 6:00AM.

Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate on varying schedules. At the time of this update, there are no 24-hour dining options. Most restaurants are open as early as 5:00AM (6:00AM on Sundays). Dining options include: The Globe Bar & kitchen (Landside, Main Terminal) • The Olive Tree (Departure Hall) • Costa Coffee (Main Terminal and Departure Hall).

Information Desk – Have any questions? There is a “Help Point” available in the main concourse, between Arrivals and Departures which can give you information about flight schedules, directions and airport facilities. The airport also has ambassadors available to assist.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Store your bags securely at the airport’s Left Luggage Desk. Location: Main Terminal, Landside, near Check-in Desks. Rates: £6.00/bag/day.

Medical Services – If you feel unwell or injure yourself, first aid services are available from qualified first aiders. Reach out to a staff member if you need help.

Mobile Charging – If you need to recharge or power your electronics, there are a few locations that provide free power sockets. Locations: at the desks in the departure lounge, The Globe and The Olive Tree also have power sockets for your convenience.

Post Office – Drop off your last minute postcards to friends and family from airport’s mailbox. Location: Landside, outside airport terminal, near the short term car park. Note: Stamps are available at WHSmith.

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Not available.

Smoking Areas – There is a designated smoking area located outside on the central forecourt. Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the terminal, both before and after security.

Viewing Areas – If you want to watch the aircraft, there is a viewing area on the upper level of the departure lounge in Costa Coffee that overlooks the runway.

Airport Hours

While it appears that this airport closes at night, as of this update, we were unable to confirm airport hours of operation.  If you know the airport hours, click here to update this airport guide.


Southampton airport is served by the following airlines: Aurigny • Aer LingusEasyJet • KLM • Lolo • TUIFly • Volotea.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


A few local and regional bus lines serve Southampton airport. Uni-link buses link the airport to the city center through bus lines U1C (going from airport to city) and U1A (going from city to airport).

Car Rentals

These car rental agencies offer service onsite: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • National.


Metered taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area. If you wish, you can pay for your journey before boarding a taxi if you stop at the Checker Cars taxi booth in the Arrivals Hall.


Connected to the airport by footbridge, Southampton Airport Parkway Station offers speedy train service connections to Southampton city center, London Waterloo, Reading, Winchester, and more.

Last updated: 2021-10-20

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.