Southampton travel and transport
All UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 games in Southampton are taking place at St. Mary’s Stadium. Walking is advised with it being just a mile east of the city centre and a 15-minute stroll from the High Street.
Shuttle bus service for 15 July fixture
For the Northern Ireland vs England fixture on Friday 15 July, shuttle bus services will be in operation between the stadium and Southampton Central. Shuttle bus services will also run between the stadium and the ferry terminal. Please see below for details.
⚠️ Please don’t drive to the stadium as there is no public parking available (except if you’ve pre-booked accessible parking). It’s best to walk or use public transport.
Late trains back to London are limited. If you are travelling from London and planning to attend one of the 20:00 matches and return on the same day, you may want to consider staying overnight instead. This will mean you avoid the risk of missing the last trains out of Southampton, which leave at 23:00.
Check operators’ websites for more information.
For the Northern Ireland vs England fixture on Friday 15 July, two shuttle bus services will be in operation:
Southampton Central ↔️ stadium
🚏 Southampton Central
Pick-up / drop-off at platform 4 exit
Pick-up / drop-off on Chapel Road (5 min walk from St Mary’s Stadium)
Ferry terminal ↔️ stadium
🚏 Ferry terminal
Pick-up / drop-off at Town Quay (Red Jet ferry terminal)
Pick-up / drop-off on Chapel Road (5 min walk from St Mary’s Stadium)
• Before and after the match, starting at 17:00
• Return buses on both routes will run from Chapel Road at frequent intervals
• Last departure from Chapel Road: 30 minutes after final whistle
Tickets are available to purchase on board with cash, card or using contactless payment. No pre-booking required.
• Single: 2.50 GBP adults / 1.50 GBP children aged 5-17
• Return: 4 GBP / 2.50 GBP children aged 5-17
If you are travelling from outside Southampton, we recommend using public train and coach services to get to the city.
Southampton Central train station is well served by intercity services from London, Birmingham, Reading, Portsmouth, Bristol and many other destinations.
Southampton coach station is a five-minute walk from Southampton Central and is served by multiple coach providers from destinations across the UK.
St Mary’s Stadium is only a ten-minute stroll from Southampton city centre, and a 20-minute walk from the train station.
Walking routes are well signposted, and our friendly volunteers will be around to help with any guidance on your way to the stadium.
From Southampton Central train station take a short walk to Civic Centre bus stop and catch Bluestar routes 3, 16 or 18 or City Red route 8, to Brintons Road, which takes you to within a short walk of the stadium. The journey will take you a total of 20-25 minutes.
Paying for buses is quick and easy with fares capped at £3.50 for all-day travel. Simply tap on the card reader when boarding with a debit or credit card that allows contactless payment. Cash payments are also accepted.
For more info, visit the My Journey website.
Southampton has a large fleet of licensed taxis with stands and pick-up points located on both sides of Southampton Central station and throughout the city centre. The journey to the stadium will take about ten minutes.
Check out our dedicated guide for details on accessible travel in Southampton, including accessible shuttle bus services.
Travelling to Southampton
Southampton Airport serves around 30 destinations in Europe including France, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Spain.
Southampton Airport is only 99 steps away from Southampton Airport Parkway train station, which takes you to Southampton Central station in just 7 minutes. Alternatively, bus links operate between the airport and city centre with a journey time of around 20 minutes.
London Gatwick Airport offers direct trains to and from Southampton which take less than two hours. Trains to Southampton are available from London’s other major airports including Luton, which offers an indirect journey in around three hours.
When travelling to Southampton, it is recommended to use public transport. Costs of rail travel can vary, and pre-booking is advised. All routes, fares and ticket booking details are available on the National Rail website.
Southampton Central is the main station for services from across England. It is situated approximately 5–10 minutes’ walk from the city centre and 25 minutes’ walk from St Mary’s Stadium.
A number of operators serve the station including South Western Railway, which has direct services every 20–40 mins to London Waterloo and Southampton Airport. The direct train to London Waterloo gets you into the capital in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Southern Trains provide regular (every 30–60 mins) direct services along the south coast to Portsmouth and Brighton and also directly connect Southampton Central with Gatwick Airport.
First Great Western provide an hourly service between Cardiff and Portsmouth which travels via Southampton Central, Bath and Bristol.
Cross Country Trains operate an hourly service to Manchester which stops at Birmingham. Connecting services are available at Birmingham New Street for Derby, Sheffield, York, Newcastle, North Wales and Scotland.
Approximate journey times to and from Southampton:
• London Gatwick Airport – 1 hour 55 minutes
• London Waterloo – 1 hour 20 minutes
• Bournemouth – 30 minutes
• Brighton – 1 hour 55 minutes
• Manchester – 4 hours
• Oxford – 1 hour 20 minutes
• Portsmouth – 50 minutes
The main coach station for the area is located on Harbour Parade and coaches also pick up/drop off at St Mary’s Stadium.
Coaches to London Victoria coach station take approximately 2–3 hours depending on the time of day.
Numerous coach operators offer services to and from London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports and across the country. See individual operator websites for more information.
There are plenty of car hire options available from Southampton Airport. Parking information in Southampton, including car park locations and operating hours, can be found using the interactive map on the Southampton City Council website.
Southampton is the cruise industry capital of Europe, home to luxury liners such as the majestic Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Princess, Royal Caribbean, and Cunard cruises set off on many of their luxury world voyages from Southampton's port. St Mary’s Stadium is just over a mile, or 25-minute walk, from the Town Quay ferry terminal.
Cross-channel ferry services operate from the nearby port of Portsmouth, offering fast and regular crossings to and from France and the Channel Islands.
For more information on cruising to or from Southampton, check out Visit Southampton.
Getting around Southampton
Taking a bus in Southampton is easy with live arrivals and departures on the My Journey website and Google Maps journey planner. Both City Bus and Bluestar operators offer contactless payment using your bank card, credit card or phone. There is no need to ask the driver for a fare type to your destination, just simply tap your payment card or mobile phone on the card reader when boarding and alighting the bus, to ensure you are charged the best value fare for your journey, with a daily capped fare of £3.50 for travel within the city.
Southampton has many great walking routes, particularly in the city centre and through the main tree lined central parks. Walking to the stadium from Central station and the city centre is well signposted and accessible. Additional UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 signposting will be provided during the tournament to direct visitors from Central station and Host City Volunteers will be dotted around the city on matchdays.
Southampton has a large fleet of licensed taxis with stands and pick up points located on both sides of Southampton Central station and throughout the city centre. Multiple taxi firms operate from Southampton Airport, all offering the option to book in advance.
Southampton is piloting the use of e-scooters as a way of offering convenient, accessible travel, that takes pressure off public transport.
E-scooters are well suited to short journeys across the city. Visit the Southampton City Council website for more information about accessing them.
You’ll need to have your driver’s licence with you when you first unlock an e-scooter to verify your identity. E-scooters from Southampton Central station take approximately 11 minutes from Southampton Central station to St. Mary’s Stadium at a cost of £2–3.
Please note it’s not recommended to go to the stadium by e-scooter on matchdays due to traffic and parking access.