Doing business in Southampton

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As the 'cruise capital' of Europe, and being home to the UK's most productive container port and principal vehicle handling port, Southampton is big for business. If a meeting or conference brings you on flights to Southampton, you'll be very well catered-for - the city has a host of meeting spaces, events venues and hotels to accommodate you, your colleagues and clients, and you'll find plenty of ways to make the most of your downtime too.

Read on to find everything you need to make your trip to Southampton go smoothly, including tips on transport and planning your stay, as well as our recommended meeting and conference venues in the city to help you make the right impression.

Transport from Southampton Airport

Southampton city centre is just 4 miles from Southampton Airport, so it's very easy to get to by car and taxi and in under 15 minutes. Should you prefer to take public transport, you can be on your way to your meeting quickly after your flight to Southampton thanks to the airport's excellent transport links, which include a dedicated airport train station right outside the terminal building. For more information on getting to Southampton city centre, take a look at our Southampton Airport Arrivals page, and when you need to head back to the airport, our Getting to Southampton Airport page has all the transport details you need.

Visiting Southampton

From the very best hotels in Southampton to the most tempting restaurants for a business lunch, and not forgetting bars for those all-important post-meeting drinks, you'll find our recommendations to help you make the most of your Southampton business trip on our Visiting Southampton page.

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Conference and meeting venues

In need of a meeting space in Southampton for a small team catch-up, or a dazzling event space for your corporate conference or annual awards ceremony? This business-minded city has venues of every size and style - below is a selection of our recommended business facilities in Southampton, all within easy reach of Southampton Airport.

Flybe recommends...

Ageas Bowl

Multi-purpose contemporary venue at an iconic international cricket ground.

  • 9 meeting rooms to accommodate up to 250 delegates
  • Professional events team to manage your event
  • Over 170 bedrooms
  • Outdoor exhibition space
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • 4 miles from Southampton Airport

Blue Funnel Cruises

Private charter boat, available as a static venue in Ocean Village Marina or for a cruise around the area.

  • Excellent public transport links
  • Flexible event spaces to accommodate up to 140 people
  • Refreshment packages available
  • AV technology and display equipment available
  • Paid parking available at the marina
  • 20 minutes from Southampton Airport

Beaulieu National Motor Museum

Unique venue at one of England's top attractions in the heart of the picturesque New Forest.

  • 5 conference rooms to accommodate up to 1000 people
  • Outdoor exhibition space
  • 6 private dining rooms
  • WiFi available in Lecture Theatre
  • State-of-the-art AV equipment
  • On-site restaurant and catering
  • Free parking
  • 40 minutes from Southampton Airport

For more information on Southampton Airport and flights to Southampton with Flybe, take a look at our dedicated Southampton Airport page.