Southampton has good transport links with the rest of the country. The M27 motorway runs just to the north of the city. The M3 motorway links the city to London and the M271 motorway links the M27 with the Western Docks and city centre.
Southampton is served by a rail network used both by freight services and passenger services as part of the national rail system.
The main station in the city is Southampton Central. Local train services operate in the city with stations at Swaythling, St Denys, Millbrook, Redbridge, Bitterne, Sholing and Woolston.
Many of the world’s largest cruise ships can regularly be seen in Southampton water.
At certain times of the year, the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria may all visit Southampton at the same time, in an event commonly called ‘Arrival of the Three Queens’.
Both bus networks in Southampton are privately funded. The University of Southampton commissions the first to provide transport from the university to the town. Another runs between the central station to Red Funnel’s port.