How to get to Southampton Central (SOU) Train Station

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Southampton Central station information & facilities

Distance from Southampton Central to city center
Distance from Southampton Central to city center
0.7 miles (1.2 km)
How to get to this station?
How to get to this station?
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement bus service goes from the north side (Blechynden Terrace) during engineering works. Overnight onward transport goes from the South side (West Quay side)
Amenities at station
Wifi
Wifi
ATM
ATM
Taxi
Taxi
Taxi: Yes outside Platform 4 exit
Shopping
Shopping
Dining
Dining
Car Rentals
Car Rentals
Hertz | U-Drive
Accessibility
Accessibility
Staff help available: Yes | Step free access coverage: Yes | Step free access note: Step-free category A Station - This station has step-free access to all platforms. Please be aware that this station has no tactile paving on the platform edge. | Accessible ticket machines: There are accessible ticket machines at this station | Accessible ticket machines note: All South Western Railway ticket machines are able to sell tickets with Disabled Persons Railcard discounts. All machines are accessible, however the station may not be so please check the station access note for further details | Accessible toilets: Yes | Ramp for train access: Yes | Wheelchairs available: Yes | Impaired mobility set down / pick up points available: Yes
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Travel to train station Southampton Central from the city centre

Southampton Central is the largest train station in Southampton, an English seaside city. Situated at Blechynden Terrace, the station is over a century old, having been in operations since 1895 when it was opened in the place of West End train station. ​ Today, this five platform train transportation hub is served by four major train companies, namely: South Western Railway, CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, and Southern. South Western Railway manages the station and also operates more services than the other three. Besides serving the city centre, Southampton Central is the chief commuter station for travelers from as far as Swanwick Centre, and Winchester and registers over six million passengers annually. From the station, one can depart to several stations, including London Waterloo, Portsmouth Harbor, Bournemouth, Manchester Piccadilly, and Oxford. Southampton Central isn't the only station in Hampshire, southern England. It is a fairly basic station with just a ticket office, snacks and drink shops, and restrooms. However, with the current £200 million renovations spearheaded by the Future Southampton program, this station will be bigger and better with more facilities. 

The best way to get to Southampton Central train station from the city centre

Southampton Central is a 0.6 mile (877 meters), four-minute drive from WestQuay Shopping Center. To access the station from the city centre, one should head north on Portland Terrace toward Portland Street before turning left onto Western Esplanade. From the city centre, QuayConnect shuttle service buses heading for the station leave every five minutes. It is the best way of getting to the train station Southampton Central from the city centre. Commuters from Market Street, Winchester, Swanwick Centre, Sainsbury don't have to come to WestQuay Shopping Center, because QuayConnect covers the whole region. Commuters have three other alternatives. They may catch a taxi at Southampton Common which takes about three minutes to arrive at the station. Commuters may alternatively walk, although it would take about half an hour. Bluestar shuttle services and Unilink's U1 depart from the south end of the station, taking commuters to the city centre. U1 covers the whole of the National Oceanography Centre through Southampton Airport via Highfield Campus. 

How far is it from Southampton city centre from the train station?

The distance between the train station Southampton Central and the city centre is about 0.5 miles (0.69 kilometers). However, a bus ride often takes a bit longer, covering an estimated 0.55 miles ( 0.88 kilometers) journey in a little over four minutes. The route taken by the regular circular single-decker QuayConnect buses is longer, unlike taking a walk. However, departing from Premier Inn at the city centre via the New Road on a private car or a taxi, a traveler can cover the entire 1.1 mile (1.8 kilometers) in about eight minutes. If one decides to walk, however, the most suitable route from Southampton Central into the city centre or vice versa would be via Western Esplanade and New Road. It will be a 0.7 mile (1.1 kilometers), 15-minute trek.

How accessible is Southampton central train station for those with limited mobility?

Southampton Central is a five platform station, with each of them divided into sections to eliminate confusion among commuters. It is also much closer to the nearby modern National Express coach station, unlike other English stations. Still, the entire Southampton Central is friendly to wheelchair users, with a special and accessible booking office counter, wheelchairs on standby, and a ramp for easy access to the train. Furthermore, this station has trained personnel, Impaired Access Staff, always on standby to specifically attend to the physically challenged travelers. It also has help points within the station and a special access ticket gate. Notably, South Western Railway is working hard to upgrade the station and ensure it provides a comfortable, worry-free experience to those with limited mobility. The station hasn't implemented an e-ticketing system yet, so commuters have to buy from the machine right at the entrance to the train station Southampton Central.

Local tips: the train station points of interest

Southampton is a historic city with lots of amazing sights. The city is home to many large cruise and cargo ships. If an individual has a few hours before departing, they may decide to head down to Bargate for a glimpse of the famous 14th-century medieval walls or head south for Beaulieu, the single largest automobile museum. Before going on escapades, one should be sure to buy their ticket before the train station Southampton Central offices close. From Monday through to Friday, the offices open at 5:40 a.m., on Saturdays at 6:00 a.m., and on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. Every day, they close at 8:45 pm. 

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