How to get from London to Southampton

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from London to Southampton

You can get from London to Southampton by train, bus or flight.

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To get from London to Southampton on 14 Aug we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:53London Waterloo1h41 10:34Southampton Central
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Travel Information from London to Southampton

distanceDistance69 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£19 - £45
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £19 • 1 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £45 • 1 h 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Great Western Railway

Travel 69 miles by coach, flight, ferry or train to Southampton from London. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 13 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £19. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or Great Western Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from London to Southampton.

General Information about the journey from London to Southampton

Getting from London to Southampton can be done with relative ease, with excellent and regular bus or train connections between the two cities. If you need to make the journey to this dynamic southern port city, you can depart from either Waterloo on the south bank of the River Thames, or from Victoria Coach Station, near the Houses of Parliament. There are early morning and late night departures to choose from, and hourly buses or trains every day of the week, so whenever you need to travel, there will be an option available. For those in a hurry, express train services can get you there in just over an hour.

Buses from London to Southampton

Bus services between Southampton and London are only operated by National Express. National Express offers 15 trips every day, departing from London Victoria Coach Station or Hammersmith and arriving at either Southampton University or the city's main coach station. There are early services and the final bus of the day leaves shortly before midnight. The journey takes about 2 hours 15 minutes.

Trains from London to Southampton

Catching the train is the easiest and fastest way to get between these two cities, and all services depart from London's centrally located Waterloo Station. The major operator on the route is South West Trains, who offer at least one direct train every hour, every day of the week. You can expect the journey to take around 1 hour 30 minutes if you catch the direct express, although there are slightly slower trains and it is possible to change at Basingstoke as well.

Travel Tips: Travel from London to Southampton

Travel to Southampton easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Southampton.

There are 4 travel options from London to Southampton: coach, flight, ferry or train.

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from London to Southampton, which costs on average £19.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Southampton:

A coach journey is usually £26 less than a journey to Southampton by train, which costs on average £45 for the same trip.

The fastest way from London to Southampton is by train with an average journey time of 1 h 13 min.

Other travel options between London and Southampton can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Southampton by coach can take on average 1 h 55 min.

The distance between London and Southampton is around 69 miles.

The average frequency per day from London to Southampton is:

  • 11 coaches per day.
  • Around 52 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Southampton from London as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from London to Southampton:

  • Trains mostly depart from London Victoria and arrive in Southampton Central.

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from London to Southampton:

  • You can take a coach from London to Southampton with National Express. Cheap tickets can be found for £19 with National Express from London to Southampton.
  • You can travel between London and Southampton by train with Great Western Railway. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £45 with Great Western Railway from London to Southampton.

Yes, there are direct services available between London and Southampton with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find 9 direct coaches per day with National Express.
  • You can travel directly by train with South Western Railway with 35 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Southampton as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Southampton from London.

Looking to extend your trip from London to Southampton? Many Omio customers who go from London to Southampton usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Bournemouth, Manchester or Glasgow. If you're looking to explore Bournemouth, Manchester or Glasgow from Southampton, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When planning your trip between London and Southampton, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing £19 one way on average.
  • Train tickets cost on average £45 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from London to Southampton online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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