How to get to Southampton from London

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from London to Southampton

How to get to Southampton from London by train, bus, flight or ferry.

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The best way to travel from London to Southampton is by taking a coach because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

National Express
10:002h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:35Southampton, Coach Station
£151One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
National Express
10:002h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:35Southampton, Coach Station
£151One-way
0 changes
Fastest
South Western Railway
08:351h15
London Waterloo (WAT)
09:50Southampton Central (SOU)
£541One-way
0 changes
Other options
South Western Railway
12:051h17
London Waterloo (WAT)
13:22Southampton Central (SOU)
£271One-way
0 changes
South Western Railway
11:351h16
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:51Southampton Central (SOU)
£311One-way
0 changes
South Western Railway
11:051h16
London Waterloo (WAT)
12:21Southampton Central (SOU)
£311One-way
0 changes
National Express
08:302h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
10:30Southampton, University
£151One-way
0 changes
National Express
11:302h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
13:45Southampton, University
£151One-way
0 changes
National Express
08:302h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
10:50Southampton, Coach Station
£151One-way
0 changes

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Travel Information from London to Southampton

distanceDistance69 miles
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or coach
priceTicket price range£13 - £18
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £13 • 2 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £18 • 1 h 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or South Western Railway

Take a train or coach to travel 69 miles between London and Southampton. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express or South 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.

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All travel companies: Train and Coach Companies from London to Southampton

Travel on Southern, CrossCountry and National Express travel to Southampton from London at great prices. Omio finds you travel times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies all in one place.

Southern Rail is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates a wide range of services, from high-speed intercity trains to local commuter services. Its trains include the InterCity 125, InterCity 225, and Class 444 and 450. It also offers a variety of ticket types, such as Advance, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for Southern Rail are London to Brighton, London to Southampton, and London to Portsmouth.

    National Express is the leading travel operator for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 travel a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveller in mind. All National Express travel are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most travel are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the London - Southampton travel: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

      FAQs: London to Southampton

      FAQs: 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.
      FAQs

      There are 2 travel options from London to Southampton: train or coach.

      The cheapest way to go to Southampton from London is by taking a coach, which costs on average £13.

      This is compared to other ways of getting from London to Southampton:

      A coach is £5 less than a train with an average ticket price of £18 from London to Southampton.

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

      Other travel options to Southampton take longer:

      Coach takes 2 h on average.

      Southampton is approximately 69 miles away from London.

      The average frequency per day from London to Southampton is:

      • 14 coaches per day.
      • Around 51 trains per day.

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

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

      • Coaches mostly depart from London, Victoria Coach Station and arrive in Southampton Airport Parkway.
      • Trains from London to Southampton most often leave from London Euston and arrive in Southampton Central.

      The following travel companies offer services from London to Southampton:

      • Travel with National Express, Megabus or Bus to go to Southampton by coach. For a good deal on tickets, you can find National Express London to Southampton tickets on Omio for £13.
      • Travel with South Western Railway, Southern, CrossCountry, Great Western Rail or Tfl Rail for trains to Southampton. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for South Western Railway London to Southampton tickets on Omio for £18.

      Yes, there are direct services available from London to Southampton with the following travel companies:

      • Direct coaches with National Express with 14 direct coaches per day.
      • 34 direct trains per day with South Western Railway.

      Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Southampton as you won't need to transfer at another stop 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 Manchester, Edinburgh, London Gatwick Airport or Longford. If you're looking to explore Manchester, Edinburgh, London Gatwick Airport or Longford from Southampton, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

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