|Distance||113 miles (183 km)|
|Train companies||Great Western Railway, South Western Railway or Cross Country|
Trains from London to Dorchester cover the 113 miles (183 km) long journey with our travel partners like Great Western Railway, South Western Railway or Cross Country. There are direct train services available. Travelers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Dorchester South.
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South Western Railway is a train operating company in the United Kingdom, providing services in the south and south-west of England. It operates a variety of train types, including high-speed trains, local stopping services, and suburban commuter trains. It also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Super Off-Peak tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for South Western Railway include London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour, London Waterloo to Weymouth, and London Waterloo to Bournemouth.
The county town of Dorset was the model for Casterbridge in Thomas Hardy's novel, and is a popular base for vacations in the English south-west. Visitors can take direct trains from London Waterloo to Dorchester, with a journey time of around two hours and 30 minutes. There is a frequent service on weekdays, with departures from early morning to late evening. Additional indirect connections from London Paddington operate on Sundays.
South Western Railway operates all direct London to Dorchester South train services from Waterloo Station. On Sundays, additional indirect connections are available from London Paddington Station to Dorchester West, using Great Western Railway services and changing trains once en route, at Westbury, Bath Spa or Castle Cary.
The fastest London to Dorchester train connection is a South Western Railway departure from London Waterloo, taking two hours and 29 minutes to complete the 128 mile route south-west to the Dorset town. Most direct trains take up to 15 minutes longer. Indirect Great Western Railway services from Paddington to Dorchester West take between two hours and 36 minutes and an hour longer.
Weekday London to Dorchester train timetables from South West Railway offer trains every half hour from Waterloo to Dorchester South. Schedules begin at 6:30 a.m. and continue until late evening. Sunday services begin a little later with hourly direct trains until just after 10:00 p.m. On Sundays there are three indirect trains from London Paddington to Dorchester West, requiring one change in transit.
Departure train station: London Waterloo Station is on the south side of the city center, with its own bus interchange and Underground trains on four lines. Paddington station is situated west of central London, with buses from Praed Street and Underground connections on five lines. Both stations have food stores, coffee shops, news vendors and taxi stands.
Arrival train station: Dorchester South Station is located on the south side of the town center. Dorchester West Station is five minutes walk to the west. Both stations are served by local buses stopping on Weymouth Avenue. Station facilities include restrooms and taxi stands.
When departing from London, you have various train station options to start your route from including London Victoria, London St Pancras International and London Euston. When arriving in Dorchester, you can end your route in train stations like Dorchester South and Dorchester West.
Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 1.8 miles (2.9 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Dorchester South, located 1 mile (1.6 km) away from the city centre.
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