The city of Southampton is famous for its maritime past. Still a working port today, it is also a gateway to the New Forest and offers easy access to the nearby historic city of Winchester. Its railway stations ensure it is well-connected to a range of cities, towns and airports, including London and Gatwick airport. On weekdays, three trains an hour run to London Waterloo and Winchester. At least one per hour runs to other major destinations.
South West Trains provide most of the trains to Southampton, including those for London Waterloo, Portsmouth Harbour, Bournemouth and Winchester. Great Western Railway provides services from Cardiff Central and Bristol Temple Meads. Southern operates services for Brighton, Gatwick Airport and London Victoria. CrossCountry trains run from Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle.
Winchester is the closest city with a direct rail connection to Southampton. Direct trains to Southampton also run from London, Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Salisbury, Oxford, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Bristol and Cardiff. Other direct trains run from local destinations, including Romsey, Eastleigh, Chandler's Ford and Basingstoke.
Southampton's main railway stations are Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. Southampton Central is about 5 minutes walk from the Westquay shopping center and about 10 minutes walk from the city center. Southampton Airport Parkway is 4 miles from the city center by rail and road. Direct bus services connect both stations with the city center and the Town Quay, for ferry services to the Isle of Wight. Southampton St Denys serves the suburbs of St Denys and Portswood. Trains take about 6 minutes to make the journey from St Denys to Southampton Central.