How to travel from London to Southampton

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Travel Information between London and Southampton

distanceDistance69 miles (111 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$10 - $23
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $10 (€8) • 2 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $23 (€20) • 1 h 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or South Western Railway

Take a train or bus to travel 69 miles (111 km) to Southampton from London. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or South Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from London to Southampton.

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from London to Southampton

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

Our recommendation
bus

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

National Express
10:00AM2h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:35PMSouthampton, Coach Station
$191One-way
0 transfers
Cheapest
National Express
10:00AM2h35
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:35PMSouthampton, Coach Station
$191One-way
0 transfers
Fastest
South Western Railway
08:35AM1h16
London Waterloo (WAT)
09:51AMSouthampton Central (SOU)
$711One-way
0 transfers
Other options
South Western Railway
09:05AM1h17
London Waterloo (WAT)
10:22AMSouthampton Central (SOU)
$411One-way
0 transfers
South Western Railway
09:09AM2h03
London Waterloo (WAT)
11:12AMSouthampton Central (SOU)
$411One-way
1 transfer
South Western Railway
08:05AM1h17
London Waterloo (WAT)
09:22AMSouthampton Central (SOU)
$711One-way
0 transfers
National Express
08:30AM2h00
London, Victoria Coach Station
10:30AMSouthampton, University
$191One-way
0 transfers
National Express
11:30AM2h15
London, Victoria Coach Station
01:45PMSouthampton, University
$191One-way
0 transfers
National Express
08:30AM2h20
London, Victoria Coach Station
10:50AMSouthampton, Coach Station
$191One-way
0 transfers

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Travel from London to Southampton: General Information

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.

How to get from London to Southampton

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from London to Southampton, 56,46% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from London to Southampton and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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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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Easyjet
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SNCF

All travel companies: Train and Bus from London to Southampton

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

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next travel to Southampton from London you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

    National Express is the UK’s leading long-distance travel company operating over 550 travel per day and serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express also operates travel services to all major UK airports, such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol, 24 hours a day. All National Express travel have air conditioning and provide free WiFi access along with onboard entertainment. Most travel come with seat belts and power outlets at every seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. For your travel from London to Southampton, you can select from three ticket fares: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare.

      FAQs: Travel from 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 ways to get from London to Southampton: train or bus.

      The cheapest way to travel between London and Southampton is a bus with an average price of $10 (€8).

      This is compared to other travel options from London to Southampton:

      Taking a bus costs $14 (€12) less than taking a train, which costs on average $23 (€20) for the same trip.

      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:

      Getting to Southampton by bus takes 2 h on average.

      The London to Southampton distance is around 69 miles (111 km).

      The average frequency per day from London to Southampton is:

      • 14 buses a day.
      • 51 trains a day.

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

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

      • Buses mostly leave from London, Victoria Coach Station and tend to arrive in Southampton Airport Parkway.
      • Trains mostly leave from London Waterloo and tend to arrive in Southampton Central.

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

      • You can go to Southampton from London by bus with National Express, Megabus or Bus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $10 (€8) with National Express from London to Southampton on Omio.
      • You can go to Southampton from London by train with South Western Railway, Southern, CrossCountry, Great Western Rail or Tfl Rail. You'll see cheap train tickets for $23 (€20) with South Western Railway from London to Southampton on Omio.

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

      • Direct buses with National Express with 14 direct buses per day.
      • Direct trains with South Western Railway with 34 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 transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between London and Southampton.

      Many of our customers traveling from London to Southampton don't make Southampton their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Southampton are Manchester, Edinburgh, London Gatwick Airport or Longford, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Southampton to any of these top destinations today!
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