How to travel 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 Sep 30 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Southampton from London

distanceDistance69 miles (111 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range$22 - $28
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $22 (€21) • 1 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $28 (€26) • 1 h 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or South Western Railway

Take a bus, flight, ferry or train to travel 69 miles (111 km) 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 bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $22 (€21). The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are National Express or South Western Railway among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from London to Southampton.

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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You can travel between London and Southampton 4 different ways: bus, flight, ferry or train.

The cheapest way to get from London to Southampton is by taking a bus. You can find average ticket prices around $22 (€21) compared to other travel options to Southampton:

A bus is generally $5 (€5) less than a train for the same route. Taking a train costs on average $28 (€26) from London to Southampton.

The quickest way to travel from London to Southampton is by train, which takes on average 1 h 13 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, going by bus can take 1 h 55 min   on average.

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

The average frequency per day from London to Southampton is:

  • 10 buses per day.
  • 38 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between London and Southampton as scheduled services by bus, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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

  • Most travelers take a train from London Victoria to Southampton Central.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Southampton, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can take you to Southampton by bus. If searching for a good deal on buses, you can find tickets for National Express from London to Southampton for $22 (€21).
  • South Western Railway can take you to Southampton by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for South Western Railway from London to Southampton for $28 (€26).

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

  • You can take a direct bus with National Express with 8 direct buses per day.
  • You can find around 32 direct trains per day and travel 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 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 Bournemouth, Manchester or Glasgow, 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!

Before traveling from London to Southampton, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket is costing on average $22 (€21) one way for this journey.
  • A train ticket is costing on average $28 (€26) one way for this trip.

But we recommend booking London to Southampton tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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