Surrey is one of the UK's most striking counties, mixing gorgeous nature with authentic history and traditional architecture. A well-to-do part of England, Surrey is superb for getting some retail therapy, with towns like Guildford and Woking boasting lively shopping centres and high streets.
Other major calling points include Runnymede, a beautiful town that's close to Thorpe Park, and Leatherhead, with swathes of parkland to walk through. The county has long been famous as a place where Londoners and other city dwellers escape to the peace of rural England.
There are plenty of services from London to Surrey as well as from other areas of the country. From Bath, it takes 2 hours to reach Guildford (Surrey’s largest town), while Oxford is just over one hour away by train. No matter you’re based in the UK, our journey planner will get you to your destination.
Surrey is a great choice for families, couples and friends alike, with plenty to explore over a long weekend. Must-see landmarks include Guildford Castle, Woking's Martian Tripod statue from War of the Worlds, and Hampton Court Palace (close to Esher).
Other major destinations include Mole Valley, which is close to the famous Polesden Lacey historic estate, and the stunning plant life at Winkworth Arboretum.
Destinations in Surrey are easy to reach by train, and these are our personal favourites.
This is the largest town in Surrey and the site of the county's main train station. As well as being a bustling town with plenty of historic interest, it's also got an impressive high street with many of London's top brands. There are also three major theatres, making it a hotspot for performing arts lovers.
Close to Guildford is Woking, a destination featured in H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds. The Big Apple is a leisure centre packed with opportunities for family fun, including arcade games, bowling, and laser tag. You can also visit RHS Garden Wisley, one of the Royal Horticultural Society's best grounds.
This is a nature lovers' paradise, with easy access to the magnificent Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walton Heath Golf Club is also nearby if you'd like to get in a quick round. Another choice close by is Riddlesdown, an ideal countryside spot for hiking or cycling.
Mole Valley is the home of Polesden Lacey, an Edwardian Era mansion set in stunning grounds. Exploring the 1,400-acre estate is a real treat on warmer days.
A unique destination in Surrey which includes natural features such as the Reigate Caves. Deep beneath the centre of town, take a tour of these sand tunnels and discover Reigate's hidden history.
For a complete guide on what to do in this amazing county, make sure to check out the official tourism website for Surrey.
The train is the best method for reaching Surrey from the capital, with frequent services to anywhere you'd like to go. London to Guildford can be as quick as 33 minutes, and services depart roughly every 30 minutes from Waterloo. You can either take the train that terminates at Guildford, stopping at stations including Vauxhall, Wimbledon, Horsley, and Clandon, or opt for the faster train. This is the one terminating at Portsmouth Harbour, which usually just calls at Woking before reaching Guildford.
The train journey from Bath Spa to Guildford usually takes around 2 hours, departing approximately every 30 minutes and with a change at Reading. Brighton to Guildford takes around 1 hour 30 minutes, leaving about every half hour with a change at Gatwick Airport or Clapham Junction. South Western Railway is the company serving Surrey, running between the county and London.
Here are the key railway stations in Surrey:
The main train station in Surrey is Guildford railway station. Check out live arrivals and station facilities for Guildford railway station.
The primary operator of trains to Surrey is South Western Railway.
It's easy to bag cheap train tickets to Surrey. We'd recommend using a Railcard, buying your ticket in advance or travelling during Off-Peak hours if you can. Read our cheap train tickets guide to find out more.
There are frequent daily services to Surrey, although there may be fewer services on weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains to Surrey.