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, trains to Surrey are also superb for getting some retail therapy, with towns like Guildford and Woking boasting superb 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.
Getting to Surrey by train
There are plenty of services from London to Surrey as well as from other areas in the country. From Bath, it can take around 2 hours to reach Guildford (Surrey’s largest town), while Oxford is just over one hour away by train. No matter where you start you’re based in the UK, you can use our journey planner to get to Surrey.
Surrey is a fantastic 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), you'll be spoilt for choice when visiting pretty Surrey.
Other major destinations include Mole Valley, which is close to the famous Polesden Lacey historic estate, and the stunning plant life at Winkworth Arboretum near to Waverley.
The top 5 places to visit in Surrey
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 what could be considered its main train station, and so is a clear choice for travellers here. 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 a destination featured in H. G. Wells' notorious radio play '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 (Dorking Station)
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.
London to Surrey by train
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 West Trains is the company serving Surrey, running between the county and London. When you catch a train to Surrey, you'll know you've arrived when you step out at your destination and are welcomed by the beautiful historic towns set among green rolling hills.
Surrey train stations
Here are the key railway stations you can choose from when you take trains to Surrey:
- Ash Vale
- Box Hill & Westhumble
- Byfleet & New Haw
- Cobham & Stoke d'Abernon
- Dorking Deepdene
- Effingham Junction
- Epsom Downs
- Ewell East
- Ewell West
- Hampton Court
- Hinchley Wood
- Hurst Green
- Kempton Park
- London Road (Guildford)
- North Camp
- Tattenham Corner
- Thames Ditton
- Upper Halliford
- Upper Warlingham
- Virginia Water
- West Byfleet
- Whyteleafe South