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London to Portsmouth by train

It takes an average of 2h 5m to travel from London to Portsmouth by train, over a distance of around 63 miles (102 km). There are normally 369 trains per day traveling from London to Portsmouth and tickets for this journey start from $9.10 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 24m


63 miles (102 km)


369 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $9.10

Train operators

South Western Railway, Southern

London to Portsmouth train times

Check out the next trains departing from London to Portsmouth for Monday Apr 22nd 2024 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
05:08 On timelondon waterloo07:16 On timeportsmouth & southseaPlatform 18 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 8m, direct
05:45 On timelondon waterloo07:47 On timeportsmouth & southseaPlatform 10 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 2m, direct
06:15 london waterloo08:09 portsmouth & southseaPlatform 10 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets1h 54m, direct
06:42 london waterloo09:12 portsmouth & southseaPlatform 14 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 30m, direct
06:45 london waterloo08:45 portsmouth & southseaPlatform 12 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 0m, direct

Traveling from London to Portsmouth by train

Considering a trip to the South Coast and need more information on the journey by train from London to Portsmouth? Look no further!  

On average, the journey from London to Portsmouth by train takes around 2 hours and 8 minutes, although the fastest services can take you there in as little as 1 hour and 24 minutes. Each day, there are around 293 direct trains running on this route, so you don’t need to worry about changing along the way.  

When traveling on this route, you have two services to choose from. If you decide to travel with South Western Railway, you’ll board a train at London Waterloo station. If you opt for a Southern service, your journey will start at London Victoria station. No matter who you travel with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating and free WiFi on most services. Before you know it, your train will arrive at Portsmouth and Southsea station.  

Once you’ve arrived, you can begin to explore some of Portsmouth’s most famous sights, including the Spinnaker Tower, Southsea Castle and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard – home to HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum.  

Hoping to save money on your tickets? Try traveling at Off-Peak times, as tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. To save more money, try to book an Advance ticket – they are normally released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and are usually a lot cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Want to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from London to Portsmouth in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you want to find out more about the journey, read on for train timetables including first and last train times, FAQs and tips on booking cheap train tickets.  

FAQs for London to Portsmouth

Want to know more about your journey from London to Portsmouth? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from London to Portsmouth take?

The average journey time by train between London and Portsmouth is 2 hours and 5 minutes, with around 369 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between London and Portsmouth by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Portsmouth is 1 hour and 24 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Portsmouth cost?

Train tickets from London to Portsmouth can start from as little as $9.10 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from London to Portsmouth?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Portsmouth without having to change trains. There are 369 direct trains from London to Portsmouth each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from London to Portsmouth leave?

The first train from London to Portsmouth leaves at 04:08. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from London to Portsmouth leave?

The last train from London to Portsmouth leaves at 23:45. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between London and Portsmouth by train?

Trains travelling from London to Portsmouth cover a distance of around 63 miles (102 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Portsmouth to London.

Cheap train tickets from London to Portsmouth

Train tickets from London to Portsmouth start at $9.10 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for London to Portsmouth is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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What are my ticket options for this journey?

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