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Southampton to London by train

It takes an average of 1h 58m to travel from Southampton to London by train, over a distance of around 69 miles (111 km). There are normally 129 trains per day traveling from Southampton to London and tickets for this journey start from $7.97 when you book in advance.

First train


Last train


Departure station


Arrival station


Journey time

From 1h 6m


69 miles (111 km)


129 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $7.97

Train operators

South Western Railway, Southern

How to travel from Southampton to London by train in just over an hour

Want to take a trip to the capital and need more information about the journey by train from Southampton to London? Start your journey with us!  

Generally, the train journey from Southampton to London takes around 2 hours and 6 minutes, although the fastest services can take you there in just 1 hour and 9 minutes. With around 117 direct services traveling the 69 miles from Southampton to London, you don’t need to worry about making any changes along the way. 

On this route, there are two train operators to choose from – South Western Railway and Southern. With both, you’ll jump on a train at Southampton Central station and enjoy onboard amenities such as comfortable seating, luggage storage and free WiFi on most services. If you’re traveling with South Western Railway, your train will arrive at London Waterloo Station, whereas if you’re on a Southern service, you’ll arrive at London Victoria station.   

From both stations, you’re situated close to some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Unsure where to begin? Find inspiration in our guide to the 14 best things to do in London, including a visit to Trafalgar Square and Kensington Palace.  

If you want to book the cheapest train tickets, try traveling during Off-Peak times – outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. Also, keep your eye out for Advance ticket, they are usually released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and tend to be cheaper than purchasing on the day of travel.  

Ready to book? There’s no need to wait, start a search for cheap train tickets from Southampton to London in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. Continue reading for train timetables, FAQs and tips on how to find cheaper train fares.  

FAQs for Southampton to London

Want to know more about your journey from Southampton to London? 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 Southampton to London take?

The average journey time by train between Southampton and London is 1 hour and 58 minutes, with around 129 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 Southampton and London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Southampton to London is 1 hour and 6 minutes.

How much does the train from Southampton to London cost?

Train tickets from Southampton to London can start from as little as $7.97 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 Southampton to London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Southampton to London without having to change trains. There are 129 direct trains from Southampton to London each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Southampton to London leaves at 03:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Southampton to London leaves at 23:55. 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 Southampton and London by train?

Trains travelling from Southampton to London cover a distance of around 69 miles (111 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Southampton to London

Train tickets from Southampton to London start at $7.97 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 Southampton to London 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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