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Bournemouth to London Waterloo by train

It takes an average of 2h 18m to travel from Bournemouth to London Waterloo by train, over a distance of around 93 miles (150 km). There are normally 52 trains per day travelling from Bournemouth to London Waterloo and tickets for this journey start from £11.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 50m
PriceFrom £11.30
Distance93 miles (150 km)
Frequency52 trains per day
First train04:12
Last train22:12
Departure stationBournemouth
Arrival stationLondon Waterloo
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsSouth Western Railway

Bournemouth to London Waterloo train times

Check out the next trains departing from Bournemouth to London Waterloo for Tuesday 12th July 2022 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.
DepartsArrivesDuration
11:22 13:20 1h 58m, direct
11:59 13:49 1h 50m, direct
12:22 14:20 1h 58m, direct
12:59 14:49 1h 50m, direct
13:22 15:20 1h 58m, direct
13:45 15:49 2h 4m, 1 change
13:59 15:52 1h 53m, direct
14:22 16:20 1h 58m, direct
14:59 16:49 1h 50m, direct
15:22 17:24 2h 2m, direct

Travelling from Bournemouth to London Waterloo by train

If you want to take the train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo, you're in luck!

On average, it takes around 2h 17m to get from Bournemouth to London Waterloo by train, although the fastest services can take just 1h 50m. As there are direct trains between Bournemouth and London Waterloo, there is no need for changes along the way.

Every day, South Western Railway operates around 52 trains on this popular route. Once you’re on board, you can relax and take advantage of the amenities offered on board, including free WiFi and quiet zones.

If you’re looking to snap up the cheapest fares, choose a train running at Off-Peak times – train tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. You can also save an extra 1/3 off your fare if you buy a Railcard.

Ready to start your journey? Start your search for train tickets from Bournemouth to London Waterloo with us now. Keep reading for more information, including our timetable where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Bournemouth to London Waterloo? 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 Bournemouth to London Waterloo take?

The average journey time by train between Bournemouth and London Waterloo is 2 hours and 18 minutes, with around 52 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 Bournemouth and London Waterloo by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo is 1 hour and 50 minutes.

How much does the train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo cost?

Train ticket prices from Bournemouth to London Waterloo can start from as little as £11.30 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Bournemouth to London Waterloo without having to change trains. There are 52 direct trains from Bournemouth to London Waterloo each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo leave?

The first train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo leaves at 04:12. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo leave?

The last train from Bournemouth to London Waterloo leaves at 22:12. 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 Bournemouth and London Waterloo by train?

Trains travelling from Bournemouth to London Waterloo cover a distance of around 93 miles (150 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Bournemouth to London Waterloo

Train tickets from Bournemouth to London Waterloo start at £11.30 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 Bournemouth to London Waterloo 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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Seaside to city in under two hours

Review by Charlie House

Getting to Bournemouth train station

On a cold September morning, our train departed from Bournemouth. The train station is a short bus journey from the town centre and seafront. Inside the station, there are just 3 platforms, so finding the right one was simple. Whilst waiting for my train, I treated myself to an enjoyable coffee from the station café and looked forward to the day ahead.

Boarding the train

Prior to our journey, I purchased digital tickets via the Trainline app, meaning we didn’t have to waste time queuing to buy or collect our tickets. By the time the South Western Railway train arrived, the platform was bustling with people. Nevertheless, it was fairly easy to find a seat once we had boarded the train.

The journey

The train provided by South Western Railway was modern and clean. Due to the long day ahead, I charged my phone using the onboard charging sockets and connected to the free WiFi available. I sat back and enjoyed the views outside the window and before I knew it, we arrived at London Waterloo station.

From the station, it’s a short walk to iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey. Also, Waterloo Underground Station is really well connected to the rest of the city, with the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City Line passing through it. After our seamless journey from Bournemouth to London Waterloo, we had an unforgettable day exploring the city!

About Charlie

Charlie is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

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