Planning a sunny day out or weekend away in Southampton Central this summer and want to travel by train? Look no further.
The train from London to Southampton Central usually takes 2 hours and 18 minutes, but can take just 1 hour and 12 minutes on the fastest services. You can travel direct on this route with South Western Railway or Southern. While South Western Railway services depart from London Waterloo station, Southern trains leave from London Victoria station, but you'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and free WiFi on both.
Whether you're heading for a day wandering around the Maritime Quarter or checking out The Bargate, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to book trains to Southampton and search for cheap ticket prices – we’ll show you how much you can save on your train tickets if you travel Off-Peak or use a Railcard.
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The average journey time by train between London and Southampton Central is 2 hours and 16 minutes, with around 85 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Southampton Central is 1 hour and 12 minutes.
Train ticket prices from London to Southampton Central can start from as little as £2.70 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Southampton Central without having to change trains. There are 85 direct trains from London to Southampton Central each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Southampton Central leaves at 04:01. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Southampton Central leaves at 00:05. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Southampton Central cover a distance of around 69 miles (112 km) during the journey.
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 Southampton Central is right for you.
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.
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