TrainlineTrainline is Europe’s leading platform for train and bus tickets

Low prices found by our customers
Each fare is the lowest adult economy ticket fare found by our customers on Trainline. Fares booked further in advance than the dates displayed may be cheaper. Prices are updated daily, subject to change and indicative of price last update. Limited availability. Discount cards and coach journeys excluded, prices exclusive of booking fee.

London to Southend by train

It takes an average of 1h 8m to travel from London to Southend by train, over a distance of around 36 miles (58 km). There are normally 447 trains per day travelling from London to Southend and tickets for this journey start from £6 when you book in advance.

First train

03:58

Last train

00:50

Departure station

London

Arrival station

Southend

Journey time

From 51m

Distance

36 miles (58 km)

Frequency

447 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £6

Train operators

c2c, Greater Anglia

Taking the train from London to Southend

Fancy a day on the beach or weekend away in Southend and want to get there by train? You've come to the right place.

The train from London to Southend usually takes 1 hour and 7 minutes, but can take just 51 minutes on the fastest services. You can travel direct on this route with c2c or Greater Anglia. You'll find comfortable seating, space for luggage and on most services, free WiFi as standard.

Whether you’re heading for a day out at Southend beach or a wander along the Pier, use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to book trains to Southend-on-Sea 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.

So what are you waiting for? Search for cheap train tickets from London to Southend in our Journey Planner today, or keep reading for FAQs and money-saving tips.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between London and Southend is 1 hour and 8 minutes, with around 447 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 Southend by train?

The fastest journey time by train from London to Southend is 51 minutes.

How much does the train from London to Southend cost?

Train ticket prices from London to Southend can start from as little as £6 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 London to Southend?

Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Southend without having to change trains. There are 447 direct trains from London to Southend 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 Southend leave?

The first train from London to Southend leaves at 03:58. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from London to Southend leaves at 00:50. 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 Southend by train?

Trains travelling from London to Southend cover a distance of around 36 miles (58 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from London to Southend

Train tickets from London to Southend start at £6 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 Southend 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

Europe’s leading train and coach app

We help customers across Europe make more than 172,000 smarter journeys every day.