There are no direct trains from Newcastle to Southampton but you have two options: the first option is slightly longer and includes one change at Birmingham New Street while the second includes two changes via tube in London.
If you choose the first option, both legs of the trip are operated by CrossCountry trains. Most CrossCountry trains offer WiFi on board. Passengers in Standard need to pay a small fee, while the service is complimentary in First Class. A catering service is also available between 06:00 and 20:00 on this particular route, and you can take your bike with you free of charge, but we advise you to book a space in advance or, if you prefer, at a station before you travel.
The second option is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast for the first leg and by South Western Railway for the second. Note that in London you'll arrive at King's Cross station and you will need to take the tube to London Waterloo station before boarding the South Western Railways train to Southampton.
Onboard all Virgin East Coast trains there are power sockets at every table, while there's free WiFi if you travel in First Class. Those sitting in Standard will receive 15 minutes of complimentary WiFi (unlimited WiFi can be purchased in Standard for a small fee). To access the WiFi network you need to select 'VirginTrainsEC-WiFi' in your WiFi settings and then follow the instructions on your browser. All passengers can enjoy free onboard entertainment including movies, online magazines and video games through a portal called BEAM. To access the entertainment portal from an Android device or a laptop you need to access enjoyBEAM.co.uk, or, if you have an iOS device, you need to install the app.
All Virgin East Coast trains feature a buffet car called The Foodbar, usually located either in coach J or H. Here, you can purchase hot and cold meals throughout the day, as well as sandwiches and snacks. On most journeys, you'll also find a full drinks menu and an at-seat trolley service. If you travel in First Class, the food and drink are complimentary but subject to availability.
Quiet Coaches are available on most Virgin East Coast trains. Noise must be kept to a minimum, with restrictions on mobile phone calls.
For more information on South West Railway onboard services, please visit our train company page: South West Railway.
Route information for Newcastle to Southampton
Starting your journey from Newcastle, you'll travel through the centre of England, where you'll be blown away by the outstanding natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Make sure you grab a window seat and have your camera ready to capture some amazing shots.
After taking the train from Birmingham, you'll quickly move towards the South of England and stop by Oxford, the home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of the fastest growing and most diverse cities in the UK.
A few stops later and you'll find yourself in Winchester, with the chance to admire the South Downs National Park, one of many stunning green attractions en route to Southampton.
Things to do in Southampton
There's plenty to see and do in Southampton, from fabulous art galleries and museums to miles of shops. Whatever your mood, this port city has an activity or attraction that's right for you.
The Tudor House and Garden is Southampton's most important historic building, encompassing over 900 years of history. Located in Southampton's Old Town, you'll learn all you need to know about the life of the former residents of the house through free audio guides.
If you're an art lover, don't miss your chance to visit the Southampton City Art Gallery, which tells you the story of Western art from the Renaissance period to the present day. Its main focus is on the 20th-century and British contemporary art, but new exhibitions are always introduced in order to ensure that the visitor has a different experience with each visit.
Last but not least, visit the SS Shieldhall, the largest working steam ship in Britain. Here you'll experience the golden age of steam and learn more about the life of the people connected with the ship, which now represents a tribute to Britain's maritime heritage.
How long does it take to travel from Newcastle to Southampton Central by train?
The average journey time between Newcastle and Southampton Central is 5 hours 31 minutes. The fastest journey time is 6 hours 9 minutes. On an average weekday, there are 72 trains per day travelling from Newcastle to Southampton Central. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
Are there direct trains from Newcastle to Southampton Central?
Yes, it is possible to travel from Newcastle to Southampton Central without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Newcastle to Southampton Central.
What time are the first and last train from Newcastle to Southampton Central?
The first train from Newcastle to Southampton Central departs at .
The last train from Newcastle to Southampton Central departs at .
No sleeper services are available.
There may also be less services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.