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Poole to London Waterloo by train

It takes an average of 2h 34m to travel from Poole to London Waterloo by train, over a distance of around 98 miles (157 km). There are normally 62 trains per day travelling from Poole to London Waterloo and tickets for this journey start from £11.80 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 6m
PriceFrom £11.80
Distance98 miles (157 km)
Frequency62 trains per day
First train03:57
Last train21:50
Departure stationPoole
Arrival stationLondon Waterloo
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsSouth Western Railway

Poole to London Waterloo train times

Check out the next trains departing from Poole to London Waterloo for Saturday 13th August 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
05:26 poole07:52 london waterlooPlat. 1 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 26m, direct
06:24 poole08:49 london waterlooPlat. 1 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 25m, direct
07:07 poole09:20 london waterlooPlat. 1 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 13m, direct
07:41 poole09:49 london waterlooPlat. 1 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 8m, direct
08:07 poole10:20 london waterlooPlat. 1 estimatedsouth western railway PeakGet tickets2h 13m, direct

About the train journey from Poole to London Waterloo

Want to travel from Poole to London Waterloo by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Poole to London Waterloo usually takes 3 hours 17 minutes on average to travel 98 miles (157 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 2 hours 6 minutes. You can expect to find 62 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to London Waterloo, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with South Western Railway, CrossCountry or Southern, as these are the main train operators on this route.

You can save money on train tickets from Poole to London Waterloo if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £11.80. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.

If you want to know more about the journey, scroll up for timetables and live train times, or keep reading for tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Poole and London Waterloo is 2 hours and 34 minutes, with around 62 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 Poole and London Waterloo by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Poole to London Waterloo is 2 hours and 6 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Poole to London Waterloo can start from as little as £11.80 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 Poole to London Waterloo?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Poole to London Waterloo without having to change trains. There are 62 direct trains from Poole 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 Poole to London Waterloo leave?

The first train from Poole to London Waterloo leaves at 03:57. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Poole to London Waterloo leaves at 21:50. 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 Poole and London Waterloo by train?

Trains travelling from Poole to London Waterloo cover a distance of around 98 miles (157 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Poole to London Waterloo

Train tickets from Poole to London Waterloo start at £11.80 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 Poole 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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