The fastest trains from Southampton to London take just over an hour, and with more than 60 daily services to choose from your next trip to the bustling capital will be easier by train. It's nearly 80 miles from Southampton to London, so why bother with the hassle of driving? From the moment you arrive at Southampton Central station, you'll experience all the advantages of travelling by rail.
South Western Railway (SWR) operate trains from Southampton to London, and most journeys are direct. Even the slowest trains take just over two hours to reach London Waterloo, and the Old Vic Theatre, London Dungeon, Imperial War Museum, and Houses of Parliament are all just a couple of minutes' walk from the station. Whether you're taking the train from Southampton to London for business or pleasure, speedy direct services from SWR ensure maximum levels of comfort and ease.
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The average journey time by train between Southampton Central and London Waterloo is 1 hour and 45 minutes, with around 64 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 Southampton Central to London Waterloo is 1 hour and 16 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Southampton Central to London Waterloo can start from as little as £9 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 Southampton Central to London Waterloo without having to change trains. There are 64 direct trains from Southampton Central to London Waterloo each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo leaves at 03:52. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo leaves at 23:55. 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 Southampton Central to London Waterloo cover a distance of around 70 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 Southampton Central to London Waterloo is right for you.
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