Trains to Southampton

Cheap Trains to Southampton

"I plan to go to college in Southampton, a fishery studies college. Again, my brother was down there about two years ago and he said it was great, so I'm looking forward to that.” Tom Felton

Tip 1: Buying your tickets in advance is usually a cheaper option
The chances of purchasing cheaper train tickets to Southampton can be substantially raised by buying in advance. If you can plan ahead you are able to get train tickets up to 12 weeks ahead of schedule when the train companies release them. These tickets can be in high demand be sold very quickly so the earlier you can buy them the better. Obviously it is not always possible to plan ahead but occasionally advance tickets can still be purchased up to 1 hour before departure.

Tip 2: Avoid booking fees by using Split My Fare
Other ticket retailers often add booking fees and credit card fees to their price making the train tickets to Southampton dearer. At Split My Fare we only charge you for the savings we make for you by splitting your ticket. If we make a split and make savings for you we only charge you 10% of the saving you have made, if no split then no charge. We are a National Rail Accredited retailer and you can trust us to get you the best deals.

Southampton is an important transport hub and a key jump-off point for the New Forest, Isle of Wight, and the neighbouring Portsmouth. Since the Roman and Saxon times, Southampton is already a settlement. In fact, a number of Roman ruins can be found in the suburb of Bitterne Manor. During The Middle Ages, the town became walled and some of the remnants of these defences still remain in the city today. Since Southampton has been badly devastated by bombing during WWII, much of the building have been destroyed, including its heritage sites. This explains why the city and most of its architecture are very modern.

Tip 3: Use Delay Repay to get a refund on your fare
When getting a train to Southampton there can be no guarantee that it will be on time. If you have a delay may be eligible for a full or partial compensation on the price of your fare. By using Delay Repay and checking information on policies of different Train Operating Companies and applying for the refund through them you can recoup your money.

Tip 4: Choose less popular times to find cheaper fares
Some trains to Southampton can be made cheaper if you choose to stay on quieter routes and use quieter stations on your way. The price of tickets is dependent on the demand for them so you will find that avoiding rush hour, bank holidays and weekends can benefit you financially.

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The main station is Southampton Central, located on the northwest edge of the city centre. There are regular train services coming from London Waterloo passing through Winchester railway station and Basingstoke. From the station, the city centre is only a short walk away. There is also a City Link bus service that you can take for free, running every 15 to 30 minutes towards the city centre.

Tip 5: Book together for big savings
If travelling as a group to Southampton by train a great money saving tool is to use the Groupsave discount. Using this you can sometimes get 1/3 off the price. It is valid for between 3-9 people booking together and travelling on the same train at an off-peak time. The discount is automatically given at checkout but it can depend which rail network you are using whether it is available. Using the mobile E-ticket facility on your phone you can buy tickets and then forward them to the other members of your group making it easier than having paper tickets.

Tip 6: Compare single and return prices
An open return or two single tickets may be the best way to book your train rather than just assuming that a return would be the cheapest. It is best to check this out and Split My Fare automatically does this for you selling you the most financially beneficial option.

The Southampton city centre is fairly spread out along the North to South axis, but it’s easily possible to walk from Bedford Place towards the waterfront area. Most of the route is pedestrian-friendly.

The Bargate, which is a medieval guesthouse located in the middle of a shopping complex, is one of the most visited attractions in Southampton. On its top floor is where you will find the Heritage Visitor Centre.

Tip 7: Use slower trains
If a quick journey time is not a priority please consider using slower travel which you could find can acquire you cheap train tickets. Using our site we will suggest these slower alternatives for you to select if they are trains that save you money. Sometimes you might be in a rush and our site has the facility to choose the faster routes and only recommend them to you.

Tip 8: Compare the prices of both standard and 1st class train tickets When demand is low for 1st class tickets the rail companies sometimes lower the price and you find that you can improve your experience by making your journey using that option. The price can be comparable to standard tickets or occasionally even cheapest. You then have the pleasure of free tea and coffee, food available and more room because of bigger seats.

The Central Parks, which was established during the 19th century, and was recognised as Grade II on the English Heritage’s Register of Historic Parks, is also worth a stop. Southampton also hosts a yearly Boat Show, an event that showcases a plethora of well-designed boats and draws thousands of visitors to the Southampton each year. Other attractions to visit are the Tudor House and the Sea City Museum.

Tip 9: If you travel a few times a year, get a Railcard
A railcard is a popular tool used by different groups of people as there are different types of card which are applicable to different people and they can change the amount you pay for your cheap train travel. Every card can make you savings of up to 1/3 for an initial small outlay. Most cards cost either £30 per year or £70 for three years which means that if you are a regular user of trains you make real savings. If you only use trains as infrequently as three times a year it is still worth the money. To find details you can look on the Railcard website and railcards can be purchased from any National Railway Ticket Office. The railcards vary from The Two Together card if you regularly travel with another adult, a Family and Friends card which means that if you have a large family or travel two families together you can make savings, 4 adults and 4 children can use this with a saving of 60% for children and up to 1/3 off for adults. Other cards are The Senior Railcards, The Disable Persons card, The Armed Forces card, Network Railcard and cards for 16-25 year olds and 26-30 year olds.

Tip 10: Be flexible
Often people have a time and date set for our travel and need to book accordingly but savings can be made if you are able to be adaptable. Using our journey planner we can help you to find alternatives which are cost effective meaning you might have to journey on a different date at a different time but giving you the best possible options to book.

Main stations in Southampton

The biggest and busiest stations in London are the following, if you are travelling into London, it is likely that you will arrive at one of these: When searching for your journeys with our fare finder, you can actually select London (All Stations) and we will find the best and cheapest station in London for you to arrive at. If you are looking to get to an Airport, you can also get there by train from some of these stations.
  • Southampton Central
  • Southampton Airport Parkway

Frequently Asked Questions

What train goes to Southampton?

Trains to Southampton Central from London run from Waterloo Station, they run regularly and normally take just over an hour.

How do I get to Southampton?

South Western Railway runs most trains to Southampton Central, from Weymouth and London. There are also regular trains from Brighton run by Southern.