Train timetable and services in Southampton

Southampton Central station is located on the mainline to London Waterloo with direct services departing for the capital every 30 minutes. There are also direct services to Winchester, Portsmouth, Brighton, Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury and Bristol. A summary of the main destinations served by each rail operator is given below.

Please visit the operator’s websites via the links below for specific timetable, route and ticketing information.

South Western Railway is the principal operator at Southampton Central with direct and regular services to London Waterloo, Southampton Airport, Winchester, Basingstoke, Woking, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. It also operates a local service which calls at Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, St. Denys, Swaythling, Millbrook, Redbridge and Romsey.

Southern Trains operates direct and regular services along the south coast to Portsmouth and Brighton. Other destinations along these routes include Gatwick Airport, Swanick, Fareham, Cosham, Havant, Chichester, Worthing and Hove.

First Great Western operates an hourly service between Cardiff and Portsmouth via Southampton Central. The service also stops at Fareham, Cosham, Romsey, Salisbury, Bath and Bristol.

Cross Country Trains operates two services from Southampton Central. The first is an hourly service to Manchester; stops include Winchester, Basingstoke, Oxford, Coventry and Birmingham. The second is to Newcastle and departs once every two hours; stops include Winchester, Basingstoke, Oxford, Birmingham, Derby, Sheffield and York.

Tickets and Discounts

Please visit the operator’s websites via the links below for specific timetable, route and ticketing information.


If you wish to travel by bus as part of your journey, a PlusBus travelcard offers reduced rates on bus day tickets when bought in conjunction with your rail travel.

In Hampshire, PlusBus is currently available in the following locations:

  • Aldershot
  • Basingstoke
  • Eastleigh and Chandlers Ford
  • Fareham
  • Havant
  • Winchester
  • Southampton
  • Portsmouth


PlusBike provides free and easy-to-access information to help you plan your journey and make it easier.

Information is shown specific to your journey, or by station and includes:

  • Cycle facilities at stations, along with the number of cycle parking space.
  • Cycle-hire at stations or nearby with links directly to them.
  • Cycle carriage rules, including taking cycles on train specific to your rail journey.
  • Whether a cycle needs to be reserved to take on board.

Where to access PlusBike

Access PlusBike for free via the National Rail website online, mobile app across Apple and Android, and tablets. Simply use Journey Planner to plan your journey to view the information or search by station.

Maps and planner

There are also a number of local rail stations with direct services to Southampton Central. These can provide a fast direct route into the city centre for a reasonable fare.

The live rail departures tool on the right hand side of this site provides accurate and timely information based on chosen station.

We recommend using National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey in the first instance.

National Rail Enquiries provides a variety of information in terms of tickets, journey planning, service disruptions and live boards.

Alternatively you can use Trainline, which works with rail and coach companies to offer travel to thousands of destinations in and across Europe.