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, Portstmouth, Brighton, Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury and Bristol. We recommend using National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey in the first instance. A summary of the main destinations served by each rail operator is given below. Please visit the operators websites via the links below for specific timetable, route and ticketing information.
South West Trains 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 & Romsey.
Southern Trains operates direct and regular services along the south coast to Portsmouth and Brighton. Other destinations along these routes include 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.
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 Local Rail map is shown below.