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London to Southampton by National Express & Megabus


National Express coach from London to Southampton

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Coach services from London to Southampton are operated by two UKs’ well-known carriers - National Express and South West Trains c/o Megabus.
National Express provides a direct, intercity coach service between London and Southampton. There is no other coach operator, which offers similar coach shuttle service between these two cities.
On this route Megabus provides additional option for travel. You can travel between London and Southampton by train. South West Trains, which operates these connections, is a partner of Megabus. Both companies belong to the Stagecoach corporation. Service operated by South West Trains, but seats can be booked through Megabus. In this case, stations and bus stops are situated in other locations. Travel time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
National Express offers about 13 direct services per day, while Megabus’ partner South West Trains has up to 6 connections a day.
Most services terminate in Southampton, but some of them are not intended to serve the route from London to Southampton only, the coaches and trains run on larger distances and Southampton is only an intermediate stop.

South West Train - Megabus partner from London to Southampton

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The National Express direct coach line between London and Southampton is 032 and there are few other carriers’ routes passing through Southampton. There are currently no Megabus coaches from London to Southampton, but Megabus cooperates with South West Trains.
Some of the National Express coach services from Southampton to London begin their journey at one of the UKs’ south-western cities or towns, however, all terminate at Victoria Coach Station in London (see details below).

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National Express coaches are high-class vehicles, equipped with toilet, air conditioning, reclining seats and radio. Both carriers put the safety and comfort of passengers first, so the vehicles are equipped with a large number of safeguards. The operators are using modern vehicles with large panoramic windows and increased legroom. Some coaches on this route provide free Wi-Fi and can take passengers in wheelchairs on board the bus.
Travelling between London and Southampton with National Express takes about 2 hours 15 minutes and 1 hour 30 minutes with South West Trains. This is one of the cheapest transport options between Central London and Southampton.

Go to National Express or Megabus website to check current timetable and prices and book a ticket for your journey.

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Timetables and fares...

London to Southampton by National Express

National Express service number 035

032

032 032 032 032 032 032
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - - - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 7:00 8:30 10:00 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:00 15:30
LONDON, Hammersmith
Dep. - - 10:20 - 12:50 - - 15:50
SOUTHAMPTON, University Arr. - - 12:05 - 14:35 15:30 - 17:35h
SOUTHAMPTON, Coach Stn.
Arr 8:50h 10:45 12:15 13:45 14:45 15:40 16:15 17:45h

London to Southampton by National Express

National Express service number 032

032

032 032 032 032 032
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation - - - - - - 1
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Dep. 17:00 18:00 19:00 20:00 20:30 22:00 23:30
LONDON, Hammersmith
Dep. - 18:20 - - 20:45 - -
SOUTHAMPTON, University Arr. -
20:05h
-
22:00
22:30
23:59
01:25
SOUTHAMPTON, Coach Stn.
Arr 19:15h 20:15h 21:10 22:10 22:40 00:10 01:35

1 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December
h = 15 minutes later Mon to Fri (also 28-30 December)

Southampton to London by National Express

National Express service number 035
032 032 032 032 032 032 032
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily
Period(s) of operation -
- -
-
- - - -
SOUTHAMPTON, Coach Stn. Dep. 4:00 4:50g 5:55z 7:25x 8:45g 9:30 10:00 11:15
SOUTHAMPTON, University Dep. - 4:58g 6:05z 7:35x - 9:40 10:10 -
LONDON, Hammersmith Arr. 5:35 - - 9:30g - - 12:00 -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 5:50 7:20 8:50 10:05 11:20 11:45 12:20 13:35

Southampton to London by National Express

National Express service number 032 032 032 032 032 032 032 035
Days of operation Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Daily Fr,Sa,Su
Period(s) of operation -
- -
-
- - 1 2
SOUTHAMPTON, Coach Stn. Dep. 12:45 14:15 15:30 16:15 16:45g 18:30 20:00 21:30
SOUTHAMPTON, University Dep. 12:55 - 15:40 16:25 - 18:40 - -
LONDON, Hammersmith Arr. 14:45 - 17:30 - - 20:25 - -
LONDON, Victoria Coach Station Arr. 15:05 16:35 17:50 18:35 19:20 20:45 22:15 23:20

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
1 = Does not operate 24 & 31 December.
2 = Does not operate 23 - 31 December, but operates additionally 30 May, 29 August, 2 January, 6, 9 April & 7 May
g = 15 minutes later Sa,Su (also 28-30 December)
z = 45 minutes later Mon to Fri (also 28-30 December)
x = 30 minutes later Mon to Fri (also 28-30 December)

Bus and coach boarding points

LONDON, Victoria Coach Station, Departure Hall
LONDON, (Hammersmith) Hammersmith Bridge Road
SOUTHAMPTON, University, Highfield Interchange
SOUTHAMPTON,, Coach Station, Harbour Parade

Prices for online tickets

London to Southampton Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Southampton (Standard)
£12.60 £20 £10.10 £16 £6.30 £10 London to Southampton
Southampton to London (Standard)
£12.60 £20 £10.10 £16 £6.30 £10 Southampton to London
London to Southampton (eg. APEX/Funfares)
from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way London to Southampton
Southampton to London (eg. APEX/Funfares) from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way from £5.50 one way Southampton to London
  • Age categories: Children: 3-15 years, Seniors: 60+ years. Children aged under 3 travel free.

Timetables and fares...

London to Southampton by Megatrain (SWT)

Megabus service number

SWT
SWT SWT SWT SWT SWT
Days of operation MtoSa
MtoSa MtoSa MtoSa MtoSa Sa
LONDON, Waterloo Train Stn
Dep. 5:30 7:39 9:39 11:39 13:39 21:39
SOUTHAMPTON, Central Train Stn
Arr. 7:00 9:15 11:12 13:15 15:12 23:17

M = Monday, T= Tuesday, W = Wednesday, Th = Thursday, Fr = Friday, Sa = Saturday, Su = Sunday
MtoFr = Monday to Friday only, MtoSa = Monday to Saturday only

Southampton to London by Megatrain (SWT)

Megabus service number SWT SWT SWT SWT SWT SWT
Days of operation MtoSa MtoSa MtoSa MtoSa MtoSa MtoSa
SOUTHAMPTON, Central Train Stn Dep. 12:55 13:55 15:55 17:55 19:55 20:55
LONDON, Waterloo Train Stn Arr. 14:34 15:34 17:34 19:34 21:38 22:38

MtoSa = Monday to Saturday only

Megatrain boarding points

LONDON, Waterloo Train Station
SOUTHAMPTON, Central Train Station

Prices for online tickets

London to Southampton by Megatrain
Adult Youth/Senior Child BOOK ONLINE NOW
Single Return Single Return Single Return
London to Southampton from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way London to Southampton
Southampton to London
from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way from £1+50p one way Southampton to London

Printable timetables, frequency, travel times and fares for coach services between London and Southampton

Route Carrier Frequency Travel time Timetable Online prices Bookings
London to Southampton National Express
up to 16 per day approx 2hrs 15mins stops & times from £5.50
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Southampton to London National Express up to 16 per day approx 2hrs 15mins stops & times from £5.50 Book now
London to Southampton SWT c/o Megabus
up to 6 a day approx 1hr 30mins
stops & times from £1+50p Book now
Southampton to London SWT c/o Megabus up to 6 a day approx 1hrs 30mins stops & times from £1+50p Book now

How to buy tickets online for travel from London to Southampton?

To purchase tickets online for National Express routes you can do it directly at the Europebus home page using a journey planner provided. You can also do it on the National Express’s website. For South West Trains (Megabus’ partner) connections visit Megabus website. Simply fill out all fields in the journey planner and follow the instructions to buy a ticket. Discounted tickets are also available for youths, children and seniors. If you book early and your travel dates and times are flexible, you may get ticket with a discount. Early booking is highly recommended, because services between London and Southampton are very popular and the coaches are fully booked on some days.

Carriage of luggage and bikes

The National Express’ coach driver will load and unload customers’ luggage but customers are responsible for seeing their own luggage onto and off the coach on which they are travelling.
Each customer has a free luggage allowance of two medium sized suitcases, weighing no more than 20 kilograms each and 1 piece of hand luggage, which must be located on the shelf above your head or under the passenger seat.

Megabus/Megatrain doesn’t check luggage or provide receipts for luggage transported on the bus by the passenger. Passengers are advised that Megabus/Megatrain will accept up to one piece of luggage per passenger. For guidance this should be no more than the size of a standard suitcase and should not weigh more than 20kg.  Passengers can also take on board one small piece of luggage that must fit either on your lap or under the seat in front of you.

Of course you can take a bike but... In a bike bag as carry-on luggage, semi-dismantled, free of charge. You can take a bicycle with you as carry-on luggage free of charge on any coach, if you put it in a zip-up 'bike bag', with wheels and pedals removed and handlebars turned. Bike bags are available from most cycle shops, for example www.wiggle.co.uk

Overview of alternative transports between London and Southampton. Trains & airlines services within the UK.

If our information is insufficient for you to convince you to travel by coach, or simply you don’t like this transportation arrangement then we encourage you to take advantage of rail or in some cases flight services. If you want to travel for example from London to Southampton or vice versa by train we suggest you to visit the Train Line website, while good flights between British cities are recommend on the Budget Air’s website

Rail services in the UK are fast, frequent and convenient. Tickets can be bought in advance easily via a train reservation service available at the Train Line website
Regular air links to distant cities in Britain can be checked and booked at www.budgetair.co.uk. Flights connections are available to various destinations in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

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