Dover to Southampton by train

  • First train
  • Last train
  • Avg changes
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 11m
  • Distance
    188 kilometres
  • Trains per day
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 53m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Dover to Southampton by train

Fast trains from Dover to Southampton take around 3 hours and 11 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 188 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Dover and Southampton.

1. Are there direct trains from Dover to Southampton?

Journeys between Dover and Southampton usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 44 departures on the route from Dover to Southampton every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

There are typically fewer departures at weekends, when we found around 39 departures.

2. How long is the train journey from Dover to Southampton?

The Dover to Southampton train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 11 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Dover to Southampton train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Southampton is usually scheduled to depart Dover around 04:30 and the last train is around 23:05. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Dover around 04:50, and the last at 22:05.

When to book Dover to Southampton train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Dover to Southampton by train.

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Which train companies operate between Dover and Southampton?

More than one train company operates on the route from Dover to Southampton, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • London Underground
  • South West Trains
  • South Western Railway
  • Southeastern
  • Southern
  • UK Rail Connections

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.