How to take the rail journey from London to Bournemouth

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London to Bournemouth by train

How to buy tickets, what's on board the trains, how to use the stations, plus tips for making the journey.

Routes you can take to go from London to Bournemouth

When travelling between most cities by train there is only one logical option, though on other journeys there is a choice between different trains or alternative routes. If different options are available you can use the info to decide which is best for you.

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Route Information

Travel Time (approx)

1hr 45min - 1hr 55min



Travel Info

2 x trains per hour*
*One of the hourly departures on Sundays is much slower and takes 2hr 30mins to complete the journey

Journey Summary:

  • Is the journey direct? = Yes
  • Is the journey scenic? = Between Southampton and Bournemouth, the railway passes through the New Forest
  • What other tourist locations are long this route? = Winchester and Brockenhurst
  • When is the usual approximate earliest arrival at the destination? = Around 07:45 on Monday to Saturday; after 10:15 on Sunday
  • When is the usual approximate latest departure? = After 23:30 on Monday to Friday; after 23:00 on Saturday and Sunday
  • Are tickets cheaper if booked in advance? = Yes
  • How soon ahead of travel are tickets typically placed on sale? = 12 weeks; see the Ticket Information
  • What are the child ticket terms? = aged 5 to 15 = 50%; aged 4 and under = free
  • Does the ticket include assigned seats? = Varies: Yes with Advance Tickets, but reservations are not marked on the train; see the Ticket Information
  • Do rail pass users need to book reservations? = No
  • Is catering available on the train? = A trolley service can be available
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