How to take a train from London to Portsmouth and on to the Isle of Wight

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London to Portsmouth by train

There are two options for taking a train from London to Portsmouth, where transfers are available to the Isle of Wight and to cross-channel ferries.

1: South Western Railway operates the fastest route from London Waterloo station, which is served by the Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee and Waterloo & City lines of the London Underground.
These trains terminate at Portsmouth Harbour station, which is conveniently located to the Historic Dockyard and also offers a direct link to the ferries which head for Ryde on the Isle Of Wight.
They also call at Portsmouth & Southsea station in the city centre.

  1. Southern Railway operates trains on a slower route which departs from Victoria station.
    The speed advantage of the trains from Waterloo is somewhat negated if Victoria station is more convenient to the starting point of your journey in central London.
    Victoria is also served by the Circle, District and Victoria lines of the Underground.
    These trains terminate at Portsmouth & Southsea station, which is served by bus links to the pier that the hovercraft service to the Isle Of Wight leaves from and to the cross-channel ferry terminal

Routes you can take to go from London to Portsmouth

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.

Choose one of the following options:
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Route Information

Option 1: departing from Waterloo station

Route Information

Option 2: departing from Victoria station
Travel Time (approx)

2hrs - 2hr 20min



Travel Info

up to 1 x train per hour

The longer journey time applies on Sundays

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