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About Southern

Southern Railway is part of the British rail network serving stations predominantly between central London and the British south coast. Destinations include Brighton, Gatwick Airport, and Worthing. Its main London terminals are London Bridge and London Victoria stations, with many Southern Railway services also calling at Clapham Junction.

Southern Railway trains consist of between two and 12 carriages, dependent on the popularity of the route. Some routes are especially popular for commuters, meaning there may be standing room only at rush hour unless you purchase a first-class ticket. The first-class seats are in dedicated areas, separated from standard seating by glass partition doors for a quieter ride. Regardless of your type of ticket, WiFi and accessible restrooms are available on most trains.

To get the cheapest tickets on Southern Railway routes, book with Wanderu at least 24 hours in advance. As an official partner of Southern Railway since 2018, Wanderu provides scheduling, pricing, and trip information in one convenient place at the lowest price.

Contact Southern

Phone number: GB: 03451 27 29 20

Online support: Southern website

Southern Amenities



Southern train coverage

Daily Trips396

Southern Routes & Network

Southern’s train network features 739 train routes that connect 61 cities serving 115 stations. On average, Southern performs about 396 train trips every day. The top cities to which Southern offers the highest number of daily train service include St Leonards and London.

Top Cities Served by Southern

CityRouteEarliest trainLatest train
London14:55 am9:34 pm
Hastings15:32 am5:49 pm
Brighton15:08 am3:21 pm
Normans Bay16:46 am10:01 pm

Most popular Southern routes

The train from St Leonards to London is Southern’s most popular route. Trips from London to Normans Bay and London to Brighton are also highly popular.

Top Southern routes

RouteDaily TripsDurationPrice
St Leonards to London42h 11m£6
London to Normans Bay41h 44m£33
London to Brighton41h 14m£6
Eastbourne to London361h 31m£6
London to Hastings42h 12m£6
Croydon to London630h 27m£4
Crawley to London190h 43m£6

Southern Train Guide & FAQs

Do Southern trains have WiFi?

Yes, Southern offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with Southern will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. Southern WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge-watch your favorite show.

Are there power points or USB points on the train?

Southern does not offer power outlets on their trains at this time. We suggest you charge up your laptop ahead of time and bring a power bank for your phone to extend its battery life for the duration of the trip. And remember - a good book doesn’t require any power.

What is Southern's schedule?

On a typical day, Southern has 396 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Can you pick up will call tickets at the station?

Yes, Southern offers the option to purchase will call tickets. Will call tickets are an option that allows you to book the tickets ahead of time online, then pick up the tickets from an agent or kiosk once you arrive at the station. Note that you will need to bring the confirmation information you received when you made your ticket purchase. If you choose to use the will call ticket option with Southern, please make sure to bring the same credit card you used to purchase the tickets with you when you pick them up.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

No, Southern does not require an ID to board its trains at this time. Of course, it is always a good idea to carry a government-issued ID whenever you hit the road.

What are Southern’s COVID-19 policies?

Visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide to view the most up-to-date information about Southern’s cleaning protocols and adjusted ticket change policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Are there toilets on Southern trains?

No, there are no bathrooms available on Southern trains. Though there are no bathrooms onboard, typically breaks are scheduled in the itinerary to allow passengers to use bathroom facilities along the way.

Are meals or drinks offered during the trip?

Southern does not offer meals or beverages onboard. We recommend you bring a drink and some snacks for your trip. We also suggest packing a reusable water bottle with you to reduce your impact on the environment. However, note that most trains do not allow you to bring your own alcoholic drinks.

Do you have to print your Southern ticket?

Yes, Southern requires that all passengers have printed tickets to board the train. When you book with Wanderu and activate your account, you will be able to easily find and download your tickets for most trains.

Does Southern offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

Southern focuses on delivering a great travel experience at a low price and currently does not offer premium features like extra legroom or onboard entertainment. But these days, between your laptop, tablet, smartphone and e-reader, you’re the master of your own entertainment even on longer journeys.

Cheap Southern tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 396 Southern trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and Southern tickets start at just £2.46. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

How do I get the best deal on Southern tickets?

Wanderu is the best place to score cheap Southern tickets. Wanderu offers the lowest available fares every day and charges no extra booking fees. Plus, you can compare Southern prices with trips offered by other train companies to be sure you’re getting the best deal on your tickets!

Pro travelers know that booking your ticket well in advance is key to finding the lowest price. Ticket prices normally go up the closer you get to the travel date, so don’t miss out on a good deal when you see one. If you can be flexible with your travel date, you can also get cheap tickets by traveling on weekdays instead of weekends.

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