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Trip Summary

13 trains operate daily from London to Southend-on-Sea. The train trip from London to Southend-on-Sea is usually about 58 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest c2c train can get you there in as little as 40 minutes.

Distance36 mi (58 km)
Fastest train0h 40m
Lowest price£12.60
Trains per day99
Most frequent servicec2c
Train lines2

Which train should you take from London to Southend-on-Sea?

2 train services operate from London to Southend-on-Sea. c2c usually has more trains scheduled, with 14 trips per day. That said, it's still worth comparing the prices and trip durations:

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Greater Anglia120h 59m£20.93
c2c140h 58m£14.51
  • Greater Anglia is an east-of-England train company that serves Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire. Greater Anglia is known for providing affordable travel options and is in the process of upgrading its train cars with WiFi. Restrooms are available onboard, and power outlets are available at some seats.

  • The UK-based c2c is a railway company that provides commuter rail services mainly within the London commuter belt, linking several towns and cities. The company operates several routes with journey times ranging from 40-80 minutes, and passengers can enjoy free WiFi access and onboard restrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between London and Southend-on-Sea is approximately 36 miles, or 58 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 58 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 40 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Southend-on-Sea.

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from London to Southend-on-Sea on Thursday. Tickets for Thursday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Saturday. Saturday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

The earliest train departs London at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 13:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 13 scheduled trains on most days. 99 of these are direct connections to Southend-on-Sea. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Southend-on-Sea to London.

City Information


One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Station Information

Where is the train station in London?

Main departure station: London Fenchurch St

Because some trains make multiple stops before leaving the city, there are 4 stops and stations in London where you can board the train.

All train stations in London:

  • London Fenchurch St

  • West Ham Station

  • London Liverpool St

  • Limehouse

Where is the train station in Southend-on-Sea?

Main arrival station: Thorpe Bay

There are more train stations and stops in Southend-on-Sea than most cities. Most trains from London will stop at one (or more) of the 9 following stations in Southend-on-Sea:

Train stations in Southend-on-Sea:

  • Thorpe Bay

  • Chalkwell Train Station

  • Southend Central

  • Westcliff

  • Southend East

  • Shoeburyness Station

  • Leigh-On-Sea

  • Prittlewell

  • Southend Victoria

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