is there a train from Dover to Southampton that does not go through London? Thanks
I tend to use the Scot Rail site as i find it is one of the easier to use www.scotrail.co.uk
If you type in via Hastings under More Options it will show a route along the south coast
Its a lot longer than via London but cheaper as the via London route uses the High Speed Line HS1
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There is but it will involve three changes and is very slow.
Best route is to take the Dover Priory - London Charing Cross train. Alight at Waterloo East and cross over to Waterloo for the fast train to Southampton Central.
Dover - Ashford
Ashford - Hastings or Eastbourne
Hastings or Eastbourne - Brighton
Brighton - Southampton
Certainly cheaper and less crowded and some parts more scenic than via London, but probably taking about twice as long.
I would do the trip as per Wirewiper's suggestion as it is the most straightforward and does involve crossing London from one station to another, just a walk of about 100 metres through a covered passageway between the two parts of Waterloo station.
>>Its a lot longer than via London but cheaper as the via London route uses the High Speed Line HS1<<
HS1 has nothing to do with it. Transferring through central London carries a premium.
The premium being the more expensive fare on HS1 and the battle with the Underground between Kings Cross St Pancras and Waterloo. For the few minutes saved, I don't think it's worth the extra cost for an HS1 ticket plus the Underground. I would far rather take that 2 minutes walk at Waterloo.
If I really wasn't in any kind of hurry or exceptionally hard up, I would take the Brighton route.
Nope, as I already said, HS1 does not come into it. The premium for using a central London transfer. There is no extra charge for using HS1 on a through ticket.
I don't use "tripadvisor" nearly enough, but I'm glad I did in this instance. Thank you everyone who replied. Your responses were most helpful. Marty
Re HS1 you are right but not about crossing London
I can get from Hatton in Warwickshire to Dover for £7.60 With Senior Rail Card,including the underground from Marylebone ( Baker Street) to St Pancras
Er yes I am. It costs more to travel through central London and that is a fact. I'm not sure what quoting that irrelevant journey is supposed to prove?
The obvious advice is getting lost here!
1. Direct train from Dover Priory to London Waterloo East. Every hour.
A simple walk with level access and one set of escalators/lifts from Waterloo East to Waterloo mainline station, No taxi, no underground, no crossing London. This is not really 'via London' the way people usually mean it. It's simple. Oh, and I used to be the Station Manager at Charing Cross, responsible for Waterloo East, in the early 1990s!
2. Direct train from Waterloo to Southampton Central, 2 or 3 trains every hour.Edited: 06 August 2018, 23:16