There are 4 ways to get from Dover to Southampton by train, bus or car

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Train via St Pancras International  •  3 h 13 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to St Pancras International
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Central

$66 - $96

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Bus  •  5 h 35 min

  1. Take the bus from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals 007 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Southampton City Centre, Coach Station 032 / ...

$21 - $28

2 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 37 min

  1. Take the train from Dover Priory to London Waterloo East
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Central

$63 - $92

Drive  •  2 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Dover to Southampton 150.3 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Dover to Southampton is to bus which costs £15 - £22 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dover to Southampton is to drive which costs £24 - £40 and takes 2 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Dover to Southampton station. However, there are services departing from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) and arriving at Southampton City Centre, Coach Station via Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 35 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Dover to Southampton. However, there are services departing from Dover Priory and arriving at Southampton Central via London Waterloo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 37 min.

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The distance between Dover and Southampton is 120 miles. The road distance is 150.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Dover to Southampton without a car is to train which takes 3 h 13 min and costs £50 - £75.

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It takes approximately 3 h 13 min to get from Dover to Southampton, including transfers.

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Dover to Southampton bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) station.

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Dover to Southampton train services, operated by Southeastern, depart from Dover Priory station.

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The best way to get from Dover to Southampton is to train which takes 3 h 13 min and costs £50 - £75. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £22 and takes 5 h 35 min.

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Map of how to get from Dover to Southampton.
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  • Distance: 119.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 13 min

What companies run services between Dover, England and Southampton, England?

You can take a train from Dover to Southampton via St Pancras International, Euston Underground Station, Waterloo Underground Station, and London Waterloo in around 3 h 13 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Dover to Southampton via Victoria Coach Station Arrivals and Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station in around 5 h 35 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Dover Priory to St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
Train from Dover Priory to London Waterloo East
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Dover, Pencester Road (Magistrates Court) to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $15
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Southampton City Centre, Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Dover to Southampton bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton City Centre, Coach Station.

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Dover to Southampton train services, operated by South Western Railway, arrive at Southampton Central station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Dover to Southampton is 150 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 28 min to drive from Dover to Southampton.

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