There are 5 ways to get from Folkestone to Southampton by train, bus or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train via St Pancras International  •  3 h 5 min

$64 - $98

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 43 min

  1. 022 / ...
  2. 032 / ...

$26 - $35

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 29 min

$62 - $93

Line 10 bus, train  •  6 h 10 min

  1. 10 / ...

$78 - $133

Drive  •  2 h 22 min

  1. 143.4 miles

$30 - $45

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

You can take a train from Folkestone to Southampton via St Pancras International, Euston Underground Station, Waterloo Underground Station, and London Waterloo in around 3 h 5 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Folkestone to Southampton via Canterbury, Bus Station, Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop), Victoria Coach Station Arrivals, and Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station in around 6 h 43 min.

Train operators
Southeastern
Phone
+44 345 322 7021
Website
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Train from Folkestone Central to St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
54 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$35 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Train from Folkestone Central to London Waterloo East
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Ashford International to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Brighton to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Brighton to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $65
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $25
Advanced Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $65
Bus operators
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Folkestone, Trinity Gardens to Ashford International Railway Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
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 - $15
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Folkestone and Southampton is 181 km. The road distance is 230 km.

The cheapest way to get from Folkestone to Southampton is to bus which costs £19 - £26 and takes 6 h 43 min.

The quickest way to get from Folkestone to Southampton is to drive which takes 2 h 22 min and costs £23 - £35.

No, there is no direct train from Folkestone to Southampton. However, there are services departing from Folkestone Central and arriving at Southampton Central via London Waterloo. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3 h 29 min.

No, there is no direct bus from Folkestone to Southampton. However, there are services departing from Folkestone Central Railway Station and arriving at Southampton City Centre, Coach Station via Canterbury, Bus Station (Travel Shop) and Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 43 min.

It takes approximately 3 h 5 min to get from Folkestone to Southampton, including transfers.