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

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Train via St Pancras International  •  3 h 2 min

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

$62 - $92

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Bus  •  6 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Folkestone, Bus Station to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals 021 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station to Southampton City Centre, Coach Station 032 / ...

$20 - $27

3 alternative options

Train  •  3 h 26 min

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

$60 - $87

Bus, train  •  7 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Folkestone, East Kent College to Ashford International Railway Station 10
  2. Take the train from Ashford International to Eastbourne
  3. Take the train from Brighton to Southampton Central

$73 - $118

Drive  •  2 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Folkestone to Southampton 143.4 miles

$30 - $45

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The cheapest way to get from Folkestone to Southampton is to bus which costs £15 - £21 and takes 6 h 10 min.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Folkestone station to Southampton station. However, there are services departing from Folkestone, Bus Station and arriving at Southampton City Centre, Coach Station via Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 10 min.

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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 26 min.

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The distance between Folkestone and Southampton is 113 miles. The road distance is 143.4 miles.

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The best way to get from Folkestone to Southampton without a car is to train which takes 3 h 2 min and costs £45 - £70.

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It takes approximately 3 h 2 min to get from Folkestone to Southampton, including transfers.

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Folkestone to Southampton bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Folkestone, Bus Station.

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Folkestone to Southampton train services, operated by Southeastern, depart from Folkestone Central station.

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The best way to get from Folkestone to Southampton is to train which takes 3 h 2 min and costs £45 - £70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £21 and takes 6 h 10 min.

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Map of how to get from Folkestone to Southampton.
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  • Distance: 113.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 2 min

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 2 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Folkestone to Southampton via Victoria Coach Station Arrivals and Belgravia, Victoria Coach Station in around 6 h 10 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
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Train from Folkestone Central to London Waterloo East
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Schedules at
southeasternrailway.co.uk
Off-Peak Day Single
$30 - $50
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $50
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Ashford International to Eastbourne
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$25 - $40
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Brighton to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
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 38 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$19 - $30
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $60
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 Folkestone, Bus Station to Victoria Coach Station Arrivals
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
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
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Folkestone, East Kent College to Ashford International Railway Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Folkestone to Southampton is 143 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 22 min to drive from Folkestone to Southampton.

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