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

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Train  •  3h 19m

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

$60 - $87

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Bus  •  6h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Canterbury to London Victoria Coach Station National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade National Express / ...

$25 - $35

2 alternative options

Bus, train  •  6h 57m

  1. Take the bus from Folkestone, Bus Station to Rye, Railway Station
  2. Take the train from Hastings to Brighton
  3. Take the train from Brighton to Southampton Central

$64 - $108

Drive  •  2h 22m

  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 £19 - £27 and takes 6h 20m.

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

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No, there is no direct bus from Folkestone to Southampton station. However, there are services departing from Folkestone, Radnor Park and arriving at Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade via Canterbury and London Victoria Coach Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 20m.

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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 3h 19m.

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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 3h 19m and costs £45 - £70.

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It takes approximately 3h 19m to get from Folkestone to Southampton, including transfers.

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Folkestone to Southampton bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Canterbury 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 3h 19m and costs £45 - £70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £27 and takes 6h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Folkestone to Southampton.
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  • Distance: 113.2 miles
  • Duration: 3h 19m

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

You can take a train from Folkestone to Southampton via London Waterloo East and London Waterloo in around 3h 19m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Folkestone to Southampton via Canterbury, Bus Station, Canterbury, and London Victoria Coach Station in around 6h 20m.

Train operators
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Hastings to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Brighton to Southampton Central
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
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
1h 38m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $25
Advanced Single
$16 - $24
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 Canterbury to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
National Express
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade
Ave. Duration
2h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
National Express
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Folkestone, Bus Station to Rye, Railway Station
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $13
Website
Stagecoach in East Kent

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Folkestone to Southampton bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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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 2h 22m to drive from Folkestone to Southampton.

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