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There are 6 ways to get from Southampton to Calais by train, bus, car ferry, car or car train

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

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Train  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun Est

$75 - $148

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Bus  •  8 h 15 min

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

$18 - $25

4 alternative options

Train via Ashford(Kent) Int.  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo East to Ashford International
  3. Take the train from Ashford(Kent) Int. to Calais-Fréthun Est

$90 - $134

Train, bus, car ferry  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Brighton
  2. Take the train from Brighton to Hastings
  3. Take the bus from Rye, Railway Station to Dover Priory station
  4. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais

Drive, Eurotunnel  •  2 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Folkestone
  2. Take the Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais

$201 - $215

Drive, car ferry  •  3 h 9 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Dover
  2. Take the car ferry from Dover to Calais

$57 - $82

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Calais is to bus which costs £13 - £20 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Calais is to drive and Eurotunnel which costs £150 - £170 and takes 2 h 47 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Calais. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Calais via London. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 15 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Calais. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Calais Ville via London Waterloo East, Ashford(Kent) Int. and Calais-Fréthun. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 23 min.

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The distance between Southampton and Calais is 143 miles.

The best way to get from Southampton to Calais without a car is to train which takes 4 h 20 min and costs £55 - £120.

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It takes approximately 4 h 20 min to get from Southampton to Calais, including transfers.

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

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Southampton to Calais train services, operated by South Western Railway, depart from Southampton Central station.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Calais is to train which takes 4 h 20 min and costs £55 - £120. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £13 - £20 and takes 8 h 15 min.

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Calais.
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  • Distance: 142.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 20 min

What companies run services between Southampton, England and Calais, France?

You can take a train from Southampton to Calais via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Euston station, London St. Pancras International, and Calais-Fréthun in around 4 h 20 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Calais via London Victoria Coach Station and London in around 8 h 15 min.

Train operators
Eurostar
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Contact Details
Website
eurostar.com
Train from London St. Pancras International to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$40 - $90
Premier
$85 - $110
Train from Ashford(Kent) Int. to Calais-Fréthun
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
4 times a week
Estimated price
$29 - $40
Website
eurostar.com
Standard
$29 - $40
Premier
$45 - $60
Southern
Website
southernrailway.com
Train from Southampton Central to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1 h 52 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Brighton to Hastings
Ave. Duration
1 h 9 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$24 - $35
Website
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
southernrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Southampton Central to Brighton
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$30 - $60
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$19 - $30
Advanced Single
$21 - $30
Anytime Day Single
$30 - $60
Eurotunnel
Phone
+44 (0) 8443 35 35 35
Website
eurotunnel.com
Car train from Folkestone to Calais
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$171
Website
eurotunnel.com
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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Website
nationalexpress.com
Ouibus

As the bus subsidiary of French railway SNCF, Ouibus offers comfortable, eco-friendly coaches serving 35 French cities and 11 European cities at affordable fares. Ouibus journeys are safe and comfortable, with the four-star coaches offering power outlets, restrooms and WiFi. All Ouibus stations are located close to town centres for easy access to public transport. Getting on one of the 130 daily journeys is easy - electronic travel documents include your ticket and a personalised mini-guide with handy information.

Contact Details
Phone
0890715298
Website
ouibus.com
Bus from London to Calais
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
Ouibus
Stagecoach in East Kent
Email
customer.services@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Rye, Railway Station to Dover Priory station
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
Stagecoach in East Kent
Ferry operators

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Southampton to Calais bus services, operated by Ouibus, arrive at Calais station.

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Calais is 1 h ahead of Southampton. It is currently 5:53 PM in Southampton and 6:53 PM in Calais.

Southampton to Calais train services, operated by Eurostar, arrive at Calais-Fréthun station.

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There are 244+ hotels available in Calais. Prices start at $66 USD per night.

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