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There are 12 ways to get from Southampton to Inverness by train, plane, bus, night train or car

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Train, train to London Heathrow, fly to Inverness  •  5h 33m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  3. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Inverness (INV) LHR - INV

£86 - £783

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Bus  •  15h 30m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Glasgow
  3. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M10

£50 - £70

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Train to Bristol, fly to Inverness  •  5h 27m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
  2. Fly from Bristol (BRS) to Inverness (INV) BRS - INV

£81 - £302

Train, train to London Luton, fly to Inverness  •  5h 52m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from West Hampstead Thameslink to Luton
  3. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Inverness (INV) LTN - INV

£82 - £403

Train to London Gatwick, fly to Inverness  •  5h 23m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Inverness (INV) LGW - INV

£71 - £446

Fly Southampton to Edinburgh, train  •  7h 11m

  1. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Edinburgh (EDI) SOU - EDI
  2. Take the train from Edinburgh Gateway to Inverness

£108 - £588

Fly Southampton to Glasgow, train  •  8h 7m

  1. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Glasgow (GLA) SOU - GLA
  2. Take the train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness

£108 - £433

Train, train to London Heathrow, fly to Aberdeen  •  7h 51m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  3. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Aberdeen (ABZ) LHR - ABZ
  4. Take the train from Dyce to Inverness

£112 - £478

Train  •  10h 38m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Inverness

£113 - £622

Train, bus  •  12h 20m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
  3. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M90 / ...

£209 - £615

Train, night train  •  13h 49m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the night train from London Euston to Inverness

£85 - £124

Drive  •  9h 44m

  1. Drive from Southampton to Inverness 578.8 miles

£85 - £130

Southampton to Inverness by train and subway

The journey time between Southampton and Inverness is around 10h 9m and covers a distance of around 661 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 10h 2m. Operated by South Western Railway, London Underground (Tube) and LNER, the Southampton to Inverness service departs from Southampton Central and arrives in Inverness. Typically seven services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
10h 9m
Fastest journey time:
10h 2m
Services per week:
7
Cheapest price:
£113
Carbon emissions:
55 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
09:25
Last service departs at:
10:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Southampton to Inverness train and subway schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Inverness is to bus which costs £50 - £70 and takes 15h 30m.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Inverness is to train and fly which costs £70 - £450 and takes 5h 23m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Inverness station. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Inverness, Bus Station via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Buchanan Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 15h 30m.

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Inverness. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Inverness via Waterloo station, Leicester Square station and London Kings Cross. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 38m.

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The distance between Southampton and Inverness is 471 miles. The road distance is 578.8 miles.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Inverness without a car is to train which takes 10h 38m and costs £110 - £650.

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It takes approximately 5h 33m to get from Southampton to Inverness, including transfers.

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Southampton to Inverness bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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

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The best way to get from Southampton to Inverness is to train which takes 10h 38m and costs £110 - £650. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £50 - £70 and takes 15h 30m.

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Inverness.
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  • Distance: 471 miles
  • Duration: 5h 33m

What companies run services between Southampton, England and Inverness, Scotland?

You can take a train from Southampton to Inverness via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Leicester Square station, King's Cross St. Pancras station, and London Kings Cross in around 10h 38m. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Inverness via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Buchanan Bus Station in around 15h 30m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £410
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £460
Flights from Southampton to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £380
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £410
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£120 - £600
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Southampton to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
1h 23m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £450
Flights from Southampton to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£130 - £380
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Bristol to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£40 - £240
Flights from London Luton to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £120
Flights from London Gatwick to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1h 47m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £190
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Inverness via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£90 - £650
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £600
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Aberdeen via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£120 - £600
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
Train from Southampton Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£70 - £200
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£70 - £85
Anytime Day 1st Class
£140 - £200
Train from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5h 2m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£120 - £320
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£120 - £160
Anytime Day 1st Class
£220 - £320
TfL Rail
Phone
0343 222 1234
Website
tfl.gov.uk
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£6 - £10
Website
TfL Rail
Offpeak (Contactless or Oyster)
£6 - £10
Peak (Contactless or Oyster)
£11 - £19
First Great Western Service
Phone
+44 3457 000 125
Email
gwr.feedback@gwr.com
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£11 - £14
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£11 - £14
Anytime Day 1st Class
£18 - £25
Train from Southampton Central to Bristol Temple Meads
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£28 - £35
Website
First Great Western Service
Anytime Day
£28 - £35
Anytime Day 1st Class
£45 - £65
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £70
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£35 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£55 - £70
Train from Southampton Central to Clapham Junction
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £65
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£55 - £65
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from West Hampstead Thameslink to Luton
Ave. Duration
27 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £16
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£12 - £16
First ScotRail Service
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Edinburgh Gateway to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 24m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£35 - £110
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£80 - £110
Train from Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£35 - £120
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£35 - £55
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£90 - £120
Train from Dyce to Inverness
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£21 - £65
Website
First ScotRail Service
Anytime Day Single
£21 - £35
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£50 - £65
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from London Kings Cross to Inverness
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£75 - £550
Website
lner.co.uk
Advance Single
£75 - £110
Anytime Day Single
£240 - £350
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£390 - £550
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£28 - £40
Website
Scottish Citylink
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 35m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
Scottish Citylink
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 Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
National Express
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Glasgow
Ave. Duration
7h 50m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£14 - £18
Website
National Express

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Inverness Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 40m.

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Southampton to Inverness bus services, operated by Scottish Citylink, arrive at Inverness, Bus Station.

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Southampton to Inverness train services, operated by LNER, arrive at Inverness station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southampton to Inverness is 579 miles. It takes approximately 9h 44m to drive from Southampton to Inverness.

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British Airways and KLM offer flights from London Heathrow Airport to Inverness Airport.

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There are 243+ hotels available in Inverness. Prices start at £75 per night.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Southampton Airport is to train which takes 10 min and costs £2 - £85.

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