There are 4 ways to get from Southampton to Plymouth 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 Reading  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Plymouth

$137 - $235

Cheapest option

Bus  •  6 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way National Express

$16 - $21

2 alternative options

Train South Western Railway  •  4 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Salisbury to Exeter St Davids
  2. Take the train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth

$65 - $128

Drive  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Plymouth 151.8 miles

$30 - $50

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Plymouth is to bus which costs £12 - £17 and takes 6 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Plymouth is to drive which costs £25 - £40 and takes 2 h 49 min.

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The distance between Southampton and Plymouth is 126 miles. The road distance is 151.8 miles.

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It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to get from Southampton to Plymouth, including transfers.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade station and arriving at Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 30 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Plymouth. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Plymouth via Reading. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 23 min.

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The nearest airport to Plymouth is Newquay (NQY) Airport which is 38.5 miles away. Other nearby airports include Exeter (EXT) (40.7 miles), Bristol (BRS) (94.4 miles), Guernsey (GCI) (95.2 miles) and Jersey (JER) (119.2 miles).

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Plymouth.
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  • Distance: 126.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 23 min

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Plymouth via Reading in around 4 h 23 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Southampton to Plymouth once daily. Tickets cost $16 - $21 and the journey takes 6 h 30 min.

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
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$24 - $35
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$26 - $40
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$100 - $180
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$50 - $80
Advanced Single
$50 - $80
Anytime Day Single
$100 - $180
Train from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$27 - $50
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $25
Advanced Single
$18 - $26
Anytime Day Single
$27 - $50
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 Plymouth Coach Station, Armada Way
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$16 - $21
Website
nationalexpress.com

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