Travel from Birmingham to Southampton in comfort with CrossCountry and book Advance tickets on journeys up to 15 minutes before their scheduled departure time.
Travel from Birmingham to Southampton in comfort with CrossCountry, without the need to change in London. Our trains will take you through the stunning English countryside, past beautiful historic towns, quaint villages, fields, hills and woodlands. Arrive right in the heart of Southampton ready to explore.
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Travelling to Southampton
First CrossCountry train - 10:04
Last CrossCountry train - 20:04
Travelling from Birmingham to Southampton
Southampton has much to offer visitors, with beaches, forests and wild countryside, as well as excellent shopping, theatre, music and museums. With so much to choose from, the real choice will be how long to stay for!
Are there direct trains from Birmingham to Southampton?
Yes, with CrossCountry it is possible to travel direct from Birmingham to Southampton without the need to change.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Birmingham to Southampton?
On a longer journey like this, you can take full advantage of all the comforts CrossCountry provides. With a range of seating options including table seats, charge points for your devices, and designated luggage storage, your journey will pass in a flash. You will also find an at-seat service of light refreshments on all our trains and some even have a catering coach with a wider range of snacks and hot options. For the next level of comfort, upgrade to First Class.
Does Southampton Central Station have step-free access?
Yes, Southampton Central Station has step free access throughout. The station is also accessible to those with a range of mobility needs, with ramps for train access, and accessible ticket machines and counters. Help reaching platforms is also available for those who require it.
How far is the city centre?
Southampton Central Station is conveniently located within a stone’s throw of many of the shopping areas and tourist attractions.
Does the station have family areas?
Southampton Central Station has baby changing facilities, as well as waiting rooms which are ideal for family use. Should you prefer, there are also cafés in the station where you can wait with children.
For more information about Southampton Central Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Southampton
Onward travel: Buses & Taxis
Upon arriving in Southampton, there are a couple of choices available to visitors who wish to make an onward journey. A bus service links the city centre with the suburbs and surrounding areas. If you prefer to travel by cab, a taxi rank is available at the station. If you plan to continue to Southampton Airport, catch a train to Southampton Airport Parkway.
If you wish to make the most of the shopping available in Southampton during your stay, CrossCountry has got you covered. The city centre near the station offers a wide range of options. Westquay shopping centre is amongst the best of these with a variety of high street favourites, as well as lots of cafés and restaurants where you can take a load off.
For independent shopping, Bedford Place and Oxford Street both offer plenty of boutique stores and are imbued with the sense of history that pervades this charming city.
Much of the charm of Southampton lies in its location. Whether you want a romantic walk along the beach or prefer to take your family to see the New Forest wild horses, there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and about.
If you prefer to stay indoors, the city also has plenty to offer. Despite its small size, it has an eclectic array of theatres, music venues, and world-class museums. One stand-out is the Southampton City Art Gallery, where you can immerse yourself in art history from the Renaissance to contemporary work. Another perk of this compact city is that all its amazing eateries are within walking distance of each other – you can have dinner, dessert and drinks each at a different cool place.
Rainy Day Activities in Southampton
Bored of getting wet in downpours? Are the kids going stir-crazy cooped up inside? There’s no need to get fed up sheltering from the rain, as there are plenty of rainy day activities to enjoy when you visit Southampton.
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