Please only travel if essential on Sunday 3 December, services are expected to be extremely busy due to industrial action and engineering work affecting other train operators - more information
We are aware of the ASLEF Union's plans for industrial action at CrossCountry on Thursday 7 December, and action short of a strike between Friday 1 to Saturday 9 December – more information
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|Ticket office information||
In main entrance and both booking halls
|Ticket office opening hours||Monday to Friday: 05:40 to 20:45 Saturday: 06:00 to 20:45 Sunday: 06:30 to 20:45|
|Self service ticket machines|
|Collection of pre-purchased tickets|
|British Transport Police||0800 40 50 40|
|Rail Replacement Service||
Rail replacement bus service goes from the north side (Blechynden Terrace) during engineering works. Overnight onward transport goes from the South side (West Quay side)
|Southampton Central station customer services||
Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650
|Lost property||Monday to Friday: 07:30 to 19:00|
|Lost property contact details|
|Lounge opening hours|
|Waiting room information||
All platforms. Waiting rooms are heated and seating complies with Code of Practice.
|Toilets information||The toilets are located in the Waiting Rooms on Platforms 1 and 4. The National key toilets are located on Platforms 1 and 4; these toilets are operated by a radar key. A radar key is available from station staff upon request. A 'National Key Scheme' key [RADAR] can be purchased by contacting the following. Address: 12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London, EC1V 8AF. Tel: 020 7250 3222. Minicom: 020 7250 4119. Fax: 020 7250 0212. Email: [email protected].|
|Public Wi-Fi||Find WiFi Hotspots around Southampton Central station|
|Post box information||
Outside Platform 1 entrance
|Tourist information office|
|Bureau de change|
Assistance from station staff is available to customers boarding and alighting trains, and moving through this station - at all times trains are running. Please make yourself known to staff at the Ticket Gateline. You can book assistance up to 2 hours before your journey when travelling on South Western Railway. Planning in advance isn't always possible so do not worry if you haven't booked - our staff will do their best to assist you onto your preferred train.Monday to Friday: 24 Hours a Day Saturday: 24 Hours a Day Sunday: 24 Hours a Day
|Helpline contact details||0800 5282100|
|Customer help points available|
|Customer help points information||
Help points are available on all platforms
The station is staffed 24 hours a day.
|Staff help opening times||Saturday: 00:00 to 02:00 Sunday: 00:00 to 01:00|
|Accessible ticket machines|
|Accessible ticket machines information||
All South Western Railway ticket machines are able to sell tickets with Disabled Persons Railcard discounts. All machines are accessible, however the station may not be so please check the station access note for further details
|Accessible ticket office counter|
|Ramp for train access|
|Accessible public pay phones|
|National key toilets|
|Step free access coverage||
Step-free category A Station - This station has step-free access to all platforms.
Please be aware that this station has no tactile paving on the platform edge.
|Impaired mobility set down|
|Station Car Park - upside|
Weekend tickets available after 1200 Friday £10.00
Off Peak from 1600 Monday to Sunday
Weekend tickets available after 1200 Friday £13.20
Off Peak from 1600 Monday to Sunday
|Bus services available|
|Bus services information||
Information to plan your onward journey is available in a printable format here
|Cycle storage available|
|Storage type||Lockers, Stands, Wheel Racks|
Platform 1 - 200 spaces
Platform 4 - 44 spaces
Outside Platform 4 entrance - 4 spaces
Outside Platform 1 entrance - A new bike hut with 140 two tier spaces
|Taxi rank available|
|Taxi rank information||
Yes outside Platform 4 exit
Southampton Cruise ship terminals.
Bus link to Town Quay for Isle of Wight Ferries.
Welcome to Southampton, a city proud to be shortlisted for the UK City of Culture 2025 award! Did you know when Southampton Central Station was built in 1895 it was originally on the bank of the River Test? As the city grew during the early 20th century, land reclamation projects led to the creation of the present-day docks, leaving the station landlocked.
Time doesn’t stand still in Southampton even though it has such a noteworthy history. Although it was only granted city status in 1964, Southampton has been around since before Norman times. It has been an important seafaring city for hundreds of years thanks to its location on the south coast providing easy access to France and the rest of Europe.
Closer to present day, Southampton has seen its fair share of ships heading west too. The Mayflower and Titanic both launched from Southampton, and today it continues this legacy as one of the country’s biggest departure ports for cruise lines.
Southampton Central to Winchester is only a 15 minute journey, making it a perfect destination for the day out. Other popular routes include Oxford to Southampton and York to Southampton. It couldn’t be easier to get to the seaside and take advantage of what this historic city has to offer.
When you visit Southampton you won’t be short of things to do. The city boasts a wide range of cultural, historical and educational attractions; as well as plenty of options if you’re simply looking to have fun.
As a city which can trace its routes back to the Norman invasion of England in the eleventh century, Southampton is alive with history. In 2022, the city celebrated the 800th anniversary of its first mayor and the medieval walls still standing. The Pilgrims departed Southampton in 1620 aboard the Mayflower. In recent years, the city was also one of the embarkation points for the D-Day landings. The famous Supermarine Spitfire was built in Southampton between 1938 and 1948 - over 20,000 of them.
Southampton is home to several major art galleries such as the Southampton City Art Gallery at the Civic Centre, and the John Hansard Gallery at Southampton University. There is more to be found in the city’s Cultural Quarter too, which can regularly be found hosting events including Pride, a skateboarding festival and Oktoberfest.
During September, the city holds its annual boat show - the biggest in the UK - and features over six hundred exhibitors from around the world.
If you are in town for sport it’s probably to see the Saints play at St Mary’s, but don’t forget about the cricket, hockey, golf or basketball. After all, there is a reason Southampton has been voted the fittest city in the UK!
Perhaps you are only visiting the city to leave it again on one of the many cruise ships which dock here. Southampton is the home port to some of the largest cruise ships in the world; and watching ships like the Queen Elizabeth 2 arrive home is quite a spectacle.
Do you want to watch a show while you are in town? The Mayflower Theatre has something for everyone; from intimate magic shows to West End productions. The O2 Guildhall was recently refurbished in 1989, and only a ten minute walk from Southampton Central, it regularly brings in some of the biggest names in music. If you prefer a more intimate venue then check out the Engine Room or one of the many club circuit venues around the city, such as the Dolphin or the Platform Tavern.
It's easy to see why Southampton is the largest shopping destination in the UK. The city is home to three major shopping centres, including Marlands, and Westquay which houses hundreds of shops as well as dining and entertainment options. If you are after something a little more unique look out for Robin’s Nest Emporium, Puja Sweet Mart or The Guitar Store.
Book a trip to Southampton for yourself, and see what else you can discover.