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Southampton Central Train Station


Southampton Central Station
Blechynden Terrace
SO15 1AL
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Station overview

A ticket office is available. Ticket office
Baby changing facilities are available. Baby changing facilities
A ticket machine is available. Ticket machine
A waiting room is available. Waiting room
Wheelchairs are available. Wheelchairs
Wi-Fi is available. Wi-Fi
Toilets are available. Toilets
A post box is available. Post box
Facility Information
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 A ticket machine is available.
Collection of pre-purchased tickets Collection of pre-purchased tickets is available.
Get Oyster card here Oyster Pre-Pay not is available.
Top up Oyster pay as you go here Oyster top up is not available.
Use Oyster pay as you go here Oyster top up is not available.
Service Information
British Transport Police 0800 40 50 40
CCTV CCTV systems are available.
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)

Information Systems
  • Departure screens
Service Information
Southampton Central Station customer services

Please contact our Customer Service Centre on 0345 6000 650

Left luggage Left luggage is not available.
Left luggage contact details


Lost property Lost property is available at the station. Monday to Friday: 07:30 to 19:00 Saturday to Sunday: No
Lost property contact details


Facility Information
Lounge A first class lounge is not available.
Lounge opening hours A first class lounge is not available.
Facility Information
Seating area A seating area is available.
Waiting rooms Waiting rooms are available.
Trolleys Trolleys are available.
Refreshment facilities Refreshment facilities are available.
Toilets Toilets are available.
Baby changing Baby changing facilities are available.

Separate baby changing room located adjacent to toilets on Platform 4, off waiting room.

Pay phone Pay phones are not available.
Public Wi-Fi Wi-Fi is available.

Find WiFi Hotspots around Southampton Central station

Post box A Post box is available.
Tourist information office A tourist information office is not available.
Cashpoint An ATM machine is available.
Bureau de change A bureau de change is not available.
Shops Shops are available.
Showers Showers are not available.
Facility Information
Helpline information A helpline is available. Monday to Friday:24 Hours a Day Saturday:24 Hours a Day Sunday:24 Hours a Day

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.

Helpline contact details

0800 5282100


Customer help points Customer help points are available.

Help points are available on all platforms

Staff help Staff help is available.

The station is staffed 24 hours a day.

Staff help opening times Monday: 00:00 to 02:00 Sunday: 00:00 to 01:00
Accessible ticket machines Accessible ticket machines are available.

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 An accessible ticket office counter is available.
Induction loop An induction loop is available.
Ramp for train access A ramp for train access is available.
Accessible taxis Accessible taxis are available.
Accessible public pay phones Accessible public pay phones are not available.
National key toilets National key toilets are available.
Step free access coverage Whole Station

Step-free category A Station - This station has step-free access to all platforms.

Impaired mobility set down Impaired mobility set down Machine is not available.
Disabled parking Disable parking is not available.
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs are available.
Ticket gates Ticket gates are present.
Southampton Central Car Park (upside & downside)
Spaces 182
Contact details
Southampton Central Car Park (premium)
Contact details
Bus services available Bus services are available.
Bus services information

Information to plan your onward journey is available in a printable format here

Cycle storage available Cycle storage is available.
Storage type Stands, Racks
Spaces 392
Sheltered Yes
Storage location

Platform 1 - 200 spaces

Platform 4 - 44 spaces

Outside Platform 1 entrance - A new bike hut with 140 two tier spaces

Transport Information
Taxi rank available

Yes outside Platform 1 exit

Airport available Airport information is not available.
Port available Port information is available.

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.

Things to do in Southampton

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.

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