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If you're after Southern train tickets, look no further. At TrainPal, we'll show you where Southern can take you and how to book the best value fares for your journey. To find Southern tickets, simply start a search above, and we'll show you the best available journey times and prices. Keep reading for more information on classes, onboard amenities, destinations, and cheap train ticket tips.

About Southern

Southern Railway (SR), sometimes abbreviated as 'Southern', was a British railroad company founded in 1923. It connected London to the Channel ports of South West England and the south coast resort of Kent. The railroad was formed by the merger of several smaller railroad companies. The largest were the London & South Western Railway (LSWR), the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LB&SCR), and the South Eastern & Chatham Railway (SE&CR). Construction of what would become the Southern Railway began with the opening of the London & Southampton Railway, renamed the London & South Western Railway, in 1838. The railroad was known for its skillful use of public relations and a coherent management structure headed by Sir Herbert Walker. At 2,186 miles (3,518 km) in length, the Southern Railway was the smallest of the Big Four railroads, and unlike the others, the bulk of its revenues came from passenger traffic, not freight. It created the world's largest electrified main line rail system at the time and the first electrified intercity route (London - Brighton). There were two chief mechanical engineers. Richard Mansell (1923-1937) and Oliver Bulleid (1937-1948), who designed new locomotives and rolling stock to replace much of what had been inherited in 1923. He supplied the Expeditionary Force during the Dunkirk campaign and Operation Overlord in 1944. Its success was an even more remarkable achievement because the railroad was primarily a passenger network. Southern Railway operated a number of well-known trains, including the Brighton Belle, Bournemouth Belle, Golden Arrow, and Knight Ferry (London - Paris and Brussels). West Country service was dominated by lucrative summer holiday traffic and included named trains such as the Atlantic Coast Express and Devon Belle. The company's most famous paint scheme was very distinctive. Locomotives and coaches were painted a bright malachite green over a pitch black frame with bold, bright yellow lettering. Southern Railway was nationalized in 1948 and became the Southern Region of British Railways.

Southern Route Map

Unsure about where to start your Southern adventure? Use our map to plan out where you want to go. From London, you can enjoy high-speed services to destinations like Liverpool, Edinburgh and Manchester. Southern are one of the primary rail operators in the UK, providing services from London Euston and a number of major terminals including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street. Many of the routes feature high-speed services with no changes required, making Southern an excellent alternative to air travel if you're looking to traverse up or down the length of the country.

What can Southern offers

Southern will do its best to make every customer satisfied. The following are services that Southern offers.
  • 1. Assisted Travel
  • At Southern we’re committed to accessible travel for everyone. Our assisted travel scheme Passenger Assist helps passengers with disabilities and older people who need a little extra help using our services.
  • 2. Flexi Season Ticket
  • Commute your way, with the new Flexi Season ticket on Smartcard
  • 3. Free Onboard WiFi
  • Southern provides free WiFi to all customers.
  • How to Get Cheap Southern tickets

    Looking for cheap train tickets on Southern routes? We've got you covered! Check out the suggestions below and discover tips you can use to save on your next train journey.
    Book in advance
    Book in advance
    If you're planning your journey in advance, take note that UK train tickets are generally available to book 3 months before the departure date. Keep an eye out for Advance tickets - they tend to be cheaper but have the potential to sell out quickly, especially on popular routes.
    Travel Off-Peak
    Travel Off-Peak
    Looking to save on UK trains? Book reduced fares by selecting times of the day that aren't so busy. When you search for trains with us, we'll show you all of the options available for your trip and point out low-priced recommendations.
    Split Tickets
    TrainPal can help travellers save up to 95.25% of the original rail fare in the U.K. In addition to the traditional split ticketing features, TrainPal also offers a flexible split ticketing option which give travellers the best value to help you save even more. First class split tickets are also available.
    Use your Railcard
    National Railcards offer up to 1/3 off train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a TrainPal Railcard.

    Southern Train Classes

    Standard Class

    • Free WiFi
    • Comfortable seats

    First Class

    • Free WiFi
    • First class accommodation
    • More space and more comfortable seats

    Travelling with a Railcard

    Travelling with Southern a few times a year? Get a Railcard and you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys. Click on one of the Railcard types below to see the various eligibility requirements.


    · Great for ages 16-25 solo travel
    · Save 1/3 on eligible rail-travel fares
    · Average annual savings up to £189!
    · 3-year Railcard available to under 24s only

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    · Great for ages 26-30 solo travel
    · Save 1/3 on eligible rail-travel fares
    · Average annual savings up to £251!

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    · For ages 16+ couples travel together
    · Named passengers save 1/3 on eligible fares
    · £15 each! Best discount for couple travel

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    · Great for families who love to travel
    · 1-4 adults save 1/3 on eligible fares, 1-4 children save 60%
    · Average annual savings up to £114!

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    More info about Southern

    Do your stations have car parks?
    Many of our stations have car parks managed by APCOA.
    Are your trains accessible for people with disabilities?
    All our trains can be used by disabled people. We offer an assisted travel service if you need help at our stations to get on the train - for example a wheelchair ramp.
    Can I take my bike on Southern trains?
    If you have a folding bike, you can take it folded on any train at any time and in any place. We cannot always accommodate non-folding bikes. You can take non-folding bikes on many of our trains.
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