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South West Trains

South West Trains operates train services fanning out from London Waterloo to Salisbury, Exeter, Weymouth, Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester, Portsmouth, Guildford, Reading (via Ascot) and many points in between.

South West Trains' train services are a mixture of long-distance express services and local stopping services; look at off-peak travel times for cheap train fares on the long distance journeys.

The main long-distance routes are from London Waterloo to Weymouth (via Winchester, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Dorchester), London Waterloo to Portsmouth (via Woking, Guildford and Haslemere), and London Waterloo to Exeter (via Woking, Basingstoke, Andover, Salisbury, Yeovil and Honiton).

There are also plenty of local services from Waterloo to London's south west suburbs and as far as Reading, Windsor, Alton and Dorking. South West Trains also operates the Island Line (Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin) on the Isle of Wight and services to both Lymington Pier and Portsmouth Harbour from both of which regular ferries to the Isle of Wight can be caught.

Facilities Onboard South West Trains

The facilities described below are not available on all services; generally longer-distance services will have more facilities.

First Class

First Class accommodation is available on most South West Trains services.


Onboard catering is provided by an at-seat trolley service on services from London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids, Bournemouth and Portsmouth Harbour.

Quiet Zones

Quiet zones are available on most services and can be identified by the blue labels in the window. Don't forget to select 'quiet coach' when booking train tickets with assertis.