South Western Railway is a rail company owned by First Group and the MTR Corporation. It serves 213 stations and operates 185 of them, and has a fleet of 368 trains (as of June 2023).
Looking for cheap fares? If you’re travelling on South Western Railway, you can buy an ‘Evening Out’ ticket on a Monday to Saturday. This allows you to arrive in London after 14:00 and leave again after 19:00.
On a Sunday, it’s valid at anytime and it’s known as the ‘Sunday Out’. When you book with Railsmartr, we’ll automatically offer these tickets if they’re the cheapest option. Here are some example return fares:
- Woking to London Waterloo – £15.50
- Basingstoke to Southampton Central – £14.50
- Windsor & Eton Riverside to London Waterloo – £12.50.
On board services
All trains have overhead luggage racks. On long-distance services, you’ll also find larger luggage stacks.
Free WiFi is available on all South Western Railway services.
On the majority of the South Western Railway network, you can bring bikes on trains without the need to book ahead. On weekdays, there are some restrictions for trains arriving and leaving Clapham Junction and London Waterloo. There’s more information in our dedicated guide to travelling with bikes.
Up to two dogs, cats or other small domestic animals can travel free in both Standard and 1st Class.
You can find out more about Passenger Assist on our dedicated page.