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Getting here to visit Winchester

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Just one hour from London, Winchester lies surrounded by Hampshire’s countryside on the edge of the South Downs – ideally placed for a day out or short break in the South of England.

Getting here to visit Winchester:

By road: conveniently located just off Junctions 9, 10 and 11 of the M3. Also accessible via the A34 from Newbury and Oxford. Parking information is available here.

By rail: just an hour by direct train from London Waterloo, Winchester is also on direct routes from Southampton, Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Weymouth, Birmingham and the north of England. You can check for all your rail connections to Winchester from across the UK and Europe with Omio.

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By coach: National Express operate regular coach services to London, Heathrow and Oxford. St Catherine’s Park and Ride site is the departure/pick up point for National Express. Please allow extra time if using the bus service to get out to this point. National Express timetable.

By ferry: Winchester is a 40 minute drive from Portsmouth’s continental ferry port or approximately an hour by train from Portsmouth Harbour or Portsmouth & Southsea stations.

By Air: Winchester is just 15 minutes by road or rail from Southampton International Airport. London Heathrow is 50 miles away and London Gatwick is 72 miles away.

By Bus: Bluestar No. 1 service leaves Southampton City Centre (stop CU Hanover Buildings) approximately every 20 minutes. The journey takes 50 minutes to Winchester Bus Station and the bus station is across the road from the Visitor Information Centre, situated on The Broadway (postcode SO23 9GH)

Cruise: Winchester is a 20 minute drive from Southampton’s Cruise terminals.  For those arriving by cruise into Southampton, Winchester is easily reached from Southampton Central Train station, (take cruise company shuttle bus to city centre) with connections approximately 3 times an hour.

Winchester train station is situated a 5 minute walk from the city centre, or you can use the city’s park and ride bus service to travel from the station to the lower part of the city, where you will find the Visitor Information Centre.

For more information, to plan your journey and for timetables visit the websites below: