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South East England is blessed with a number of direct rail links with mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel.

Eurostar operates a number of direct services to stations located in South East England as well as to London. There are many rail operators throughout South East England, providing a convenient means of transport from which to explore the region.

For an exciting day out on the railway, find out more information about the best steam railways in South East England.


Train operators in South East England:

The UK has an extensive rail network, with excellent connections in the South East. To find out more and plan your journey, visit their website.

Train operators covering the South East region include:

South Western Railway - The South Western Railway network includes routes through Hampshire, Surrey, Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Devon, Somerset, and Greater London, serving a mixture of commuters and longer-distance travellers.

Southeastern - Southeastern run train services into London from Kent and East Sussex. 

Southern - Southern Railways provide train services between South and central London and the South coast, through East and West Sussex, Surrey and parts of Kent and Hampshire. 

Great Western Railway - Great Western Railway run services from across from the West Country from Penzance through to Brighton, London, and as far as Swansea, Banbury and Hereford. First Great Western also have scenic routes and steam lines. 

Chiltern Railways - Chiltern Railways operate along scenic routes from London into Buckinghamshire and Shakespeare country.

Cross Country - The Cross Country network stretches across England with links into cities in the south east.

Gatwick Express - The Gatwick Express provides a speedy and reliable service between London Victoria station and Gatwick Airport. 


If you’re travelling from overseas by rail, you can reach South East England easily using Eurostar. Here is a list of the international rail stations servicing South East England:

  • Ebbsfleet International
  • Ashford International
  • London St Pancreas International

Find out more at the Eurostar website



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