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Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

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Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

Hoping someone can help me figure out the best (and affordable) way to travel by train, leaving early on a Saturday morning in May, returning in late afternoon, that will take me from near Charing Cross to Havant. I'll be spending a couple of hours there, then wish to go to Brighton for a couple of hours before leaving for Greenwich. Any suggestions/advice?

Thanks so much for any help.

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1. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

Trains from Victoria and from Waterloo make their way to Havant, with travel time from an hour and a quarter to just under two hours. Havant to Brighton is another hour on the train.

How best to make the journey depends on when in May you plan to travel, as weekend works may mean a reduced service or replacement buses for some of the journeys.

Let us know more, please, including your start point near Charing Cross. Where in Greenwich is your destination? If there are planned works on the DLR the day you wish to travel you may again have to re-think the journey.

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2. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

Thanks for your prompt reply. Based on the short time we're in London (before a cruise), we're hoping to make this trip on Saturday, May 11th. Our hotel is the Charing Cross Goeman Hotel. Our friends have a relative in Havant who we want to meet at a local pub. Since we're relatively close, we thought it would be nice to see Brighton before heading back to London. In Greenwich, we want to go to the Royal Observatory. Do you think this is doable? Again, thanks so much for the advice.

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3. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

You're welcome.

There are tickets available for £5 per person for the London Victoria to Havant journey on 11 May; train departing Victoria at 0902 and arriving in Havant at 1045.

Havant to Brighton may (according to the National Rail website) be subject to planned works on the day you wish to travel. Trains for that journey are slow, stopping trains as well, a bit of a pokey journey.

I don't think you would have time to travel from Brighton to Greenwich and the Royal Observatory, although that would depend to some extent on time spent in Havant and Brighton. Trains from Brighton to London Bridge take an hour, then another 10 minutes to Greenwich rail station and a walk to the Observatory.

www.nationalrail.co.uk is a good place to start; keep an eye on www.southernrailway.com for news of weekend disruptions.

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4. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

I think from memory that London Waterloo to Havant is a faster service than from London Victoria. Waterloo's also easier to get to from Charing Cross - a short two stops on the tube or walk across the bridge.

Havant & Brighton in one day is doable, but Brighton really deserves 3 or more hours to do it justice.

Meanwhile Greenwich is a good half-day at least.

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5. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

If this is supposed to be a holiday, can I suggest that this is just too much to try and do in one day. In particular, it'll be evening before you're back in London. The observatory at Greenwich will be closed by then.

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6. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

Trains from Waterloo to Havant leave every half hour and take 1 hour, 15 mins.

There are 2 trains from Havant to Brighton each hour, with a journey time of just over an hour. However, as TP noted, engineering works are planned for this journey on 11 May, which means that your journey will be diverted/delayed. IME, engineering works on that line means a bus replacement service for all or part of the journey, which at least doubles the journey time.

Trains from Brighton to Greenwich take about 1 hour, 15 mins, but involve a change of train at London Bridge. The last admission to the Royal Observatory is at 16.30.

Even without engineering works, you're looking at 3.5 hours spent on trains, and possibly another hour or so on a bus if works on the line go ahead. You won't have a chance to see anything in Brighton, and you're unlikely to make it to the Royal Observatory on time. And, as said above, Brighton is a day trip in itself, and Greenwich is at least a half-day trip, if not a day trip. Squeezing them in together, even without Havant, would short-change them both.

But, if you're still keen, perhaps the friend in Havant could meet you in Brighton for brunch? If not, skip the Brighton portion of the trip.

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7. Re: Train from London to Havant to Brighton to Greenwich

Thanks, again, for the great advice. These forums are a terrific source of info.

We'll rethink the Brighton segment.

Have a great day, everyone!

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