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  • James D.
    "Costa Coffee just outside the north entrance"(3 Tips)
    Samantha C.
    "Upper crust sell their baguettes off for £2 at the end of the day"(3 Tips)
    Paul J.
    "large packs of Haribo Kiddies Supermix at WHSmith platform"(3 Tips)
    Matt C.
    "The cookies you can buy at the platform shop are crispy, not gooey."(2 Tips)
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  • 🎅Matt B.
    🎅Matt BaxterOctober 24, 2011
    Type 'bite card' into google a they're free with no strings attached - no spam or anything. They give you 20% off food and drinks in all railway station outlets :) very handy for students!!
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MelhuishJune 1, 2014
    CityLink is no longer free. £1 to WestQuay, Old Town and Town Quay. Free if you have a ferry or thru ticket to the Isle of Wight though.
  • Shaun S.
    Shaun SmithJune 22, 2012
    Contrary to the signs on the ground of platform 1, the paint is not actually wet any more. You can lean against the RSJ with no fear of ruining your clothes with paint marks.
  • Shaun S.
    Shaun SmithJuly 5, 2012
    Savage ticket queues at 08:00 on the down side. Leave plenty of time ti buy a ticket (alternatively, staff the station properly during rush hour)
  • terry c.
    terry conleyJune 8, 2012
    Very good maintenance being done, have revamped toys r us side since ive last been. Looking nearly as nice as our premier league stadium!!!
  • James D.
    James DocJune 5, 2012
    There is a Costa Coffee just outside the north entrance, cheaper coffee than the station and a lot warmer too!
  • Giles A.
    Giles Ashley-DownJanuary 2, 2015
    Options here for food/drink etc but is pricey. You are better off leaving the station by platform 1, crossing to road and going to the co-op opposite as its far cheaper. Also a Costa and subway there.
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MelhuishApril 30, 2013
    The 0800 to London starts as two trains - they join here. So wait around (first half arrives 0752) and there could be more seats at the back!
  • Alexander M.
    Alexander MelhuishMay 12, 2013
    New automated Brompton hire at this station, next to the car park on the 'up' (platform 1) side.
  • Paul J.
    Paul JuanJuly 26, 2011
    Special offer on large packs of Haribo Kiddies Supermix at WHSmith platform 1 - just £1 - Kids and grown ups love them so ...
  • Lewis D.
    Lewis DayNovember 21, 2012
    Make sure to get a free bite card to get 20% off food and drink at stations and airports across the UK.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WeavingOctober 20, 2010
    For those early morning commutes Costa opens at 6:30 (sometimes earlier) that is outside on the London Bound side.
  • Keeley B.
    Keeley BullisApril 7, 2011
    DON'T get a taxi from outside, they are stupidly expensive. Call one. 02380 666666 is a good one. And quick too.
  • Gemma L.
    Gemma LocansJuly 29, 2012
    2nd Sunday in a row I've been stuck on a train with delays because of a fault! Same destination as well... Cheers.
  • Natalie N.
    Natalie NoellerAugust 29, 2012
    Slow service at the coffee shop on platform 1 allow enough time so you don't miss your train!
  • Mike K.
    Mike KellyFebruary 25, 2012
    This station is great if you do not need to switch platforms! Close the docks and local hotels.
  • James C.
    James ClarksonMay 3, 2011
    They now have a pasty shop next to platform 1. It's more expensive than the one at Waterloo but equally hard to resist!
  • Natalie L.
    Natalie LloydJuly 15, 2013
    Café on platform 2/3 has better pastries than Upper Crust.
  • Amir S.
    Amir ShafaieApril 19, 2012
    Do you want to get a seat, try the couches on either ends!!!!
  • Tom T.
    Tom TaylorMay 25, 2010
    You can park your bike here, it's very secure.
  • Alejandra A.
    How unpunctual are the trains in the southwest of England! Always late to my lectures!
  • Samantha C.
    Samantha CooperJune 17, 2013
    Upper crust sell their baguettes off for £2 at the end of the day
  • N'emerge A.
    N'emerge ArtistsMarch 16, 2012
    Make sure you charge up any smartphones laptops and tablets fully before coming here. Not very many power points in the upper crust cafe!
  • Mark J.
    Mark JansenMarch 17, 2011
    Quite a variety of direct destinations from here. London, Cardiff, Weymouth, Brighton...
  • lee n.
    lee nealeAugust 24, 2013
    Get a snack in the co-op outside its a lot cheaper.
  • Matt C.
    Matt CheethamDecember 20, 2011
    The cookies you can buy at the platform shop are crispy, not gooey. :(
  • Maria Jose S.
    Maria Jose SerresDecember 24, 2011
    The elevators are vary slow, take them only if you have at least 5' before your train departs
  • Kieran T.
    Kieran TomlinsonSeptember 28, 2011
    Southwesttrains.co.uk cheapest site for a ticket and no booking fees! :)
  • ASK Gwen C.
    ASK Gwen CashJanuary 26, 2015
    Easy rail station for traveling between Winchester and Southampton
  • Rob M.
    Rob McCannSeptember 10, 2010
    There are two ticket offices at this station. One on the north side and one on the south.
  • Hayley B.
    Hayley BelleAugust 30, 2011
    The cash machines have moved....oh and don't buy food from the platform shops!!!
  • PJ F.
    PJ FDecember 9, 2011
    Turn right then left for fabulous food in Caffexpresso 1 minute away
  • Colin L.
    Colin LawsonJuly 22, 2011
    I recommend the Tuna Melt @ Pumpkin cafe shop
  • Gary W.
    Gary Watson-HedleyNovember 21, 2012
    Taxis right outside the station to the left, last shelter :-)
  • Jordan T.
    Jordan TerryMay 13, 2013
    I kid you not. WH Smith's sell the best oat and syrup bars...
  • Bhan L.
    Bhan LamApril 6, 2015
    Listen to announcements! There can be sudden platform changes!
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DoyleSeptember 27, 2014
    Picking someone up? There's car parking on the northern side.
  • Peter G.
    Peter GyorSeptember 27, 2013
    Maria at Pumpkin very professional.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HayterMarch 7, 2011
    Apparently first great western don't do third party ticket pickups even though they say they do
  • Wai L.
    Wai LeeNovember 18, 2010
    I wish Southern trains could be renamed The Slow Trains. So fellow passengers could be more informed.
  • Maria Jose S.
    Maria Jose SerresSeptember 8, 2011
    Takes 10' to reach central from Airport
  • Jasmine S.
    Jasmine SmithJanuary 26, 2012
    Cannot bring surf boards over 6'6"!
  • Mel g.
    Mel griffithsAugust 26, 2013
    Staff here are almost as rude as they are at Nottingham
  • Asraf Hanafi S.
    Accessible by U1C
  • Ben R.
    Ben RogersFebruary 5, 2010
    Don't buy your chocolate or sweets here, too expensive. Buy them somewhere else
  • Mike G.
    Mike GilmourJuly 22, 2011
    The smallest WHSmith EVER.
  • Jake M.
    Jake MchughFebruary 19, 2013
    Full of crazy people!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HobbsSeptember 24, 2010
    It's horrid. Best thing to do is get on a train and go somewhere else. Even Birmingham New Street...
  • Ben H.
    Ben HollandDecember 13, 2012
    Only one train an hour to Chandler's Ford sadly :(
  • Sophie E.
    Sophie E.September 14, 2012
    Avoid redsky crisps sold on platform 3a, tasteless.
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