Surrey towns: Best commuter towns to London

Published Jul 3, 2020 – 4 mins read

Surrey has long been known to offer excellent options to those seeking a place to live that offers a speedy commute into London. Along with the fast transport connections, Surrey also boasts an array of exemplary schooling options, beautiful homes, pretty villages, affluent towns and of course all set in stunning countryside.

Much of the county, which borders with London, is in fact within the Metropolitan Green Belt meaning it is protected land that will not be developed ensuring Surrey remains largely rural. Surrey is the most wooded county in the UK and its beauty spots include Box Hill, Frensham Great Pond and Common and Newlands Corner.

Living in a remote setting or even a village doesn’t always appeal; for those who wish to find a home that is within easy reach of a good selection of amenities and that has ideal transport connections, there are a number of Surrey towns that could offer the perfect solution.

Here we highlight some of the best commuter towns to London in Surrey.

Move out of London to Surrey

A move out of London to Surrey is often prompted by the desire to upsize, live in a bigger house usually with a larger garden and be surrounded by the countryside. Surrey has many options that are well suited to those moving out of London, towns in Surrey particularly appeal as they offer a great range of amenities and often excellent transport connections back into London for those who need to commute regularly.


Are you looking for a Surrey town filled with green spaces, good schools, easy connections to London and spacious houses? The Surrey commuter town of Epsom might be the perfect place to look for a home.

Detached and semi-detached homes can be found on Epsom’s leafy residential roads including Edwardian houses and some Georgian era homes built when Epsom was a popular spa town. There are also several desirable developments in and around Epsom with more modern properties, homes near to the RAC Club at Woodcote Park are particularly sought after.

Epsom is a family friendly commuter town; there are many good schooling options, both private and state, in the area namely Epsom College, St John’s, City of London Freemen’s School and Downsend.

Trains from Epsom station run to Waterloo via Vauxhall in around 40 minutes and to Victoria via Clapham Junction in around 45 minutes. Some Epsom residents choose to travel to nearby Tattenham Corner which offers a direct service to London Bridge.


Woking offers one of the best commute times; regular trains operate from Woking Station and the journey into London Waterloo takes just 23 minutes. Woking is also well located for access to the M3 and M25 motorways and the A3 main road.

The town has seen significant redevelopment in recent years with ongoing works and further plans for regeneration in the pipeline. Woking is already an established and thriving town; the centre has many shops including the Peacock Centre along with many places to eat and drink. There are also many excellent schools in the vicinity, both state and private, including Halsted, St Andrews, Hoe Bridge and Rydes Hill.

The south side of Woking is a particularly popular place to look for a house, homes on exclusive private estate The Hockering are incredibly sought after. For those seeking a more rural setting, one of the villages near Woking might appeal such as Worplesdon.


The country market town of Dorking has three train stations operating services to various destinations, with Dorking station offering direct train services into London Victoria and London Waterloo in under an hour. The Dorking Deepdene Station gives access to the Reading – Tonbridge line.

Dorking is a little further out than other traditional commuter towns and benefits hugely from being surrounded by the Surrey Hills. The schools in the area are well regarded and include Ashcombe, St Martin’s Primary and The Priory School.

There is also a varied shopping scene with vintage and antique stores found on West Street. The area is generally well known for its areas of outstanding beauty such as Box Hill and the North Downs which are both very nearby.  

Property for sale in Dorking varies in style and age ranging from listed Victorian manor houses to Edwardian Arts and Crafts style properties and also impressive, newly built homes.


Located midway between London and Brighton, nestled in the North Downs, Redhill is an idyllic Surrey town.  Redhill is ideal for commuters offering direct routes into London Bridge and Victoria with the journeys taking around 30 minutes and to St Pancras in 50 minutes and Gatwick airport in 15 minutes.

Property in Redhill ranges widely in type and age, from large detached period homes to their very modern counterparts set within their own grounds and offering residents privacy and a sense of seclusion.

Families are drawn to this area of Surrey for the many good schools including Micklefield, The Hawthorns, Reigate Grammar, Caterham, St Mary’s and secondary schools, Dunottar, and Woldingham Girls.

Being surrounded by the beautiful North Downs not only do residents enjoy the beautiful setting but from Redhill, there are several walking and riding on Reigate Heath or The North Downs Way. Redhill offers an excellent balance of amenities, transport connections, schooling and rural living.

Property finders in Surrey

Whilst these Surrey towns are all excellent options this is not an exhaustive list of the best commuter towns to London in the county of Surrey. There are many other wonderful locations to consider and if a town is too busy there are beautiful villages and hamlets that offer a more rural setting.

Our Surrey property finders would be delighted to help you navigate the local markets and find the perfect home in a location that works for your lifestyle and commuting needs.

To talk to a member of the team regarding your plans to move and to discuss our services in greater detail please do not hesitate to contact us without obligation.