Southampton to Manchester train

Wed, 29 May
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Cheap train tickets from Southampton to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Southampton to Manchester is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
08:004h44
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:44Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
2 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
08:304h35
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:05Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
2 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
09:004h19
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:19Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
3 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
09:004h44
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:44Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
2 changes
Cross Country
08:154h14
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:29Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1371One-way
0 changes

Train timetableSouthampton to Manchester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 29 May
Avanti West Coast
08:004h19
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:19Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:004h44
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:44Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 changes
Cross Country
08:154h14
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:29Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:304h35
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:05Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:004h19
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:19Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:004h44
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:44Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 changes

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Train times from Southampton to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Fastest Journey

4 h 14 m

Average

4 h 29 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

292 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Southampton for Manchester every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Cross Country
08:154h14
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:29Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1371One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:004h19
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:19Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£2681One-way
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:004h19
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:19Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
3 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:304h35
Southampton Central (SOU)
13:05Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:004h44
Southampton Central (SOU)
12:44Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1311One-way
2 changes

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Overview: Train from Southampton to Manchester

distanceDistance181 miles
durationAverage train duration4 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price£116 (€130)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 9 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCrossCountry or Virgin Trains

Trains from Southampton to Manchester cover the 181 miles long route taking on average 4 h 13 min with our travel partners like CrossCountry or Virgin Trains. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £116, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £66. Travellers depart most frequently from Southampton Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry and Virgin Trains trains Southampton to Manchester

Find the best trains to Manchester from Southampton with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry and Virgin Trains from £61. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Virgin Trains from Southampton to Manchester train information:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 19 min
  • Cheapest Price: £61

Trains from Southampton to Manchester: Journey Details

Daily trains between Southampton and Manchester are operated by CrossCountry and Virgin Trains. CrossCountry trains run directly to Manchester Piccadilly with no changes and take around 4 hours 20 minutes. If you travel with Virgin, you will need to change in London, but the overall journey time may not be any longer. Trains depart for Manchester from 7 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Taking the Train from Southampton

All trains from Southampton to Manchester depart from Southampton Central Station, which is right at the heart of the city. The station is served by city buses U1A, U1C and U1E, as well as CityLink buses which run to the West Quay shopping centre and the port, the station is also served by night buses, which provide a connection to suburbs like Bitterne or Millbrook, while nearby towns like Winchester are a short train ride away as well.

Getting into Manchester by Train

Some people visit Manchester to watch two of England's greatest football teams. Others go for the famous music scene and nightlife, the chance to see their favourite television shows being filmed or superb galleries like the Whitworth and the Lowry. There are plenty of reasons to visit the capital of north-west England. All trains from Southampton to Manchester arrive at Manchester Piccadilly train station, which is a short walk to the east of the city centre. If you want to reach other destinations in Greater Manchester, there is a regular, quick tram network, along with free city centre buses and night buses for late arrivals. Coaches also depart regularly for Liverpool and Manchester International Airport, if you need to make an onward connection.

FAQs: Southampton to Manchester train

FAQs: Travel by train from Southampton to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Southampton to Manchester.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Southampton to Manchester can start from as little as £66 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Southampton to Manchester is £116; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Southampton to Manchester train travel time is 4 h 13 min   for the 181 mile long trip, but the duration can vary if you travel on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Southampton to Manchester leaves at 04: 55. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Southampton to Manchester leaves at 19: 15.
Yes, there are 9 direct trains a day from Southampton to Manchester with CrossCountry. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer direct trains.
For the route from Southampton to Manchester you can take a train with CrossCountry or Virgin Trains. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services to Manchester from Southampton on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 19: 15.

When departing from Southampton, you have various train station options to start your journey from including Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your trip in train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Southampton Central, which is located around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0.5 miles (767 m) away from the city centre.

A trip to Manchester from Southampton is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 4 h 13 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Southampton to Manchester is November.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Southampton to Manchester including taking a train, coach or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Southampton and Manchester

Southampton
Manchester
Southampton Central is the most popular Southampton railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Southampton for your journey to Manchester.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 345 600 0650
Public transport options for Southampton Central
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail replacement bus service goes from the north side (Blechynden Terrace) during engineering works. Overnight onward transport goes from the South side (West Quay side)
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 345 600 0650
Public transport options for Southampton Airport Parkway
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Through Journeys: Station Forecourt Bus Stop off Wide Lane (A335) Terminating Journeys: Car Park at Eastleigh end, off Wide Lane (A335)
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