Cheap train tickets from Southampton to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 30 May

Cheapest

£84

Average

£172

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Southampton to Manchester will cost around £ 172 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 84.

Cheapest
08:00Southampton Central4h27 12:27Manchester Piccadilly
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£841One-way
07:30Southampton Central4h35 12:05Manchester Piccadilly
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£1021One-way
05:15Southampton Central4h08 09:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£1561One-way
07:15Southampton Central4h08 11:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£1561One-way
05:55Southampton Central4h32 10:27Manchester Piccadilly
2 changes
£2681One-way

Train schedule Southampton to Manchester

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05:15Southampton Central4h08 09:23Manchester Piccadilly
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05:55Southampton Central4h32 10:27Manchester Piccadilly
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06:30Southampton Central4h16 10:46Manchester Piccadilly
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07:15Southampton Central4h08 11:23Manchester Piccadilly
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07:30Southampton Central4h35 12:05Manchester Piccadilly
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08:00Southampton Central4h27 12:27Manchester Piccadilly
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30 May
£84Avanti West Coast
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Tue
31 May
£78Avanti West Coast
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Wed
1 Jun
£78Avanti West Coast
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2 Jun
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Fri
3 Jun
£102Avanti West Coast
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4 Jun
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5 Jun
£71Cross Country
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6 Jun
£71Cross Country
£14National Express
£167Eastern Airways
Tue
7 Jun
£72Avanti West Coast
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Wed
8 Jun
£68Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
£167Eastern Airways
Thu
9 Jun
£78Avanti West Coast
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10 Jun
£61Avanti West Coast
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Sat
11 Jun
£65Avanti West Coast
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13 Jun
£66Avanti West Coast
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14 Jun
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Wed
15 Jun
£65Avanti West Coast
£14National Express
£99Eastern Airways
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16 Jun
£77Avanti West Coast
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18 Jun
£71Cross Country
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Fastest train times from Southampton to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 30 May

Fastest Journey

4 h 8 m

Average

4 h 21 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

292 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Southampton for Manchester every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 292 km distance in an average of 4 h 21 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 4 h 8 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 35 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
05:15Southampton Central4h08 09:23Manchester Piccadilly
0 changes
£1561One-way
Fastest
07:15Southampton Central4h08 11:23Manchester Piccadilly
0 changes
£1561One-way
06:30Southampton Central4h16 10:46Manchester Piccadilly
2 changes
£2681One-way
08:00Southampton Central4h27 12:27Manchester Piccadilly
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£841One-way
05:55Southampton Central4h32 10:27Manchester Piccadilly
2 changes
£2681One-way

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Overview: Train from Southampton to Manchester

distanceDistance181 miles (292 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 7 min
priceAverage train ticket price£89 (€100)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Southampton to Manchester cover the 181 miles (292 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 7 min with our travel partners like Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £78, but the average price of train tickets is £89. Travellers depart most frequently from Southampton Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Southampton to Manchester

For as little as £78 you can travel by train from Southampton to Manchester with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this route.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between Southampton and Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

Enjoy a smooth and easy route from Southampton to Manchester with CrossCountry! As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio can help you search current train timetables from CrossCountry, compare the best routes to Manchester from Southampton as well as the class fares available for this route (including information on luggage policy and amenities provided onboard), and buy the most affordable CrossCountry Southampton to Manchester train ticket available today. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless rather than needing to wait in a queue at the train station in person to purchase tickets. Once you find your ideal route, book your one-way train between Southampton and Manchester on Omio or in the Omio app in just a few simple steps. You can then sit back and enjoy the 181 miles (292 km) trip from Southampton to Manchester with ease and comfort on a train with CrossCountry.

Train information from Southampton to Manchester with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 17 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 7 a day

When purchasing your CrossCountry train tickets between Southampton and Manchester, keep the following coronavirus related policies and recommendations in mind outlined by our travel partner:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

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.

Travel Tips: Trains from Southampton to Manchester

Travel by train 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

What is the cost of cheap trains between Southampton and Manchester?

Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Manchester from Southampton for the next 7 days starting from £78  one way.

How much is a train ticket from Southampton to Manchester?

If you’re looking to buy tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Southampton to Manchester train prices are on average £89  one way.

What is the distance by train from Southampton to Manchester?

The Southampton to Manchester train distance is approximately 181 miles (292 km).

How long is the train between Southampton and Manchester?

While the time it takes to travel 181 miles (292 km) to Manchester from Southampton can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Southampton to Manchester is on average 4 h 7 min.

What is the departure train station in Southampton and arrival train station in Manchester?

Some of the Southampton train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include Southampton Central, Southampton Airport Parkway and Southampton, Town Quay. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Southampton Central   and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the train station in Southampton? Where is the train station in Manchester?

Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Southampton Central and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Manchester most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from this train station to the city centre.

Which train providers should I travel with from Southampton to Manchester?

For the journey from Southampton to Manchester you can take a train with Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services to Manchester from Southampton on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.

Can I purchase a direct train from Southampton to Manchester?

Yes, there are 7 direct trains per day from Southampton to Manchester with Cross Country, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.

How many train services are there to Manchester from Southampton a day?

The average number of trains departing Southampton for Manchester is 7 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

What are the first and last departure train times from Southampton to Manchester?

The first train from Southampton to Manchester leaves at 04: 52   and the last train for this leaves at 19: 00. Omio shows you the latest train from Southampton to Manchester timetable to help you book the best departure time for this route.

How far in advance should I book a train ticket to Manchester from Southampton to get the best deals?

In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you buy train tickets from Southampton to Manchester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £89 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Southampton to Manchester a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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.