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Overview: Train from Southampton to Manchester

distanceDistance181 miles (292 km)
durationAverage train duration4 h 5 min
priceAverage train ticket price£77 (€87)
frequencyTrain frequency7 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 7 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Southampton to Manchester cover the 181 miles (292 km) long journey taking on average 4 h 5 min with our travel partners like Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 7 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £77, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £61. Travellers depart most frequently from Southampton Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

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Southampton to Manchester with CrossCountry

CrossCountry trains will get you between Southampton and Manchester from £61. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

CrossCountry

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

Omio helps you compare and book the perfect train with CrossCountry from Southampton to Manchester for a smooth and relaxing journey. Check the latest CrossCountry train timetables for the ideal departure and arrival times, take a look at the travel information for the Southampton to Manchester train with CrossCountry (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard), compare the best connections for your Southampton - Manchester route and then book a cheap train ticket with ease. The distance from Southampton to Manchester by train is 181 miles (292 km). You can book tickets for this CrossCountry train for as low as £69 one-way if you book in advance. When you search for CrossCountry tickets to Manchester from Southampton in the Omio app, you can also check whether they are mobile tickets quickly and easily. If they are mobile tickets, then you can go paperless when taking a train. Book that perfect CrossCountry Southampton - Manchester train ticket online and enjoy your trip!

  • Average Price: £69

CrossCountry has the following ticket policies due to COVID-19, which you should be aware of when booking and travelling by train from Southampton to Manchester:

  • 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
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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train between Southampton and Manchester?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains between Southampton and Manchester to cost as little as £61  in the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Southampton to Manchester on average?
The Southampton to Manchester train ticket price is on average £77  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next week.
How many miles is it from Southampton to Manchester by train?
The train distance from Southampton to Manchester is around 181 miles (292 km).
How many hours does it take from Southampton to Manchester by train?
While the time it takes to travel 181 miles (292 km) between Southampton and Manchester can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Southampton to Manchester is on average 4 h 5 min.
Which train station from Southampton to Manchester do I depart from? Which Manchester train station from Southampton do I arrive in?

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 Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

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

Where do I find the Southampton train station to Manchester? Where is the Manchester train station?

Passengers booking this route most frequently board their trains from Southampton Central and need to travel around 0.5 miles (757 m) 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 0.4 miles (587 m) from this train station to the city centre.

What train providers offer a service to Manchester from Southampton?
Take the Southampton to Manchester train with Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check out all possible train providers for the journey to Manchester from Southampton as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services are there to Manchester from Southampton a day?
On average, there are 7 trains a day from Southampton to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How far in advance should I book train tickets between Southampton and Manchester for the best deals?
If you buy Southampton to Manchester train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £77. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains to Manchester from Southampton. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Southampton
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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.