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Travel Information between Manchester and Southampton

distanceDistance181 miles (292 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£12 - £86
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £12 • 5 h 45 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £86 • 1 h 10 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, Loganair or Cross Country

Take a coach, flight or train to travel 181 miles (292 km) from Manchester to Southampton. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 10 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £12. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express, Loganair or Cross Country among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Manchester to Southampton.

General Information about the journey from Manchester to Southampton

It is possible to make the journey between these two cities by plane, train and bus. Flights are direct while there are only a limited number of direct trains. Other train routes and all buses make a connection in London. Taking the train is the fastest and most convenient method of travel.

Buses from Manchester to Southampton

National Express Coaches offer thirteen routes a day between the two cities, involving a connection at London Victoria Coach Station. Depending on the departure time the journey takes from 7.5 to 10 hours. Buses depart from the early hours of the morning and continue throughout the day until around 6:00 p.m. Departures are from Manchester's Chorlton Street Coach Station, a few minutes from the city and linked by local buses, trams and taxis. Southampton Bus Station is in the city centre.

Trains from Manchester to Southampton

Cross Country Trains run three direct services between the two cities every day, taking just over 4 hours. All are morning departures. Virgin Trains also operate six daily routes. Again they all depart in the morning with a similar journey time and a connection in London. Departures are from Manchester Piccadilly Station, located in the heart of the city and well placed for transport links. Trains arrive at Southampton Central Station. Taxi ranks are located outside both stations.

Flights from Manchester to Southampton

Flybe operate nine non-stop flights a day between Manchester Airport and Southampton Airport. The first flight takes off just before 5:30 a.m. and the last departure is at just after 7:00 p.m. The overall journey time is approximately 4.5 hours.

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FAQs
How do I go from Manchester to Southampton?

You can travel from Manchester to Southampton 3 different ways: coach, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way from Manchester to Southampton?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Southampton, which costs on average £12.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Southampton:

A coach journey is usually £74 less than a journey to Southampton by plane, which costs on average £86 for the same trip.

A coach is generally £57 less than a train for the same trip. A train costs on average £69 from Manchester to Southampton.

What is the fastest way to get from Manchester to Southampton?

The fastest way to get to Southampton from Manchester is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 10 min.

There are alternative travel options to Southampton that can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 5 h 45 min.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 4 h 14 min.

What is the distance from Manchester to Southampton?

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

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Manchester to Southampton?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Southampton is:

  • 8 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Southampton from Manchester as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.

What are the departure and arrival points in Manchester and in Southampton?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Southampton:

  • Most travellers take a coach from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange to Southampton, Coach Station.
  • Most travellers who book a plane ticket from Manchester to Southampton depart from Manchester Airport to Southampton Airport.
  • Most travellers take a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Southampton Central.
Which travel companies can get me from Manchester to Southampton?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Manchester to Southampton:

  • You can travel by coach to Southampton from Manchester with National Express, and you can find National Express Manchester to Southampton tickets for £12 on Omio.
  • You can travel to Southampton from Manchester by flight with Loganair. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £86 with Loganair from Manchester to Southampton.
  • You can go to Southampton from Manchester by train with Cross Country. You'll see cheap train tickets for £69 with Cross Country from Manchester to Southampton on Omio.
Is there a direct service to Southampton from Manchester?

Yes, there are direct services available from Manchester to Southampton with the following travel operators:

  • You can travel directly by coach with with direct coaches per day.
  • You can travel directly by train with Cross Country with 8 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Southampton as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Southampton from Manchester.

Where should I go next after I travel from Manchester to Southampton?
Looking to extend your trip from Manchester to Southampton? Many Omio customers who go from Manchester to Southampton usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Bournemouth or Glasgow. If you're looking to explore London, Bournemouth or Glasgow from Southampton, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How early should I buy Manchester to Southampton tickets online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip to Southampton from Manchester, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost £12 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £86 one way.
  • Train tickets cost on average £69 one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets to Southampton from Manchester online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.