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Manchester-Southampton Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

How much are train tickets from Manchester to Southampton?

Lowest Price€124.32
Fastest Train4h 14m
Trains Per Day26
Train Lines6

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Manchester to Southampton right now?

We stand behind CDC guidelines that caution passengers against non-essential travel during the coronavirus outbreak. That said, we recognize not everyone is in a position to completely abstain. Whether it’s for work, to take care of family or to get back home, some circumstances inevitably require travel. If you’re one of those individuals who still needs to book a trip, you can continue to do so on Wanderu.

Know that most train companies are still running at this time, though some have limited service. Visit our COVID-19 travel guide for resources and daily updates on the coronavirus and COVID travel restrictions.

In order to keep vehicles as clean and sanitized as possible, train companies are taking extra precautions for coronavirus. For details on what various companies are doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

What is the price of a train ticket from Manchester to Southampton?

In the last month, €124.32 was the average price of a train ticket from Manchester, MAN to Southampton, STH. You are more likely to find a ticket at this price or lower if you book online in advance of your travel date.

How long is the train journey from Manchester to Southampton?

The distance between Manchester and Southampton is approximately 181 miles, or 292 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 14 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Manchester to Southampton are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Manchester at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 20:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Manchester to Southampton?

There are 26 scheduled trains on most days. 3 of these are direct connections to Southampton. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Southampton to Manchester. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Manchester to Southampton for €22.86.

Which train should you take from Manchester to Southampton?

There are 6 train lines with service from Manchester, Manchester to Southampton, Southampton. Northern Rail + Connections is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 13 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Arriva Trains Wales + Connections14h 42m€128.04
CrossCountry34h 16m€102.36
CrossCountry + Connections24h 59m€94.63
Northern Rail + Connections135h 38m€127.95
TransPennine Express + Connections25h 21m€151.22
Virgin Trains + Connections56h 54m€128.41

Where is the train station in Manchester?

There are two stations in Manchester where you can board the train to Southampton:

  • Manchester Airport
  • Manchester Piccadilly

Where is the train station in Southampton?

Southampton receives travelers from Manchester at its two active train stations:

  • Overline House
  • Woolston

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