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Manchester has been voted as the best city to live in the United Kingdom, maybe because it is the home of football, where the atom was split, and the birthplace of the Suffragette Movement! If you plan to travel From Southampton to Manchester, my best advice is to book your ticket early. If you book early you will be able to save a bit of money as bus tickets and train tickets will be cheaper when booked beforehand. In this article I will explain the best ways to get from Southampton to Manchester.

Southampton to Manchester by Bus

The bus from Southampton to Manchester takes 6 hours and 25 minutes and costs between $20 and $35 or £15 and £25. However, do keep in mind that it can take a lot longer as there might be traffic and roadworks. Some buses have free Wi-Fi, charging points on board, and you have a free 20kg luggage allowance. 

The earliest bus leaves at 08:25am, and the latest leaves at 08:25 pm.  Taking the bus from Southampton to Manchester is probably the cheapest way to travel.

Take a train from Southampton to Manchester

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The train from Southampton to Manchester takes roughly 4 hours and 26 minutes. Prices vary depending on the time, route, and class you booked. It costs approximately $38.40 or £28  if you book your ticket in advance, and it is expensive when purchased on the day of travel. Direct trains charge between $60.50 (£45) and $120.40 (£89). To be fair: taking the train is definitely ine of the best ways to travel from Southampton to Manchester. Most trains have Wifi and will provide you with plugs.

Driving to Manchester from Southampton by car

The drive from Southampton to Manchester will take you about 4 hours and 6 minutes in optimal conditions. You will be able to avoid London when going over the A34 towards Oxford. From Oxford you can follow the signs for Birmingham from where Manchester is just a short distance.

Driving to Manchester from Southampton by Rental car

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I would recommend renting a car if you do not own a car but would like to discover the little villages and countryside around manchester. There are a number of good car rental services in and around Southampton. You can use a rental car website to find a rental car that is both cheap and fits your needs.

Driving to Manchester from Southampton by transfer

One of the easiest and most comfortable ways to get from Southampton to Manchester is by transfer. A driver will pick you up and drive you to Manchester from Southampton. It is, of course, not cheap, but at least you won’t have to do the drive yourself, nor will you need to sit on a busy bus or change trains in London or another big city. You can use Gettransfer to receive quotes from local cab, taxi and transfer companies. 

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