There are 8 ways to get from Manchester to Dorset by train, bus, car or plane

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Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Dorchester South

$155 - $239

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Bus  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Dorchester National Express

$26 - $31

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Train CrossCountry  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Bournemouth
  2. Take the train from Bournemouth to Dorchester South

$120 - $178

Drive  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Manchester to Dorset 236 miles

$50 - $75

Fly Manchester to Southampton, train  •  5 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Southampton (SOU) MAN - SOU
  2. Take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Dorchester South

$69 - $186

Fly Manchester to Exeter, bus  •  7 h 11 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Exeter (EXT) MAN - EXT
  2. Take the bus from Exeter to Dorchester

$70 - $207

Train to Leeds Bradford, fly to Southampton, train  •  7 h 1 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Victoria to Leeds
  2. Fly from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to Southampton (SOU) LBA - SOU
  3. Take the train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Dorchester South

$123 - $298

Fly Manchester to London Heathrow, train  •  7 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to London Heathrow (LHR) MAN - LHR
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Dorchester South

$141 - $370

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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Dorset is to bus which costs £19 - £24 and takes 10 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to Dorset is to drive which costs £35 - £60 and takes 4 h 22 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Manchester station to Dorset. However, there are services departing from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St and arriving at Puddletown, Dorchester Road Traffic Lights via Dorchester, South Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10 h 15 min.

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The distance between Manchester and Dorset is 190 miles. The road distance is 236 miles.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Dorset without a car is to train which takes 6 h 43 min and costs £110 - £190.

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It takes approximately 6 h 43 min to get from Manchester to Dorset, including transfers.

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Manchester to Dorset bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Dorset is to train which takes 6 h 43 min and costs £110 - £190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £19 - £24 and takes 10 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Manchester Airport to Southampton Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Manchester to Dorset bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Dorchester station.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to Dorset.
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  • Distance: 189.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 43 min

What companies run services between Manchester, England and Dorset, England?

You can take a train from Manchester to Dorset via London Euston, Euston Underground Station, Waterloo Underground Station, London Waterloo, Dorchester South, and Dorchester, South Station in around 6 h 43 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Manchester to Dorset once daily. Tickets cost $22 - $28 and the journey takes 9 h 5 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Manchester to Exeter
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Leeds Bradford to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to Exeter via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from London Waterloo to Dorchester South
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$40 - $65
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Bournemouth to Dorchester South
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $18
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Southampton Airport Parkway to Dorchester South
Ave. Duration
1 h 33 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Victoria to Leeds
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$17 - $25
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $25
Bus operators
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Dorchester
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $28
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Exeter to Dorchester
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to Dorset is 236 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 22 min to drive from Manchester to Dorset.

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Flybe offers flights from Manchester Airport to Southampton Airport.

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There are 498+ hotels available in Dorset. Prices start at $85 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Manchester Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs £3 - £5.

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