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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  6 h 39 min

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

$156 - $247

Cheapest option

Bus  •  8 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Shudehill Interchange to Broadmead, Cabot Circus M35
  2. Take the bus from Bristol to Dorchester National Express

$40 - $61

6 alternative options

Train CrossCountry  •  7 h

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

$122 - $181

Train Arriva Trains Wales  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Newport (S Wales)
  2. Take the train from Bristol Parkway to Dorchester West

$126 - $207

Drive  •  4 h 22 min

  1. Drive from Manchester to Dorset 236 miles

$50 - $75

Fly Manchester to Southampton, train  •  5 h 26 min

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

$69 - $186

Train to Leeds Bradford, fly to Southampton, train  •  6 h 54 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 - $299

Fly Manchester to London Heathrow, train  •  7 h 27 min

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

$113 - $323

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 39 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Manchester to Dorset via Broadmead, Cabot Circus, Bristol, Dorchester, and Dorchester, South Station in around 8 h 37 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 Leeds Bradford to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 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 Leeds Bradford to Southampton via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
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 - $70
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
Train from Woking to Dorchester South
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
CrossCountry
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Newport (S Wales)
Ave. Duration
2 h 49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$65 - $100
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
$30 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$65 - $100
First Anytime Day Single
$100 - $150
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Bristol Parkway to Dorchester West
Ave. Duration
2 h 33 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$26 - $40
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $85
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Victoria to Leeds
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $25
Bus operators

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Manchester and Dorset is 304 km. The road distance is 378 km.

The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Dorset is to bus which costs £29 - £50 and takes 8 h 37 min.

The quickest way to get from Manchester to Dorset is to drive which takes 4 h 22 min and costs £35 - £55.

No, there is no direct bus from Manchester to Dorset. However, there are services departing from Shudehill Interchange and arriving at Puddletown, Dorchester Road Traffic Lights via Bristol and Dorchester, South Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 37 min.

It takes approximately 6 h 39 min to get from Manchester to Dorset, including transfers.