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There are 4 ways to get from Southampton to Harwich by train, bus or car

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Train  •  3 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Manningtree

$59 - $90

3 alternative options

Train, bus  •  6 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Ealing Broadway
  3. Take the train from Stratford (London) to Chelmsford
  4. Take the bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, High Street 70 / ...
  5. Take the bus from Colchester Town Centre, The George to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue 102 / ...

Bus  •  7 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T2,3 203
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester 250
  3. Take the bus from Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue 102 / ...

Drive  •  2 h 52 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Harwich 173.5 miles

$35 - $55

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The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Harwich is to drive which costs £28 - £45 and takes 2 h 52 min.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Harwich is to drive which costs £28 - £45 and takes 2 h 52 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Harwich. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Harwich, Mayflower Avenue via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7 h 38 min.

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The distance between Southampton and Harwich is 137 miles. The road distance is 173.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Harwich without a car is to train which takes 3 h 59 min and costs £45 - £70.

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It takes approximately 3 h 59 min to get from Southampton to Harwich, including transfers.

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Southampton to Harwich bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Harwich is to train which takes 3 h 59 min and costs £45 - £70. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 7 h 38 min.

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Southampton to Harwich bus services, operated by First in Essex, arrive at Harwich, Mayflower Avenue station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southampton to Harwich is 174 miles. It takes approximately 2 h 52 min to drive from Southampton to Harwich.

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  • Distance: 137 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 59 min

What companies run services between Southampton, England and Harwich, England?

You can take a train from Southampton to Harwich via London Waterloo, Waterloo Station Waterloo Rd, Liverpool Street Station, London Liverpool Street, and Manningtree in around 3 h 59 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Harwich via Heathrow Airport London T2,3 and Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street in around 7 h 38 min.

Train operators
Greater Anglia
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Train from London Liverpool Street to Manningtree
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Train from Stratford (London) to Chelmsford
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Website
abelliogreateranglia.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Ealing Broadway
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$16 - $29
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$11 - $17
Advanced Single
$12 - $18
Anytime Day Single
$16 - $29
Bus operators
First in Essex
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Chelmsford City Centre, Bus Station to Colchester Town Centre, High Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, The George to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
firstgroup.com
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Website
firstgroup.com
Panther Travel
Phone
+44 7918 649427
Email
info@bigblackpanther.com
Website
bustimes.org.uk
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, The George to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Schedules at
bustimes.org.uk
Bus from Colchester Town Centre, Stanwell Street to Harwich, Mayflower Avenue
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Schedules at
bustimes.org.uk
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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T2,3 to Colchester
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com

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