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There are 6 ways to get from Southampton to Leicester by train, bus or car

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Train East Midlands Trains  •  3h 2m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to London Waterloo
  2. Take the train from London St Pancras International to Leicester

$73 - $109

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Bus  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Leicester St Margarets Bus Station National Express

$17 - $22

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Train CrossCountry  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Leicester

$104 - $158

Bus via Heathrow Airport London T5  •  5h 35m

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T5 National Express / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Airport London T5 to Leicester St Margarets Bus Station National Express / ...

$21 - $28

Train, bus  •  5h 43m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Leamington Spa
  2. Take the bus from Leamington Spa, station to Coventry, Sainsbury's X17
  3. Take the bus from Coventry, Corporation St to Haymarket Bus Station 48

$74 - $109

Drive  •  2h 26m

  1. Drive from Southampton to Leicester 143 miles

$30 - $45

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Leicester is to bus which costs £13 - £17 and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Leicester is to drive which costs £23 - £35 and takes 2h 26m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade station and arriving at Leicester St Margarets Bus Station station. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 20m.

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Leicester. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Leicester via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 3h 45m.

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The distance between Southampton and Leicester is 121 miles. The road distance is 143 miles.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Leicester without a car is to train which takes 3h 2m and costs £55 - £85.

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It takes approximately 3h 2m to get from Southampton to Leicester, including transfers.

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

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Southampton to Leicester train services, operated by CrossCountry, depart from Southampton Central station.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Leicester is to train which takes 3h 2m and costs £55 - £85. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £13 - £17 and takes 5h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Leicester.
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  • Distance: 121.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 2m

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Leicester via London Waterloo, Waterloo station, Euston station, and London St Pancras International in around 3h 2m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Southampton to Leicester once daily. Tickets cost $17 - $22 and the journey takes 5h 20m.

Train operators
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Leicester
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$22 - $35
Off-Peak Single
$45 - $70
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $65
Anytime Single
$65 - $95
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
2h 29m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$65 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Single
$65 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$65 - $95
Train from Birmingham New Street to Leicester
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
Train from Southampton Central to Leamington Spa
Ave. Duration
1h 53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Single
$60 - $90
Off-Peak Single
$50 - $80
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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Leicester St Margarets Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
National Express
Bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Heathrow Airport London T5
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
National Express
Bus from Heathrow Airport London T5 to Leicester St Margarets Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
National Express
Stagecoach Warwickshire
Phone
01604 67 60 60
Email
midlands.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Leamington Spa, station to Coventry, Sainsbury's
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5 - $7
Website
Stagecoach Warwickshire
Bus from Coventry, Corporation St to Haymarket Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $13
Website
Stagecoach Warwickshire

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Southampton to Leicester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Leicester St Margarets Bus Station.

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Southampton to Leicester train services, operated by CrossCountry, arrive at Leicester station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southampton to Leicester is 143 miles. It takes approximately 2h 26m to drive from Southampton to Leicester.

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