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

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Train East Midlands Trains  •  3 h 11 min

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

$74 - $109

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Bus  •  5 h 20 min

  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  •  3 h 46 min

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

$105 - $158

Bus via Heathrow Central Bus Station  •  5 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station to Heathrow Central Bus Station 203 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to St Margaret's Bus Station 230 / ...

$53 - $66

Bus Megabus UK  •  6 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Queens Park, National Express stop to Pool Meadow Bus Station M34
  2. Take the bus from Coventry, Sainsbury's to Haymarket Bus Station 48

$34 - $47

Drive  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Leicester 143 miles

$30 - $45

Questions & Answers

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 twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 20 min.

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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 3 h 46 min.

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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 3 h 11 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 11 min 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 3 h 11 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 20 min.

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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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Map of how to get from Southampton to Leicester.
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  • Distance: 121.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 11 min

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Leicester via London Waterloo, Waterloo Underground Station, Euston Underground Station, and London St Pancras International in around 3 h 11 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Southampton to Leicester twice daily. Tickets cost $17 - $22 and the journey takes 5 h 20 min.

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
1 h 1 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$23 - $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
2 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$70 - $110
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$40 - $65
Anytime Single
$70 - $110
Off-Peak Single
$65 - $95
Train from Birmingham New Street to Leicester
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$25 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $55
Off-Peak Single
$21 - $35
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
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$17 - $22
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Southampton City Centre, Coach Station to Heathrow Central Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$22 - $27
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Heathrow Central Bus Station to St Margaret's Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Website
nationalexpress.com
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Queens Park, National Express stop to Pool Meadow Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Book at
uk.megabus.com
Stagecoach Warwickshire
Phone
01604 67 60 60
Email
midlands.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Coventry, Sainsbury's to Haymarket Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 12 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$11
Schedules at
stagecoachbus.com

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

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