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

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Train  •  4 h 58 min

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

$130 - $204

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Bus  •  8 h 45 min

  1. Take the bus from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth National Express
  2. Take the bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Preston, Lancashire National Express

$28 - $36

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Drive  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Drive from Southampton to Preston 246 miles

$50 - $80

Fly Southampton to Manchester, train  •  3 h 42 min

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

$57 - $201

Fly Southampton to Leeds Bradford, train  •  5 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) SOU - LBA
  2. Take the train from Leeds to Preston

$103 - $306

Train, train to London Heathrow, fly to Manchester  •  5 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Reading
  2. Take the train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
  3. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) LHR - MAN
  4. Take the train from Manchester Airport to Preston

$134 - $362

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Southampton station to Preston. However, there are services departing from Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade and arriving at Preston, Lancashire via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 45 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Southampton to Preston. However, there are services departing from Southampton Central and arriving at Preston via Birmingham New Street. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 58 min.

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The distance between Southampton and Preston is 206 miles. The road distance is 246 miles.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Preston without a car is to train which takes 4 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Southampton to Preston, including transfers.

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

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

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The best way to get from Southampton to Preston is to train which takes 4 h 58 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 8 h 45 min.

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

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Southampton to Preston bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Preston, Lancashire station.

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Map of how to get from Southampton to Preston.
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  • Distance: 206.2 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Preston via Birmingham New Street in around 4 h 58 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Southampton to Preston via Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth in around 8 h 45 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Southampton to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Southampton to Leeds Bradford via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Train operators
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 Southampton Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$24 - $40
Virgin West Coast Trains
Northern Rail
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
51 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $25
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $25
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$10 - $16
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $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 Southampton Coach Station Harbour Parade to Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$14 - $19
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Birmingham Coach Station, Digbeth to Preston, Lancashire
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $18
Website
nationalexpress.com

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Southampton to Preston train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, arrive at Preston station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Southampton to Preston is 246 miles. It takes approximately 4 h 3 min to drive from Southampton to Preston.

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Flybe offers flights from Southampton Airport to Manchester Airport.

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There are 1074+ hotels available in Preston. Prices start at $42 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Southampton Airport is to train which takes 10 min and costs .

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