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

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Train  •  4h 56m

  1. Take the train from Southampton Central to Manchester Piccadilly
  2. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston

$106 - $159

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Fly Southampton to Manchester, train  •  3h 22m

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

$56 - $200

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Train via Birmingham New Street  •  5h

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

$129 - $203

Drive  •  4h 3m

  1. Drive from Southampton to Preston 246 miles

$50 - $80

Fly Southampton to Leeds Bradford, train  •  5h 29m

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

$97 - $296

Train, train to London Heathrow, fly to Manchester  •  5h 4m

  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

$133 - $359

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Southampton to Preston is to drive which costs £40 - £60 and takes 4h 3m.

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The quickest way to get from Southampton to Preston is to fly and train which costs £40 - £160 and takes 3h 22m.

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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 Manchester Piccadilly. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 56m.

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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 4h 56m and costs £80 - £130.

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It takes approximately 4h 56m to get from Southampton to Preston, including transfers.

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

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

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Southampton to Preston train services, operated by TransPennine Express, arrive at Preston station.

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

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  • Distance: 206.2 miles
  • Duration: 4h 56m

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

You can take a train from Southampton to Preston via Manchester Piccadilly in around 4h 56m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
Flights from Southampton to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Train operators
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Southampton Central to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$95 - $150
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$55 - $90
Anytime Single
$95 - $150
Off-Peak Single
$95 - $150
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 Southampton Central to Reading
Ave. Duration
47m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
$26 - $40
Anytime Single
$35 - $60
Off-Peak Single
$24 - $40
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$7 - $11
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $20
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $18
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$17 - $24
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $13
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $23
Anytime Day Single
$17 - $24
Northern Rail
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $16
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Airport to Preston
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $21
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Preston
Ave. Duration
1h 48m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$20 - $30
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Virgin West Coast Trains
Great Western Railway
Website
gwr.com
Train from Reading to Hayes & Harlington
Ave. Duration
36m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$13 - $24
Website
gwr.com
Off-Peak Day Single
$10 - $15
Advanced Single
$11 - $16
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $24

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Flybe offers flights from Southampton Airport to Manchester Airport.

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There are 1055+ hotels available in Preston. Prices start at $41 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Southampton to Southampton Airport is to train which takes 10m and costs £1 - £28.

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