Travelling to Manchester
First CrossCountry train - 05:15
Last CrossCountry train - 19:17
Travelling from Southampton to Manchester
Manchester is a buzzing city that attracts people from all over the world. Famous for its music, football and industrial past, the ‘capital of the North’ has attractions for the whole family. As well as various activities, Manchester has a thriving food scene, with plenty of bar and club options if you’re out for the night.
Are there direct trains from Southampton to Manchester?
Yes, you can travel directly from Southampton to Manchester with CrossCountry. Some routes offer a direct service, whereas others include changing, so make sure you check the schedule when booking.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Southampton to Manchester?
You’ll experience a pleasant train journey with CrossCountry. With a variety of drinks and hot and cold snacks available, you have ample opportunity to eat onboard without leaving the comfort of your seat. You can also benefit from table seats, plug sockets and plenty of luggage space on your journey. For even more amenities, you can book a First Class ticket for your journey.
Does Manchester Piccadilly have step-free access?
Yes, Manchester Piccadilly is more than equipped for customers with mobility issues. With step-free access like ramps and lifts, the station ensures that customers can access all areas. If you’d like personal assistance getting to and from your train, the staff at the station can help with this.
How far is the city centre?
Manchester Piccadilly is in the city centre – you can walk to Spinningfields, the Central Retail District and the Northern Quarter from here.
Does the station have family areas?
Yes, Manchester Piccadilly Station fully caters for families, with baby changing facilities, waiting rooms and free toilets. There are also seats scattered throughout the station as well as two water fountains for you to fill your bottles.
For further information about Manchester Piccadilly, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Manchester
Onward Travel: Taxis, Buses and Trams in Manchester
With buses, trams and taxis all within convenient reach of the station, you won’t find it hard to navigate through Manchester. Numerous bus companies travel in and out of the city regularly, as well as the free bus that provides a hop on, hop off service to the main attractions. There is also the option of catching a Metrolink tram. The trams go far out into the suburbs, as well as around the city centre, and depart frequently.
There are also various taxi ranks located outside the station and around the city.
Shopping in Manchester
Manchester offers a variety of shopping experiences. From high-street brands to luxury boutiques to independent shops, the city has it all. Head into the suburbs to intu Trafford Centre for an all-day shopping experience, or, if you’d prefer to stay in the centre, the Arndale is sure to satisfy your needs.
If you’re looking for something special and unique, the Northern Quarter is the place for you. With its winding streets packed full of quirky clothing, homeware and accessories, it’s the perfect place to buy a souvenir from your trip.
Culture in Manchester
With two famous football clubs, a massive art scene and two huge universities, Manchester is a hub of diversity and excitement. The famous ‘Curry Mile’ is home to the UK’s largest concentration of Asian restaurants, so head to Rusholme to please your appetite. Canal Street is also known as the city’s Gay Village – with a combination of restaurants, bars and green spaces, it’s the perfect place to head to during the evening. Don’t forget China Town (the second largest in the UK) for its authentic Chinese restaurants and shops. A city so diverse yet inclusive, Manchester is the perfect place to spend a weekend up North.