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The cheapest train from London to Manchester

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Cheapest

$86

Average

$159

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from London to Manchester will cost around $ 159 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 86.

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Timetable London to Manchester

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Prices across different modes

Tue
Jun 15
$105Avanti West Coast
$9National Express
$364British Airways
Wed
Jun 16
$105Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$127British Airways
Thu
Jun 17
$86Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$259British Airways
Fri
Jun 18
$86Avanti West Coast
$8Flixbus
$220British Airways
Sat
Jun 19
$105Avanti West Coast
$8Flixbus
$285British Airways
Sun
Jun 20
$72Avanti West Coast
$8Flixbus
$174British Airways
Mon
Jun 21
$78Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$127British Airways
Tue
Jun 22
$78Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$123British Airways
Wed
Jun 23
$72Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$115British Airways
Thu
Jun 24
$72Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$164British Airways
Fri
Jun 25
$72Avanti West Coast
$6National Express
$115British Airways
Sat
Jun 26
$105Avanti West Coast
$6National Express
$138British Airways
Sun
Jun 27
$68Avanti West Coast
$6National Express
$142British Airways
Mon
Jun 28
$63Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$103British Airways
Tue
Jun 29
$63Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$106British Airways
Wed
Jun 30
$63Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$111British Airways
Thu
Jul 1
$63Avanti West Coast
$9National Express
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Fri
Jul 2
$68Avanti West Coast
$8Flixbus
$106British Airways
Sat
Jul 3
$105Avanti West Coast
$8Flixbus
$106British Airways
Sun
Jul 4
$68Avanti West Coast
$8Flixbus
$106British Airways
Mon
Jul 5
$64Avanti West Coast
$5Flixbus
$125British Airways

The fastest train from London to Manchester

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Fastest Journey

2 h 5 m

Average

2 h 7 m

Trains per day

24

Distance

262 km

Of the 24 trains that leave London for Manchester every day 23 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 262 km distance in an average of 2 h 7 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 5 m .

The slowest trains will take 2 h 23 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
05:40PMLondon Euston2h05 07:45PMManchester Piccadilly
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04:40PMLondon Euston2h06 06:46PMManchester Piccadilly
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10:40AMLondon Euston2h06 12:46PMManchester Piccadilly
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$1051One-way
01:40PMLondon Euston2h06 03:46PMManchester Piccadilly
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$861One-way
11:40AMLondon Euston2h06 01:46PMManchester Piccadilly
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London to Manchester Train Information

Avg. Train Duration
2 hour.other 12 minute.other
Train Ticket Price: $69
Trains depart from:London
Trains arrive in:Manchester
Distance:262 km
Train Companies:Avanti West Coast
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Train from London to Manchester with CrossCountry

Find the best trains from London to Manchester with Omio's travel partners CrossCountry from $72 (€56). We can find you the best deals, schedules and tickets when comparing and booking the best journey.

CrossCountry

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Are you making plans to travel between London and Manchester? Why not take a train with CrossCountry? Omio can show you current CrossCountry train times, tickets, travel information (such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard) and prices so you can find the best deals on London to Manchester trains all in one place. On the CrossCountry train, you can expect to travel 162 miles (261 km) from London to Manchester. If you use the Omio app to search for trains between London and Manchester, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you have found your perfect one-way CrossCountry train between London and Manchester, book your cheap train tickets online on Omio or in the Omio app quickly and easily so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying your upcoming trip!

When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets between London and Manchester don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from London to Manchester

About 200 miles (320 km) northeast of London is the city of Manchester. Passengers looking for trains from London to Manchester will find several running each day, and the journey typically takes just over 2 hours; an overnight train will get passengers there in under 8 hours. Manchester, considered the world’s first industrial city, is now home to rich culture; fans of the English Premier League can visit the National Football Museum, or, if literature excites you, patron the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

 

Which train companies travel from London to Manchester?

Two train companies offer services from London to Manchester: Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway. Avanti West Coast makes regular and frequent journeys daily, including throughout the weekends. While all options with this train company take about 2 hours to 3-and-a-half hours, the costs for these trips vary greatly depending upon the time of day you opt to travel. For other trains from London to Manchester, East Midlands Railway runs a single overnight service that takes just under 8 hours, and the cost for which is on the lower-middle range of prices for the journey.

 

Avanti West Coast trains from London to Manchester

Trains operating with the Avanti West Coast train company operate a regular schedule of frequent trains daily, including throughout the weekend. Train services begin around 8:00 a.m. and run about every 20 minutes until 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. All Avanti West Coast trains run a direct route; however, trains may call at several stations along the way. One of the final routes of the day runs an hour-and-a-half longer than the other services and includes one transfer. Train type and stations are the same for all journeys, with all services leaving from London Euston station and arriving in Manchester at the Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station. Avanti West Coast ticket policy advises that most standard tickets are valid only for the date and time shown and cannot be refunded; however, tickets can be exchanged for a nominal fee. Upon booking a seat, travelers may opt to pay more for greater ticket flexibility, including flexible dates and refund options.

 

East Midlands Railway trains from London to Manchester

There is a single service that is offered by the East Midlands Railway company, which is a long-distance overnight train that departs from London St. Pancras International station. Passengers who choose this train type can expect to depart from London around 10:20 p.m. and arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Railway Station shortly after 6:00 a.m. The significantly longer duration of the train can be attributed to a lengthy transfer stop that occurs halfway through the train journey. It is recommended that passengers consult the Omio website or East Midlands Railway website to confirm availability of this train, as its service schedule is irregular. Ticket policy with East Midlands Railway allows all passengers to exchange and even refund unused tickets within 28 days after the scheduled travel date for a small fee.

   

Train London to Manchester: Services on board

Both Avanti West Coast and East Midlands Railway offer allowances and facilities to passengers who have selected one of the many trains from London to Manchester. Avanti West Coast trains have a Passenger Assist option to help passengers with limited mobility or other impairments. Passenger Assist is available throughout the entire journey and supports with boarding and disembarking from trains, providing spots reserved for wheelchairs and relaying journey information to passengers. East Midlands Railway offers similar support to travelers needing extra assistance, as well as helping them to navigate train stations, select tickets, claim discounts, and handle luggage. Accommodations for service animals are also made. Travel policy on Avanti West Coast allows passengers to bring small domestic pets, so long as they are on a leash or in an enclosed carrier; up to two pets are allowed, with a nominal fee charged for each subsequent pet. On services provided by both train companies, passengers have ample space for bags, with designated luggage areas throughout the car. Limited spots are available for full-sized bikes and must be reserved in advance; all folded bikes are welcome. It’s recommended that passengers consult the Omio website or the train services website if there are questions about pets or luggage.

 

London to Manchester Train Time: Daily Departures

Trains from London to Manchester operate on a regular timetable; services begin around 8:00 a.m. and run until approximately 9:30 p.m. on weekends and around 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. on weekdays. Passengers can expect roughly 27 train departure options every day. While the schedule is fairly consistent, customers are encouraged to consult the Omio website when planning trips around national holidays, as service may be limited.

 

How long is the journey by train from London to Manchester?

Peak and off peak trains with Avanti West Coast run direct routes that take between 2 hours and 5 minutes and 2 hours and 14 minutes. There are no non-stop routes. Longer journeys run between 2 hours and 57 minutes and 3 hours and 28 minutes and include transfers. The duration for East Midlands Railway trains is about 7 hours and 45 minutes, including a transfer.

 

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from London to Manchester?

Departure train station: Trains from London to Manchester depart from two train stations: Euston and St. Pancras. Euston is 2.8 miles (4.4 km) from the city center, while St. Pancreas is 3.6 miles (5.8 km). To get to either, take a taxi, the underground or a bus. At both locations, there is step-free access, food, free Wi-Fi and restrooms.

Arrival train station: The arrivals train station in Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly. The city center is 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the train station, which is a 14-minute walk. Via taxi it takes 8 minutes, and buses run 8-15 minutes. Manchester Piccadilly offers travelers free Wi-Fi, accessibility, restrooms, restaurants and bars.

How to find cheap train tickets from London to Manchester?

Trains from London to Manchester vary greatly in price throughout the day depending on if the departure time is in the peak morning or afternoon times. If passengers have flexibility for their departure time and are able to travel during off-peak hours, tickets can cost significantly less. Additionally, passengers who want to find cheap train tickets from London to Manchester will want to opt for the standard seating options; another way to ensure a low cost is to select tickets that restrict travel to a specified train and train time—flexibility costs extra. Cheap train tickets can also be secured by passengers who carry National Rail cards, which offer discounts to specific age brackets—such as youths and senior citizens—as well as individuals with disabilities or those who serve in the military. Children aged four and younger travel free.

Trains from London to Manchester
Travel by train to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from London to Manchester.
FAQs
How much are cheap trains to Manchester from London?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets between London and Manchester for as low as $72 (€56)  for the next 7 days.
What is the cost of a train between London and Manchester?
In the next 7 days you can expect to pay on average $91 (€71)  for a train ticket from London to Manchester.
What is the distance between London and Manchester by train?
The train distance from London to Manchester is around 162 miles (261 km).
How long is a train to Manchester from London on average?
The train time between London and Manchester is on average 2 h 7 min  for the 162 miles (261 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Manchester from London by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
When traveling by train from London to Manchester, which train station in London do I depart from and which train station in Manchester do I arrive in?

When taking a train from London, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. When you arrive in Manchester, your train can arrive in train stations including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from London Victoria   to Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the London train station located? Where is the Manchester train station located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center.

Which train providers can get me from London to Manchester?
Take the London to Manchester train with Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the trip from London to Manchester as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
What time is the earliest train from London to Manchester? What time is the last train from London to Manchester?
The earliest train for this trip departs from London at 7: 10 AM. The last train leaves from London at 9: 20 AM. Check Omio for the latest train schedule from London to Manchester and book the best time to depart on your chosen travel date.
How far in advance should I purchase train tickets between London and Manchester for the best deals?
If you book the London to Manchester train within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average $91 (€71). However, booking your train ticket in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between London and Manchester. Look out for train tickets for this route to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

London
Manchester
London Bridge
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London Charing Cross
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London Euston
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London Fenchurch Street
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London Kings Cross
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Victoria, Circle<br>Bus lines 91, 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 205, 214
London Liverpool Street
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
London Paddington
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport. Metro lines Bakerloo, Circle, District Bus lines 7, 15, 18, 23, 27, 36, 46, 105, 436
London St Pancras
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London Victoria
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines Circle, District, Victoria<br>Bus lines 22, 211, 239, C1, N11
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
London Waterloo East
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Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, Waterloo, City<br>Bus lines 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 100, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176