|Distance||162 miles (261 km)|
|Average train duration||2 h 3 min|
|Average train ticket price||$84 (€68)|
|Train frequency||16 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country|
Trains from London to Manchester cover the 162 miles (261 km) long route taking on average 2 h 3 min with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around $84 (€68), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $66 (€53). Travelers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
For as little as $66 (€53) you can travel by train between London and Manchester with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.
CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between London and Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.
Looking to travel by train from London to Manchester? Omio can help you find that perfect journey with CrossCountry. Check Omio to see current CrossCountry train schedules, tickets, travel information and prices for the best deals on the London to Manchester train and book CrossCountry tickets online quickly and easily. When taking a train from London to Manchester, you can expect to travel 162 miles (261 km) one-way with CrossCountry. If you search for trains between London and Manchester in the Omio app, you can check if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when traveling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train with CrossCountry, we do the work for you to get you safely to Manchester from London. Book that perfect London to Manchester train now with Omio and enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey with CrossCountry!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of the London train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.
When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from London Victoria and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly.
Passengers board their train most frequently from London Victoria and travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city center to this train station.
Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel approximately 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the train station to the city center in Manchester.
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