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Trains to Manchester

The second-biggest city in the United Kingdom after London, and known as the nation's 'Second City', Manchester has an international reputation as a hub for tourism, industry, commerce, and transport. Its rich industrial history saw it become the first industrialized city in the world, and it now plays home to world-class sports clubs, a vibrant music scene, and notable architecture. Even the city's robust rail infrastructure is steeped in history, and it provides several important train links to London, the northwest, Wales, Scotland, the West Country and most major locations in the UK thanks to its three main train stations.

Which is the main train station in Manchester?

The busiest Manchester train station is Manchester Piccadilly, which serves as the arrival station from many of the UK's major city destinations and regions. It's just east of Chinatown, meaning it's also perfect for those wishing to stay in a central hotel. Manchester Victoria is another major station which serves mostly the north and northeast of the country and is located just above the city's Northern Quarter. Manchester Oxford Road offers east- and west-bound direct services as well as indirect links to London.

Which train companies offer trains to Manchester?

Manchester Victoria is served by companies such as Northern Rail and First Transpennine Express, as is Manchester Oxford Road. You can expect these train companies to arrive at Manchester Piccadilly, too, along with Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains, Cross Country Rail, and Arriva Trains Wales.

Why travel by train to Manchester?

Traveling to Manchester by train is both a fast and eco-friendly option. Taking the train from London to Manchester will take around two hours, and the direct train connections from exciting destinations like harbor-town Liverpool, Sheffield, and Leeds are all under one hour. The history of the Manchester train infrastructure and surrounding network will also be fascinating to those wanting to learn more about the region's past – the Liverpool and Manchester Railway offered the first inter-city passenger rail service in the world.

Before you travel to Manchester by train - good to know!

Manchester is the third-most most-visited city in the UK owing to its famous rivaling football clubs, cultural scene, nightlife, and museums. The city also has plenty of hidden gems to discover; if travelers are able to find the entrance to the RedbankCo cafe, bar and photography studio, hidden in an old railway arch in the Green Quarter, they'll discover a cozy drinking den with a fine whiskey lounge, delicious cocktails, and beer that's brewed just a few miles away.


Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester Victoria
Manchester Oxford Road
Manchester Piccadilly

Frequently Asked Questions

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>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
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.

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