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 Manchester to Bradford will cost around $ 16 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only $ 11.
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Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for Bradford every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct trains cover the 47 km distance in an average of 58 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 52 m .
The slowest trains will take 1 h 11 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.
|Distance||29 miles (47 km)|
|Average train duration||52 min|
|Average train ticket price||$8 (€7)|
|Train frequency||16 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Northern Rail|
Trains from Manchester to Bradford cover the 29 miles (47 km) long route taking on average 52 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $6 (€5), but the average price of train tickets is $8 (€7). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Bradford Interchange.
Direct trains from Manchester to Bradford depart at least twice every hour from early in the morning until late at night. Direct services depart from Manchester Victoria and arrive at Bradford Interchange with a journey time of just over an hour. On Sundays the first train departs a few hours later in the morning. A choice of indirect services depart from both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria throughout the day, these services involve a change at ether Leeds or Huddersfield and have a total journey time of approximately 1.5 hours.
Direct trains services to Bradford depart from Manchester Victoria. Manchester Victoria is the second biggest rail station in the city, located to the north of the city centre, close to Manchester Arena. From central Manchester passengers can walk to the station in just ten minutes. Alternatively there is a choice of public bus and metrolink tram services which offer a short 5 minute journey from the city centre to Manchester Victoria Station. Trams run from early in the morning until midnight, although those boarding the first train of the day to Bradford will need to book a cab to the station.
A UNESCO City of Film and one time Wool Capital of the World, Bradford has a rich industrial heritage. The city centre boasts a number of splendid Victorian buildings including the Italianate City Hall and with its reputation as the UK's Capital of Curry it's a great city to dine out in. Trains from Manchester arrive at Bradford Interchange, the city's main train, bus and coach terminus which is located right in the city centre. Whilst most of central Bradford can be reached on foot from here, the Interchange is a very easy place to find onward bus travel from. Those arriving after midnight will also find a choice of cab services stationed at the interchange.
The rule of buying in advance to save money is not only valid when booking a flight but also for train travel. Train tickets are generally on sale 6 months before the departure date. Some train booking tips from us:
Some of the Manchester train stations to Bradford you can start your journey from include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Bradford include Bradford Interchange and Bradford Forster Square.
When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arriving in Bradford Interchange.
The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city center of Manchester.
The most popular arrival train station, Bradford Interchange, is located 0.2 miles (353 m) away from the city center of Bradford.
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