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Oct 27
$14Northern Rail
Oct 28
$12Northern Rail
Oct 29
$12Northern Rail
Oct 30
$14Northern Rail
Oct 31
$29Avanti West Coast
Nov 2
$9Northern Rail

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Train Information between Manchester and Chester

distanceDistance33 miles (54 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price$15 (€12)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersNorthern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Chester cover the 33 miles (54 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 6 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around $15 (€12), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $9 (€7). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Chester.

Trains from Manchester to Chester: Journey Details

Direct trains from Manchester to Chester are provided by Arriva Trains Wales and Northern Rail, and depart at least once per hour throughout the week. It is also possible to take a CrossCountry train to Crewe, and then change onto a Virgin Trains service to Chester, adding only 10 minutes onto the journey time. Direct trains take 1 hour to travel between the two cities. The earliest departure is just after 5 a.m., and the final departure of the day is after midnight. At weekends, the earliest train is slightly later, and there are fewer services available.

Taking the Train from Manchester

All trains from Manchester to Chester depart from Manchester Piccadilly Station, which is located to the east of the city centre. Getting to Piccadilly from the centre is easy, as the station is well connected to other parts of Manchester via the city's extensive tram network, as well as free local buses in the central district. To get to Piccadilly from the University, travelers should catch the 147 bus, while those journeying from local towns like Rochdale or Oldham can use local trains to connect with services to Chester. Manchester has a night bus network, but to be sure of making your train, a cab is recommended for late night services.

Getting into Chester by Train

Chester was once one of the major cities in Roman Britain, and remains an important north-western hub. With its racecourse, a clutch of museums and galleries, restaurants and beautiful architecture; it's a charming place for a day-trip from Manchester. All trains from Manchester to Chester arrive at the town's station, which can be found to the north-east of the historic centre. From there, catch the 40 bus to reach the city centre, which takes around 10 minutes. There is also a special Zoo Bus link from the station.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Chester
Travel by train to Chester 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 Manchester to Chester.
How much does a cheap train from Manchester to Chester cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find cheap Manchester to Chester trains for as little as $9 (€7)  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Chester?
The Manchester to Chester train ticket price is on average $15 (€12)  if you are looking to book your tickets for this journey in the next week.
How far is Manchester to Chester by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance between Manchester and Chester by train to be approximately 33 miles (54 km).
How many hours is the train time to Chester from Manchester?
While the time it takes to travel 33 miles (54 km) from Manchester to Chester can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Manchester to Chester train journey time is on average 1 h 6 min.
What station does the train from Manchester to Chester depart from? Which Chester train station do I come into from Manchester?

Omio customers traveling this route depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Chester.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city center, and they get off the train at Chester, located 1 mile (s) / 1 km away from the city center.

Which train providers can get me from Manchester to Chester?
For the best Manchester to Chester train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales or Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services to Chester from Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.
Are there any nonstop train services from Manchester to Chester?
Yes, there are 25 direct trains per day from Manchester to Chester. You can look to travel with Arriva Trains Wales or Northern Rail  without needing to transfer at another stop in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this journey.
How many train services are there from Manchester to Chester a day?
On average, there are 25 trains a day from Manchester to Chester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When does the first train depart from Manchester to Chester? When does the last train depart from Manchester to Chester?
The first Manchester to Chester train departs at 7: 05 AM   and the last train from Manchester to Chester leaves at 10: 20 AM. Check out the most up-to-date train schedule from Manchester to Chester on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
When should I purchase the Manchester to Chester train for the best deals on tickets?
If you purchase a train ticket from Manchester to Chester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average $15 (€12) one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets to Chester from Manchester are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Manchester Piccadilly for your journey from Manchester to Chester.
Amenities at station
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales