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Overview: Train from Manchester to Liverpool

distanceDistance30 miles (49 km)
durationAverage train duration53 min
priceAverage train ticket price$5 (€4)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesNorthern Rail, First Transpennine Express or East Midlands Trains

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool cover the 30 miles (49 km) long route taking on average 53 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail, First Transpennine Express or East Midlands Trains. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around $5 (€4), you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as $4 (€4). Travelers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Liverpool Lime Street.

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool

Around 40 trains leave Manchester for Liverpool every day, all day. All of the routes from Manchester to Liverpool are direct, with an average journey time of approximately 55 minutes. Depending on the train operator, trips take between about 40 minutes and 1 hour 15 minutes. The distance between Manchester and Liverpool is 31 miles.

Manchester to Liverpool train times: Daily departures

Manchester to Liverpool trains start leaving just before 5 a.m., and the last one leaves at approximately 11:30 p.m. Trains from Manchester to Liverpool depart every 30 minutes during the morning and evening rush hours and at one-hour intervals at less busy times. Passengers are more likely to get a comfortable seat when travelling outside peak periods. 

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

The average journey by train from Manchester to Liverpool takes approximately 58 minutes, with the fastest taking about 40 minutes and the slowest taking about 1 hour 15 minutes. There are no changes on this route - each journey is direct.

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

Departure train station: Trains from Manchester to Liverpool leave from Manchester Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road, or Deansgate. All stations are around a mile from the city centre and have shuttle bus, metro, and taxi connections. Station facilities include ticket offices, cafés, newsagents, and toilets.

Arrival train station: When travelling by train from Manchester, passengers arrive at Liverpool Central or Liverpool Lime Street Station. Both are under one mile from the centre of the city. There are taxi ranks and bus stops by both stations. The train stations have ATMs, public WiFi, cafés, shops, toilets, and baby-changing facilities.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Liverpool?

Train companies operating Manchester-to-Liverpool services include East Midlands, Northern Rail, and First TransPennine Express. First TransPennine Express provides the quickest route, with a journey time of around 40 minutes. When travelling from Manchester to Liverpool by train, each service is direct. None of the operators offers sleeper services on this route. 

East Midlands Manchester to Liverpool

East Midlands trains leave Manchester for Liverpool every 40 minutes. All of the high-speed train journeys are direct, and seats are standard or first class. Journeys take about 45 minutes to just over one hour, depending on departure time.

Northern Rail Manchester to Liverpool

Northern Rail runs two direct trains every hour from Manchester to Liverpool. They depart from Manchester train stations approximately every 30 minutes, taking from 40 minutes to just over one hour. There are cheap standard single, off-day peak single, first-class, and advanced single tickets.

First TransPennine Express Manchester to Liverpool

First TransPennine Express Manchester-to-Liverpool trains leave every hour. The high-speed direct trains take just under one hour to reach Liverpool Lime Street Station. Both standard and first-class tickets are available. 

Manchester to Liverpool trains: Services on board

East Midlands trains' luggage allowance is three items; this comprises one piece of hand luggage and two large pieces that must be stored in luggage racks. Cats, dogs, and other small domestic animals are allowed on board, free of charge. Bikes can also be taken on board for free, although there are only two spaces on each train. 

Northern Rail passengers have a luggage allowance of 23 kg. Larger items must be stored in the luggage areas provided. Dogs, cats, and other animals are allowed on board as long as they don't inconvenience other passengers. There are generally only two spaces for bikes.

On First TransPennine Express trains, luggage racks are provided to store large bags up to 25 kg. Overhead racks above seats can be used for smaller items. Pets can travel free of charge if they're well behaved, and dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. If you want to take a bike, reserve a space at least 15 minutes before travelling. All three train operators offer boarding assistance to people with disabilities.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool

The best way to save money on trains from Manchester to Liverpool is to book tickets in advance. For cheaper tickets, travellers should be flexible with their travel dates and consider booking a train with a longer journey.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool
Travel by train to Liverpool 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 Liverpool.
FAQs
How much do cheap train tickets to Liverpool from Manchester cost?
Train tickets between Manchester and Liverpool for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $4 (€4)  one way in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket to Liverpool from Manchester?
If you are looking to purchase your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Manchester to Liverpool train to cost on average $5 (€4)  one way.
How far is it from Manchester to Liverpool by train?
When traveling this route you should expect the distance to Liverpool from Manchester by train to be approximately 30 miles (49 km).
How long is a train to Liverpool from Manchester on average?
While the time it takes to travel 30 miles (49 km) between Manchester and Liverpool can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the Manchester to Liverpool train journey time is on average 53 min.
What is the departure train station in Manchester and arrival train station in Liverpool?

When taking a train from Manchester, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. When you arrive in Liverpool, your train can arrive in train stations including Liverpool Lime Street, Liverpool Central and Liverpool South Parkway.

Omio customers traveling this route book their trains from Manchester Piccadilly   to Liverpool Lime Street.

Where is the departure train station in Manchester located? Where is the arrival train station in Liverpool located?

Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city center to this train station.

Passengers traveling this route most often arrive at Liverpool Lime Street and need to travel approximately 0.2 miles (346 m) from the train station to the city center in Liverpool.

Which train companies should I travel with from Manchester to Liverpool?
For the best Manchester to Liverpool train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Northern Rail, First Transpennine Express or East Midlands Trains. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Manchester to Liverpool to compare what amenities they may offer.
How many train services per day are there between Manchester and Liverpool?
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Liverpool is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When should I buy the Manchester to Liverpool train for the best deals on tickets?
You can find trains between Manchester and Liverpool to cost on average $5 (€4) one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your route. You’ll see tickets for the Manchester to Liverpool train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Liverpool
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester railway station for Omio travelers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Manchester for your trip to Liverpool.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transit options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales