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Train Information between Stafford and Manchester

distanceDistance47 miles (75 km)
durationAverage train duration55 min
priceAverage train ticket price$14 (€12)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country

Trains from Stafford to Manchester cover the 47 miles (75 km) long journey taking on average 55 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as $13 (€11), but the average price of train tickets is $14 (€12). Travelers depart most frequently from Stafford and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

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Crosscountry Railways from Stafford to Manchester

For as little as $13 (€11) you can travel by train between Stafford and Manchester with Crosscountry Railways. Omio will show you the best deals, schedules and tickets available for this journey.

Crosscountry Railways

Find the perfect Crosscountry Railways train from Stafford to Manchester for a smooth and relaxing journey. Omio makes it convenient for you to check the latest Crosscountry Railways train schedules and compare the cheapest, fastest or earliest train between Stafford and Manchester. You can also check relevant travel information for the Crosscountry Railways train, such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard, depending on the class fare you choose. Once you find the ideal route, book your cheap Crosscountry Railways train tickets online. You can expect to travel around 47 miles (75 km) on this trip and your Crosscountry Railways Stafford to Manchester train ticket can cost as little as $13 (€11) one-way if you book in advance. When you search for Crosscountry Railways tickets from Stafford to Manchester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Buy your official Crosscountry Railways train tickets online quickly and easily on Omio and enjoy the travel experience!

Operator ticket policies for COVID

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Stafford to Manchester

Journeying from Stafford to Manchester by train is a comfortable and fun-filled experience. The average train trip from Stafford to Manchester takes 1 hour 13 minutes. As many trains cover the Stafford-Manchester route, passengers can get a train every hour. Over 30 trains travel from Stafford to Manchester every day.

Stafford to Manchester train times: Daily departures

Travellers can expect between 25 and 31 trains from Stafford to Manchester daily, although train services may be less frequent on weekends and holidays. The earliest train leaves before 7:00 a.m., and the last train departs around 10:00 p.m. Operators covering the Stafford-to-Manchester route don't have sleeper services.

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

The distance by train from Stafford to Manchester is approximately 47 miles. With the fastest train, travellers can reach Manchester in 56 minutes, but the average trip is 1 hour 13 minutes. There are direct trains available if passengers don't want a transfer during their journey.

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

Departure train station: Trains from Stafford to Manchester depart from the Stafford train station. Passengers can reach the city centre from the station by train or bus. Nearby attractions such as the Shire Hall Gallery and Stafford Gatehouse Theatre make Stafford a top attraction for travellers and locals alike. Station facilities include ATMs, post boxes, car parking, toilets, payphones, station buffets, and shops.

Arrival train station: Trains from Stafford to Manchester arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station, the city's main railway terminal. Travellers can reach the city centre from the station in 5 to 10 minutes. The station is accessible by bus, tram, and taxi. Facilities available for passengers include bicycle racks, ATMs, free WiFi, cafés, retail outlets, toilets, baby-changing rooms, payphones, post boxes, and car parking.

Which train companies travel from Stafford to Manchester?

CrossCountry and Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) run the trains from Stafford and Manchester. Passengers can choose from 31 trains going from Stafford to Manchester daily. CrossCountry operates the fastest and cheapest trains on this route. Its large fleet runs up to 16 times daily. By comparison, ATW operates slower trains and a smaller fleet on the Stafford-Manchester route. 

CrossCountry Stafford to Manchester

CrossCountry operates long-distance, high-speed trains across the UK. Travellers can choose from up to 16 direct CrossCountry trains on the Stafford-Manchester route daily. The average journey duration is 1 hour 2 minutes, although its fastest trains complete the trip under an hour. CrossCountry has a train leaving Stafford for Manchester every hour.

Arriva Trains Wales Stafford to Manchester

ATW is owned by Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company. ATW services the Midlands and various cities across Wales. It offers both short- and long-distance trips on many routes, including the Stafford-Manchester line. The company's trains run up to 15 times daily, but none are direct.

Stafford to Manchester trains: Services on board

CrossCountry has both first- and standard-class tickets. Facilities available to passengers travelling in first class include larger seats, tables, power outlets, WiFi, and onboard refreshments. There are spaces for wheelchair users in both the standard- and first-class coaches. Mobility scooters are allowed on the train but must be folded and placed in the luggage rack. Passengers can travel with pets, provided they keep them on a lead or in a carrier. Only one item of luggage and some smaller items are permitted.

ATW offers both first-class and regular tickets on trains from Stafford to Manchester. Most of the trains in the ATW fleet can accommodate people with disabilities travelling with wheelchairs and scooters. Travellers can board the trains with their bikes but must book space in advance. Small domestic animals are permitted on the trains but must be kept on a lead or in a carrier.

How to find cheap train tickets from Perth to Aberdeen

Buying train tickets in advance can help travellers lower train travel costs. Boarding a slower train and being flexible on travel dates and times can also save money. Omio has a plethora of user-friendly tools to help travellers find the lowest-priced tickets on trains from Stafford to Manchester.

Travel Tips

Trains from Stafford to Manchester
Travel by train to Manchester 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 Stafford to Manchester.
How much do cheap trains to Manchester from Stafford cost?
Train tickets from Stafford to Manchester for some dates and times can be found for as cheap as $13 (€11)  one way in the next 7 days.
How much is the train to Manchester from Stafford on average?
The train price between Stafford and Manchester is on average $14 (€12)  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this journey in the next 7 days.
How far is Stafford to Manchester by train?
The Stafford to Manchester train distance is approximately 47 miles (75 km).
How long is the train between Stafford and Manchester?
The train time from Stafford to Manchester is on average 55 min  for the 47 miles (75 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go between Stafford and Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or traveling on weekends and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Stafford and arrival train station in Manchester?

When traveling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Stafford   and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly.

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

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this route, called Stafford, is located 0.2 miles (432 m) from the city center of Stafford.

The most popular arrival train station, Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0.4 miles (587 m) away from the city center of Manchester.

Which train companies can take me from Stafford to Manchester?
When taking a train from Stafford to Manchester, you can count on Cross Country for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Stafford to Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many train services are there between Stafford and Manchester a day?
The average number of trains departing Stafford for Manchester is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
How early should I book train tickets between Stafford and Manchester to score the best deals?
You can find trains from Stafford to Manchester to cost on average $14 (€12) 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 trip. You’ll see tickets for the Stafford to Manchester train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Stafford is Stafford. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Stafford for your journey from Stafford to Manchester.