How to travel from Cambridge to Manchester

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Travel Information from Cambridge to Manchester

distanceDistance131 miles (212 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$40 - $14
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $14 (€12) • 4 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $50 (€43) • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or East Midlands Trains

Take a train, bus or flight to travel 131 miles (212 km) to Manchester from Cambridge. The most popular travel companies which serve this trip are National Express or East Midlands Trains among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, ferry, flight or train from Cambridge to Manchester.

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from Cambridge to Manchester

How to get from Cambridge to Manchester by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

The best way to travel from Cambridge to Manchester is by taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Cambridge, Trumpington Park and Ride
01:20PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfers
Cambridge, Trumpington Park and Ride
01:20PMManchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfers
Avanti West Coast
Cambridge station (CBG)
12:05PMManchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 transfers
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East Midlands Railway
Cambridge station (CBG)
12:35PMManchester Piccadilly (MAN)
1 transfer
Avanti West Coast
Cambridge station (CBG)
12:19PMManchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 transfers
Cross Country
Cambridge station (CBG)
12:19PMManchester Piccadilly (MAN)
1 transfer

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Travel on National Express, Thameslink and CrossCountry travel to Manchester from Cambridge at great prices. Omio finds you travel times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies all in one place.

Thameslink is a train service that operates in the United Kingdom. It is operated by Govia Thameslink Railway and serves the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, London, and Surrey. The trains run from early morning until late at night, with some services running 24 hours a day. There are a variety of train types available, including Class 700 Desiro City, Class 377 Electrostar, Class 387/1 Electrostar, and Class 319/0. Ticket types include Anytime, Off-Peak, Super Off-Peak, and Advance. Onboard facilities include Wi-Fi, power sockets, and air conditioning. The most popular routes for Thameslink are London to Brighton, London to Bedford, and London to Luton.

    National Express is the leading travel company for routes throughout the United Kingdom, operating over 550 travel a day and serving over 900 destinations across the country. National Express even offers routes to and from major UK airports like Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Bristol 24 hours a day at affordable prices for the budget traveler in mind. All National Express travel are air-conditioned and provide free WiFi and onboard entertainment. Most travel are equipped with seat belts and power outlets in each seat, so you can charge your phone or laptop during a long journey. You can select between three ticket types for the Cambridge - Manchester travel: Restricted Fare, Standard Fare, and Fully Flexible Fare. Refundable tickets provide more flexibility than other ticket options, meaning you can cancel or change your ticket easily, should you need to.

      FAQs: Travel from Cambridge to Manchester

      FAQs: Travel 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 Cambridge to Manchester.

      You can get to Manchester from Cambridge 3 different ways: train, bus or flight.

      The cheapest way to travel between Cambridge and Manchester is a bus with an average price of $14 (€12).

      This is compared to other travel options from Cambridge to Manchester:

      Taking a bus costs () less than taking a ferry, which average ticket prices of ().

      A bus is $35 (€30) less than a flight for this route with tickets for a flight from Cambridge to Manchester costing on average $50 (€43).

      A bus is $26 (€22) less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from Cambridge to Manchester costing on average $40 (€35).

      The fastest way to get to Manchester from Cambridge is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 5 min.

      Other travel options to Manchester take longer:

      Bus takes 4 h 15 min on average.

      Train takes 3 h 39 min on average.

      The Cambridge to Manchester distance is around 131 miles (212 km).

      The average frequency per day from Cambridge to Manchester is:

      • 1 bus a day.
      • Around 16 trains per day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey between Cambridge and Manchester as scheduled services by train, bus or flight can vary by season or day of the week.

      These are the most popular departure and arrival points when traveling from Cambridge to Manchester:

      • Most travelers who purchase a bus ticket from Cambridge to Manchester depart from Cambridge, Parkside (Parker's Piece) to Manchester, Coach Station.
      • Most travelers who buy a plane ticket from Cambridge to Manchester depart from Cambridge City Airport to Manchester Airport.
      • Most travelers board their train from Cambridge and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

      Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Cambridge to Manchester:

      • You can go to Manchester from Cambridge by bus with National Express, FlixBus or Megabus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $14 (€12) with FlixBus from Cambridge to Manchester on Omio.
      • You can go to Manchester from Cambridge by train with East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, East Coast, TransPennine Express, Thameslink or Great Northern. You'll see cheap train tickets for $40 (€35) with East Midlands Trains from Cambridge to Manchester on Omio.

      Yes, there are direct routes from Cambridge to Manchester with the following travel companies:

      • You can check for a direct bus to Manchester with FlixBus with 1 direct bus per day.

      Direct services to Manchester tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your trip.

      Many of our customers traveling from Cambridge to Manchester don't make Manchester their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after Manchester are London, Liverpool, Paris, Edinburgh or Glasgow, either of which you could add to your trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Manchester to any of these top destinations today!
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