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from Manchester to Bolton

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To get from Manchester to Bolton on Jan 23 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Bolton from Manchester

distanceDistance11 miles (17 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain
fastestFastest modeTrain • $7 (€6) • 13 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNorthern Rail

Take a train to travel 11 miles (17 km) between Manchester and Bolton. Northern Rail is the main travel company operating this trip. Travelers can even take a direct train from Manchester to Bolton.

How to travel from Manchester to Bolton?

Located in the North West of England, Bolton is a wonderful city that attracts many visitors every year. Its stunning moorlands combined with a cosmopolitan town, make Bolton a top-rated tourist destination. It is also home to the Premier League football team, Bolton Wanderers, who play their home games at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton is also situated 10 miles north-west of Manchester city center, so travel between the two is a breeze. Travelers can get from Manchester to Bolton by bus or train. The bus and train services are available every day of the week, but there are fewer services during weekends and holidays. The journey time is usually between less than an hour and two hours. The buses depart Manchester city from Manchester Chorlton St. Station and arrive at the central bus station in Bolton while the trains leave Manchester Oxford Road Station and arrive at Bolton Railway Station. Both the Bolton Railway Station and Bolton Bus Station are located at Bolton's Interchange, which is Bolton's main transportation hub.

What is the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Bolton?

The cheapest way to get from Manchester to Bolton is by bus, which takes one hour and 30 minutes. The bus departs from Manchester Chorlton Station and arrives at Bolton's main bus station. These bus services are operated by National Express and depart four times a day.

What is the fastest way to travel from Manchester to Bolton?

The quickest way to get from Manchester to Bolton is by train, which can take as little as 19 minutes. This is usually a direct train that departs from Manchester Oxford Road and arrives at Bolton railway station. The trains leave every half an hour and operate every day.

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Travel from Manchester to Bolton by train

Each day, there are over 20 trains on the rail route between Manchester and Boston. The trains often take about 20 minutes to reach Bolton, without stops. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays. Two train companies serve this route: Northern Rail and TransPennine Express. Northern Rail operates a train from Manchester Oxford Road to Bolton every 30 minutes while TransPennine Express services this route every four hours. The earliest train to Boston is usually scheduled to depart around 5:00 a.m., and the last train is around midnight. There are no sleeper services. All the trains leave from Manchester Oxford Road station and arrive at Bolton railway station. The Bolton railway station is located in the center of town, so travelers can easily access the other parts of Bolton.

Travel from Manchester to Bolton by bus

Between Manchester and Bolton, there are up to 12 bus departures. The average time for a bus to travel between Manchester and Bolton is around two hours. However, the fastest bus reaches Bolton in one hour and 30 minutes, with the earliest bus leaving Manchester is around 6:00 a.m. and the latest around 11:00 p.m. National Express offers buses four times a day that depart from Manchester Coach Station, which is only a nine-minute walk away from the Manchester city center. The point of arrival is the Bolton central bus station, which is only a three-minute walk from the town center. The Bolton central bus station is connected to other parts of the city by public transport. 

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Bolton

Travel to Bolton 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 Bolton.

How do I go from Manchester to Bolton?

Travel Manchester to Bolton by train.

What is the quickest way to get from Manchester to Bolton?

A train is the fastest way to get to Bolton from Manchester with an average travel time for this route around 13 min.

What is the distance from Manchester to Bolton?

The distance is approximately 11 miles (17 km) from Manchester to Bolton.

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Manchester to Bolton?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Bolton is:

  • Around 25 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points in Manchester and in Bolton?

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

  • Most travelers who purchase a train ticket from Manchester to Bolton depart from Manchester Piccadilly to Bolton.

Which travel companies can take me from Manchester to Bolton?

Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with between Manchester and Bolton:

  • You can take a train from Manchester to Bolton with Northern Rail. Cheap tickets can be found for $7 (€6) with Northern Rail from Manchester to Bolton.

Can I find a direct route from Manchester to Bolton?

Yes, there is a direct service from Manchester to Bolton:

  • You can find 25 direct trains per day to take to Bolton with Northern Rail.

Direct services to Bolton 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 route.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to Bolton from Manchester ends?

Omio customers who travel from Manchester to Bolton often also extend their vacation to go to London, Glasgow or Liverpool. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Bolton and these popular destinations at a great price.

How far in advance should I purchase tickets from Manchester to Bolton online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip from Manchester to Bolton, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Train tickets are costing on average $7 (€6) one way.

However, we recommend buying tickets from Manchester to Bolton online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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