How to travel from Manchester to Liverpool

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Travel Information to Liverpool from Manchester

distanceDistance30 miles (49 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$2 - $5
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $2 (€2) • 1 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • $5 (€5) • 39 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail (3)

Take a train or bus to travel 30 miles (49 km) from Manchester to Liverpool. The most popular travel companies which serve this journey are National Express or Northern Rail (3) among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Manchester to Liverpool.

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from Manchester to Liverpool

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

Our recommendation

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

Northern Rail
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
10:55AMLiverpool Lime Street (LIV)
0 transfers
National Express
Manchester, Coach Station
0 transfers
Transpennine Express
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
09:05AMLiverpool Lime Street (LIV)
0 transfers
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Northern Rail
Deansgate (DGT)
10:52AMLiverpool Lime Street (LIV)
0 transfers
Northern Rail
Deansgate (DGT)
09:53AMLiverpool Lime Street (LIV)
0 transfers
East Midlands Railway
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:29AMLiverpool Lime Street (LIV)
0 transfers
Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfers
Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
0 transfers
National Express
Manchester, Coach Station
0 transfers

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General Information About the Journey from Manchester to Liverpool

There are a number of transport options available for the journey from Manchester to Liverpool, however train and bus services are by far the quickest and most convenient options; with a number of direct connections connected the two cities on a daily bases. The two cities are just 55 kilometers apart with the majority of the services taking less than two hours departing from Manchester to Liverpool at frequent intervals.

Buses from Manchester to Liverpool

There are a number of options for getting from Manchester to Liverpool by bus. National Express offers over 30 buses departing over the course of the day. Terravision operates bus services between Manchester Center Sackville and Liverpool Airport which takes 40 minutes. There are approximately 17 services per day.

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool

There are three stations in Manchester that have direct services to Liverpool Lime Street: Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road. Services start just after 5:00 a.m. and are operated by Northern Rail and Transpennine Express. The journey takes between 45 minutes and 1hr 20mins. The last daily service is just after 11:00 p.m. and there are up to 8 services per hour throughout the day.

How to get from Manchester to Liverpool

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Manchester to Liverpool, 76,82% of our customers choose the train as their preferred mode of transportation. By traveling by train on this route, you can enjoy the comfort of spacious seats, spectacular views—and in some cases free Wi-Fi—in both second and first class. Our customers have decided that the train is the best way to get from Manchester to Liverpool and have chosen to enjoy this fast, safe and efficient way to arrive at their destination. Taking the train also avoids long lines or potential expenses for transfers to/from the station—especially since most main railway stations are located in the city center. Train companies in Europe vary from country to country, but most of them offer high-speed train routes, therefore when you add up at the end-to-end journey time, the train is often also the fastest way to get to your destination.

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Transpennine Express is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates services from Manchester and Liverpool to Scotland, the North East and Yorkshire. It offers a range of services, including express, regional and local trains. Express trains are the fastest, with journey times of up to three hours. Regional trains are slower, but offer more stops and a more relaxed atmosphere. Local trains are the slowest, but offer the most stops. Transpennine Express offers a range of ticket types, including single, return, group and season tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for Transpennine Express are Manchester to Edinburgh, Liverpool to Leeds and Manchester to York. These routes offer a convenient and comfortable way to travel between the cities.

Travel information from Manchester to Liverpool with TransPennine Express:

  • Average Duration: 37 min
  • Cheapest Price: $6

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 Manchester - Liverpool 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.

Travel information from Manchester to Liverpool with National Express:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 5 min
  • Cheapest Price: $28
  • National Express frequency: 11 a day

FAQs: Travel from Manchester to Liverpool

FAQs: Travel 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.

There are 2 options to travel to Liverpool from Manchester including taking a train or bus.

The cheapest way to go to Liverpool from Manchester is by taking a bus, which costs on average $2 (€2).

This is compared to other ways of getting from Manchester to Liverpool:

Taking a bus costs $3 (€3) less than taking a train, which costs on average $5 (€5) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel to Liverpool from Manchester is by train, which takes on average 39 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

Getting to Liverpool by bus takes 1 h on average.

The distance is approximately 30 miles (49 km) from Manchester to Liverpool.

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Liverpool is:

  • Around 12 buses per day.
  • 50 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip from Manchester to Liverpool as scheduled services by train or bus can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points from Manchester to Liverpool:

  • Buses mostly depart from Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Liverpool, Liverpool One.
  • Trains from Manchester to Liverpool most often leave from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Liverpool Lime Street.

The following travel companies offer services from Manchester to Liverpool:

  • Travel with National Express, Megabus, FlixBus or Baraza to go to Liverpool by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find FlixBus Manchester to Liverpool tickets on Omio for $2 (€2).
  • Travel with Northern Rail (3), TransPennine Express or East Midlands Trains to go to Liverpool by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find TransPennine Express Manchester to Liverpool tickets on Omio for $5 (€5).

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

  • You can check for a direct bus to Liverpool with National Express, Megabus or FlixBus with 12 direct buses per day.
  • You can check for a direct train to Liverpool with Northern Rail (3), TransPennine Express or East Midlands Trains with 50 direct trains per day.

Direct services to Liverpool 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.

Your trip from Manchester to Liverpool doesn't have to end in Liverpool. Many of our customers like to extend their vacation to explore other popular destinations like London, Edinburgh, Birmingham or Glasgow. If you’d like to add London, Edinburgh, Birmingham or Glasgow to your Manchester to Liverpool tour, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Liverpool today!
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