How to travel from Manchester to London

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Travel Information from Manchester to London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, bus or flight
priceTicket price range$9 - $82
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $9 (€8) • 4 h 50 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $82 (€71) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or Virgin Trains

Travel 162 miles (261 km) by train, bus or flight between Manchester and London. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Megabus, British Airways or Virgin Trains among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Manchester to London.

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from Manchester to London

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

Our recommendation

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

Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
09:20PMLondon, Victoria Coach Station
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British Airways
Manchester Airport (MAN)
08:25PMLondon Heathrow Airport (LHR)
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West Midlands Railway
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
01:24PMLondon Euston (EUS)
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East Midlands Railway
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:38AMLondon St Pancras International (STP)
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Avanti West Coast
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:27AMLondon Euston (EUS)
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
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Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
02:40PMLondon, Victoria Coach Station
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Manchester Airport (MAN)
06:55PMLondon City Airport (LCY)
1 transfer
British Airways
Manchester Airport (MAN)
10:30AMLondon Heathrow Airport (LHR)
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British Airways
Manchester Airport (MAN)
09:10AMLondon Heathrow Airport (LHR)
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How to Travel from Manchester to London

Thousands of people travel in the UK between Manchester and London every week, both for professional and personal trips. There are a number of travel options available to customers: flights are fast but expensive, trains are reliable and frequent, and buses are cheap but sluggish.

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What is the best way to travel from Manchester to London?

Cheapest way to travel from Manchester to London


Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to London. Buses traveling from Manchester to London depart from Manchester Coach station and take at least 3:50 h to arrive at London's Victoria bus station. Over 20 buses travel from Manchester to London during the week, with the first departing at 5:40 a.m. Weekend buses are offered more infrequently. National Express is the main bus company that travels from Manchester to London.

Fastest way to travel from Manchester to London


Taking a flight is the fastest way to travel from Manchester to London. Flights traveling from Manchester to London can depart from either Leeds/Bradford airport or Manchester airport and arrive at either London's Heathrow, Gatwick, City, or Stansted airport after an hour of flight time. British Airways travel directly from Manchester to London.

Most popular way to travel from Manchester to London


Taking the train is the most popular way to travel from Manchester to London. Trains traveling from Manchester to London depart from Manchester's Picadilly train station and arrive at London's Euston train station after approximately 2 hours of travel time. All trains that travel from Manchester to London are operated by Virgin Trains. Virgin Trains travel from Manchester to London approximately 10 times per day.

How to get from Manchester to London

The Best Way According to our Users

Whether it is for business or leisure, in order to travel from Manchester to London, 61,32% 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 London 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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Northern Trains is a publicly owned travel operating company in the United Kingdom, headquartered in York. The company operates local and commuter travel across the entire north of England connecting regions of the North East, North West, East Midlands, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and the Humber coast line. The rail network in the UK has been run by over 20 travel companies, but they work together as National Rail with coordinated fares and ticketing. Tickets such as Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime Day are available to purchase for routes with Northern. There is only one class option on Northern travel: Standard.

FlixBus is one of the most popular low-cost travel companies in Europe. Founded in Germany, FlixBus has expanded its services throughout Europe and even to the United States, giving travelers in both continents the option to take a long-distance travel at an affordable price. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one carry-on bag and one checked bag per person. Additional fees apply for bringing extra luggage and making specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat. Standard amenities onboard include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets.

FlixBus from Manchester to London travel information:

  • Average Duration: 4 h 50 min
  • Cheapest Price: $12
  • FlixBus frequency: 3 a day

KLM is the Netherlands' national carrier and offers two types of ticket for your travel between Manchester and London: Economy and Business.

FAQs: Travel from Manchester to London

FAQs: Travel to London 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 London.

There are 3 travel options from Manchester to London: train, bus or flight.

The cheapest way to go to London from Manchester is by taking a bus, which costs on average $9 (€8).

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

Taking a bus costs $73 (€63) less than taking a flight, which costs on average $82 (€71) for the same trip.

Taking a bus costs $25 (€22) less than taking a train, which costs on average $35 (€30) for the same trip.

The quickest way to travel from Manchester to London is by flight, which takes on average 1 h   compared to other travel options that take longer:

Taking a bus requires on average 4 h 50 min of travel time.

Taking a train requires on average 2 h 9 min of travel time.

London is approximately 162 miles (261 km) away from Manchester.

The average frequency per day from Manchester to London is:

  • 17 buses a day.
  • Around 25 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to London from 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 from Manchester to London:

  • Buses most often depart from Manchester at Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in London at London, Victoria Coach Station.
  • Flights mostly leave from Manchester Airport and tend to arrive in London Gatwick Airport.
  • Trains from Manchester to London most often leave from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in London Waterloo.

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

  • You can go to London from Manchester by bus with Megabus, National Express, DoggioBus or FlixBus. You'll see cheap bus tickets for $9 (€8) with Megabus from Manchester to London on Omio.
  • You can travel from Manchester to London by flight with British Airways, Cityflyer (British Airways 2), Azul or KLM. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for $73 (€64) with British Airways from Manchester to London.
  • You can go to London from Manchester by train with Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry, Bus, Chiltern Railways, Northern Rail (3) or TransPennine Express. You'll see cheap train tickets for $35 (€30) with Virgin Trains from Manchester to London on Omio.

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

  • You'll find 17 direct buses a day to London with Megabus, National Express or FlixBus.
  • You'll find 25 direct trains a day to London with Virgin Trains.

Direct services to London 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.

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