How to travel from Manchester to London

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from Manchester to London

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

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To get from Manchester to London on Nov 30 we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

10:05AMManchester, Airport5h40 03:45PMLondon
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04:30PMManchester, Airport4h35 09:05PMLondon
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Travel Information between Manchester and London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
modeAvailable travel modesBus, ferry, flight or train
priceTicket price range$10 - $93
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $10 (€9) • 4 h 35 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • $68 (€62) • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast

Travel 162 miles (261 km) by bus, ferry, flight or train between Manchester and London. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a bus is the best option with prices starting as low as $10 (€9). The most popular travel companies which serve this route are Megabus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus, flight or train from Manchester to London.

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.

Trains from Manchester to London | Buses from Manchester to London | Flights from Manchester to London

Manchester to London Travel Comparison

Average Price

Travel Time

Cheapest Time to Book

buses

€7

3:50 h

1 Week Ahead

trains

€51

2:08 h

1 Month Ahead

flight

€67

1:00 h

2 Weeks Ahead



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

Cheapest way to travel from Manchester to London


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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


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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


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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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Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to London

Travel Tips: 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.
FAQs

You can travel to London from Manchester 4 different ways: bus, ferry, flight or train.

The cheapest way to travel between Manchester and London is by taking a bus with an average price of $10 (€9).

This is compared to other travel options to London:

A bus is generally $58 (€53) less than a flight for the same trip. Taking a flight costs on average $68 (€62) from Manchester to London.

Taking a bus is usually $83 (€75) less than taking a train to London, which costs on average $93 (€84) for the same trip.

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

Other travel options to London can usually take longer:

In comparison, traveling by bus can take you on average 4 h 35 min.

In comparison, taking a train requires on average 2 h 11 min   of travel time.

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to London is:

  • 6 buses per day.
  • 43 trains per day.

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

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

  • Most travelers board their plane from Manchester Airport and arrive in London Heathrow Airport.
  • Most travelers who buy a train ticket from Manchester to London depart from Manchester Piccadilly to London Victoria.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Manchester to London, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Megabus to go to London by bus. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Megabus Manchester to London tickets on Omio for $10 (€9).
  • British Airways can get you to London by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with British Airways from Manchester to London for $68 (€62) on Omio.
  • Travel with Avanti West Coast for trains to London. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Avanti West Coast Manchester to London tickets on Omio for $93 (€84).

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

  • You can travel directly by bus with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus with 6 direct buses per day.
  • You can find around 43 direct trains per day and travel with Avanti West Coast.

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

Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to London often extend their vacation and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and London itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between London and any of these top destinations today!

Before traveling from Manchester to London, it’s good to know what ticket you can book and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • A bus ticket costs $10 (€9) one way on average for this journey.
  • A plane ticket for this route is costing $68 (€62) one way on average.
  • A train ticket for this trip is costing $93 (€84) one way on average.

But we recommend booking Manchester to London tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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