How to travel from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester

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Travel Information to Manchester from Stoke-on-Trent

distanceDistance33 miles (53 km)
modeAvailable travel modesTrain or bus
priceTicket price range$4 - $5
cheapestCheapest modeBus • $4 (€3) • 1 h 10 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • $5 (€4) • 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixBus or Northern Rail (3)

Travel 33 miles (53 km) by train or bus to Manchester from Stoke-on-Trent. The most popular travel companies which serve this route are FlixBus or Northern Rail (3) among others. Travelers can even take a direct bus or train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester.

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How to get from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester by train, bus or flight.

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

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

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

    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.

      FAQs: Travel from Stoke-on-Trent 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 Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester.

      You can get between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester 2 different ways: train or bus.

      The cheapest way to get from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester is by taking a bus with average ticket prices of $4 (€3) compared to other travel options to Manchester:

      Taking a bus costs $1 (€1) less than taking a train, which average ticket prices of $5 (€4).

      The quickest way to travel to Manchester from Stoke-on-Trent is by train, which takes on average 35 min   compared to other travel options that take longer:

      Bus takes 1 h 10 min on average.

      Manchester is approximately 33 miles (53 km) away from Stoke-on-Trent.

      The average frequency per day from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester is:

      • 5 buses per day.
      • 25 trains a day.

      However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Manchester from Stoke-on-Trent 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 Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester:

      • Buses mostly leave from Stoke-On-Trent, Hanley Bus Station and tend to arrive in Manchester, Coach Station.
      • Trains from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester most often leave from Stoke-on-Trent and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

      The following travel companies offer services from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester:

      • Travel with FlixBus, National Express, Bus or Megabus for buses to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for FlixBus Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester tickets on Omio for $4 (€3).
      • Northern Rail (3), CrossCountry or Virgin Trains can get you to Manchester by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Northern Rail (3) from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester for $5 (€4) on Omio.

      Yes, there are direct routes from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester with the following travel companies:

      • You can find 5 direct buses per day to Manchester with FlixBus or Megabus.
      • You can find 25 direct trains per day to Manchester with Northern Rail (3), CrossCountry or Virgin Trains.

      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 journey.

      Many of our customers traveling from Stoke-on-Trent 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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