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Train Information between Cheltenham and Manchester

distanceDistance109 miles (176 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 24 min
priceAverage train ticket price£58 (€65)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCross Country

Trains from Cheltenham to Manchester cover the 109 miles (176 km) long route taking on average 2 h 24 min with our travel partners like Cross Country. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this journey costs around £58, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £33. Travellers depart most frequently from Cheltenham Spa and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

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CrossCountry Cheltenham – Manchester

CrossCountry trains will get you between Cheltenham and Manchester from £33. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.


CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train from Cheltenham to Manchester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

If you’re looking for a smooth and easy train from Cheltenham to Manchester, check Omio for CrossCountry trains offering this route. Whether you are looking for the fastest, earliest or cheapest train to take for this 109 miles (176 km) trip from Cheltenham to Manchester, Omio makes it easier than ever to find CrossCountry trains at affordable prices, and you can also quickly book train tickets online. Check the current CrossCountry train timetables for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route from Cheltenham to Manchester as well as relevant ticket information (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard), and book your CrossCountry train on Omio. If you search for trains from Cheltenham to Manchester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry tickets are mobile tickets, making it convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. With prices for CrossCountry trains from Cheltenham to Manchester starting at £33, buy your official CrossCountry tickets with Omio online quickly and easily!

Cheltenham to Manchester train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 56 min
  • Average Price: £33
  • CrossCountry frequency: 10 a day

These are CrossCountry 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Cheltenham to Manchester:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Cheltenham to Manchester

Trains from Cheltenham Spa to Manchester Piccadilly operate throughout the day, with around 30 services to choose from, even at weekends. With between 1-3 departures every hour spread throughout the day, there are plenty of trains to choose from. The journey can be as quick as 2 hours and 15 minutes for the fastest direct services making rail travel a great choice.

Which train companies travel from Cheltenham to Manchester Piccadilly?

Trains between Cheltenham and Manchester are operated by three train companies; Cross Country, Virgin Trains and West Midlands Railway. Cross Country trains tend to be direct or require just one train. Virgin Trains tend to require 1-2 changes at Crewe and Birmingham New Street. West Midlands only runs around one service a day and it tends to be the longest, with 3 changes.

How long is the train from Cheltenham to Manchester?

Train journeys from Cheltenham to Manchester can take as little as 2 hours and 15 minutes for the direct services. However, other routes have between 1-3 changes and can take anything from 2 hours 30 minutes to 8 hours 30 minutes depending on the train you catch.

How many trains are there from Cheltenham to Manchester?

There are around 30 trains that run each day between Cheltenham to Manchester and usually 1-3 departures every hour. Departures are spread throughout the day from the early morning through til the evening. Service regularity continues over the weekend, giving passengers options whenever they decide to travel.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Cheltenham to Manchester


Departure train station: Cheltenham Spa is located about a mile out of the main town centre, which takes between 10-15 minutes by the local bus, or five minutes by taxi. The train station has ticketing facilities, foo and dining options, shops, accessible toilets and a waiting room.

Arrival train station: Manchester Piccadilly is located directly in then centre and is the city's biggest train station. There is a taxi rank directly outside and the Metro service operates from the station. Piccadilly Gardens is home to the city bus services, and it's just a five minute walk away. Inside you'll find shops, eateries, a supermarket, ATMs, showers and accessible toilets, ticketing facilities, free Wi-Fi and seating areas.

Travel Tips

Trains from Cheltenham to Manchester
Travel by train 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 Cheltenham to Manchester.
What is the cost of cheap trains from Cheltenham to Manchester?
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Manchester from Cheltenham for the next 7 days starting from £33  one way.
What is the cost of a train ticket from Cheltenham to Manchester on average?
In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket between Cheltenham and Manchester is £58  one way.
What is the distance from Cheltenham to Manchester via train?
You should expect to travel around 109 miles (176 km)  from Cheltenham to Manchester by train.
How long is the train journey between Cheltenham and Manchester?
On average the Cheltenham to Manchester train time is 2 h 24 min  covering the 109 miles (176 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.
Which train station from Cheltenham to Manchester do I depart from? Which Manchester train station from Cheltenham do I arrive in?

Some of the Cheltenham train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include Cheltenham Spa and Cheltenham, Cheltenham Racecourse (Park&Ride). Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Cheltenham Spa   and arriving in Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the Cheltenham train station located? Where is the Manchester train station located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Cheltenham Spa, which is located around 0.7 miles (1.1 km) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0.4 miles (587 m) away from the city centre.

Which train companies should I travel with from Cheltenham to Manchester?
When taking a train from Cheltenham to Manchester, you can count on Cross Country for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service between Cheltenham and Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many train services are there to Manchester from Cheltenham a day?
On average, there are 12 trains a day from Cheltenham to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How far in advance should I book a train ticket between Cheltenham and Manchester to get the best deals?
You can find a train to Manchester from Cheltenham to cost on average £58 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your journey. You’ll see tickets for the Cheltenham to Manchester train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Cheltenham Spa is the most popular Cheltenham railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Cheltenham for your journey to Manchester.