Glasgow to Manchester train

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 19 May

Cheapest

£46

Average

£70

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

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09:06Glasgow Central3h14 12:20Manchester Oxford Road
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£461One-way
10:50Glasgow Central3h42 14:32Manchester Victoria
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£541One-way
08:36Glasgow Central3h17 11:53Manchester Oxford Road
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£581One-way
09:40Glasgow Central3h29 13:09Deansgate
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£731One-way
10:40Glasgow Central3h13 13:53Manchester Oxford Road
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£731One-way

Train schedule Glasgow to Manchester

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08:36Glasgow Central3h17 11:53Manchester Oxford Road
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09:06Glasgow Central3h14 12:20Manchester Oxford Road
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09:40Glasgow Central3h29 13:09Deansgate
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10:40Glasgow Central3h13 13:53Manchester Oxford Road
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10:45Glasgow Queen Street5h23 16:08Manchester Victoria
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10:50Glasgow Central3h42 14:32Manchester Victoria
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Fastest train times from Glasgow to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 19 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 13 m

Average

3 h 43 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

295 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Glasgow for Manchester every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

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10:40Glasgow Central3h13 13:53Manchester Oxford Road
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09:06Glasgow Central3h14 12:20Manchester Oxford Road
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08:36Glasgow Central3h17 11:53Manchester Oxford Road
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09:40Glasgow Central3h29 13:09Deansgate
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10:50Glasgow Central3h42 14:32Manchester Victoria
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Overview: Train from Glasgow to Manchester

distanceDistance183 miles (295 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 17 min
priceAverage train ticket price£63 (€71)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersTranspennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Scotrail, Northern Rail or Cross Country

Trains from Glasgow to Manchester cover the 183 miles (295 km) long route taking on average 3 h 17 min with our travel partners like Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Scotrail, Northern Rail or Cross Country. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £63, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £35. Travellers depart most frequently from Glasgow Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Glasgow to Manchester

Travel from Glasgow to Manchester from £35 with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient trip for you.

CrossCountry

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

Find cheap tickets for CrossCountry trains from Glasgow to Manchester on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Glasgow to Manchester train timetable from CrossCountry, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 183 miles (295 km) journey from Glasgow to Manchester, including information on luggage policy and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains from Glasgow to Manchester in the Omio app, you can check to see if the CrossCountry trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. Check the CrossCountry train timetable for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to Manchester from Glasgow and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train between Glasgow and Manchester with CrossCountry!

    Trains from Glasgow to Manchester

    You can easily get trains from Glasgow to Manchester, as a frequent service operates between these two cities. There are up to nine trains daily, depending on the day of the week. The first departure is normally in the early morning, with the last in the early evening. The average journey time is about 3h 15min throughout the week, so it won’t take long before you arrive at your destination. There are both direct and indirect trains, depending on the operator you choose to travel with.

    Glasgow to Manchester Train Time: Daily Departures

    There are about nine Glasgow to Manchester trains on weekdays and Saturdays and around seven on Sundays. The first departure is normally at about 04:30 from Monday to Saturday, with the Sunday one a little later at around 09:15. The last train from Glasgow to Manchester leave at about 19:00 on weekdays, 18:45 on Saturdays and 19:15 on Sundays.

    How long is the journey by train from Glasgow to Manchester?

    Travelling by train from Glasgow to Manchester tends to take about 3h 15min throughout the week. There is a faster train that takes about 3h 02min and some slower trains that take in the region of 3h 25min. You can take both direct and indirect trains from Glasgow to Manchester.

    Trains from Glasgow to Manchester: arch bridge in Glasgow at night. Source: Shutterstock

    What is/are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Glasgow to Manchester?

    Departure train station: When you get the Glasgow to Manchester train, you will usually depart from Glasgow Central train station, located in the city centre. You can get to the station from popular tourist sites such as People’s Palace in about 16min on the number 18 bus. At the station, you will find ticket machines, toilets, baby changing areas, showers and cashpoints, as well as places to buy food and drink.

    Arrival train station: Trains usually arrive at Manchester Oxford Road, which is about a 7-minute journey to the Manchester Art Gallery on the number 197 bus. You’ll find a range of amenities at the station, such as food and drink stalls, toilets and a post box.

    Which train companies travel from Glasgow to Manchester?

    There are two companies that travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, namely TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast. You can travel directly with TransPennine Express on one of their roughly 61 trains throughout the week. Avanti West Coast provides an indirect service of about 104 trains weekly. The average journey time on this route is approximately 3 h 15min, so it won’t take long whichever provider you choose.

    Night trains Glasgow

    There are no trains operating through the night on this service. However, there is a range of trains that leave early in the morning. The earliest departure tends to be at about 04:20, arriving at around 08:20. The last train of the day is shortly after 20:00, getting into Manchester at about 23:20.

    Avanti West Coast trains from Glasgow to Manchester

    Avanti West Coast’s Glasgow to Manchester train offers a comprehensive service throughout the week. There tend to be about 16 trains daily between Monday and Friday, about 15 on a Saturday and approximately nine on a Sunday. The first departure is at around 04:25 from Monday to Saturday and at about 09:35 on a Sunday. The final departure is at around 20:00 on weekdays, 18:40 on Saturdays and about 17:35 on Sundays. The average journey duration is in the region of 3h 15min, with some trains completing the trip in about 3h 7min. Trains with this provider are indirect, so you will have to change along the way, most likely at a station such as Lancaster.

    TransPennine Express trains from Glasgow to Manchester

    TransPennine Express trains also offer frequent and reliable service throughout the week. There are about nine trains each day from Monday to Saturday and about seven on Sundays. The first train to leave on weekdays and Saturdays is at about 04:20, with it being a bit later on Sundays at around 09:15. The final departure on trains from Glasgow to Manchester is at around 19:10 on weekdays, around 18:50 on Saturdays and 19:15 on Sundays. The average journey time is also in the region of 3h 15min, with some trains taking a little less time at about 3h 09min. Most of the TransPennine Express trains are direct, so you won’t need to transfer during your journey.

    Trains from Glasgow to Manchester: Sustainability travel

    When you get a train from Glasgow to Manchester, you will be travelling sustainably. Compared to other modes of transport, such as plane, car or bus, travelling by train causes lower carbon emissions per passenger. This is great for your own carbon footprint but also for the environment in general. There is less noise pollution too, which is helpful for the well-being of people and wildlife.

    Train Glasgow to Manchester: Services on Board

    When you get a Glasgow to Manchester train, you will find a range of great facilities. You can choose between First- and Second-Class travel on trains by either operator. On TransPennine trains, the luggage needs to fit into the luggage racks, whilst on Avanti West Coast, the bags must be no larger than 30cm x 70cm x 90cm. You can take along your bicycle, but you should reserve this in advance due to the limited bike spaces available. Pets can be taken on board too, but you need to have them on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times. If you are a passenger travelling with a disability, you can contact the operator ahead of your journey, and assistance will be provided when you get to the station and when you reach your destination.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Manchester

    You can generally get cheap tickets from Glasgow to Manchester if you book your train in advance of your travel as tickets tend to get more expensive the closer you get to the departure date. Flexibility with travel times also helps, as you may find cheaper a few hours either side of your preferred time of travel. For great discounts, you can also use railcards, such as senior or student railcards. For more inspiration on cheap travel locations in the UK, check out the Omio Magazine, Window Seat.

    Trains from Glasgow to Manchester: backpacker on a train to Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

    To Manchester by train—travel tips

    When you get a train to Manchester from Glasgow, you will find that there is plenty to see and do. Begin your trip by going to Manchester Cathedral, one of the few remaining parts of medieval Manchester. Then take a trip to see your favourite football team play at The Etihad Stadium or Old Trafford. You can also get tours of the grounds if there is no match on. There are some great museums in the city, such as the Manchester Museum, which looks at the industrial revolution. The Science and Industry Museum is built on the site of what is considered the first railway station. Finally, Manchester Art Gallery, with its range of paintings from a variety of eras, is also a must-see.

    • Visit the neo-Gothic John Rylands Library
    • Get merry at the City of Manchester Distillery
    • Enhance your football knowledge at the National Football Museum
    • Find out about the city’s past at the People’s History Museum
    • Get some fresh air at the Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens

    Travel Tips: Trains from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Manchester.
    FAQs
    You can find a cheap train from Glasgow to Manchester for some dates and times for as low as £35  one way in the next 7 days.
    The Glasgow to Manchester train ticket price is on average £63  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this trip in the next week.
    You should expect to travel around 183 miles (295 km)  to Manchester from Glasgow by train.
    While the time it takes to travel 183 miles (295 km) between Glasgow and Manchester can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Glasgow to Manchester is on average 3 h 17 min.

    There are a few train stations in Glasgow to start your trip from including Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Charing Cross (Glasgow). In Manchester you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

    Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Glasgow Central   and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Glasgow Central and travel around 1.1 miles (1.7 km) from the city centre to this train station.

    Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel approximately 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the train station to the city centre in Manchester.

    If you're looking for trains from Glasgow to Manchester, you can rely on Transpennine Express, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway, Scotrail, Northern Rail or Cross Country to get you to Manchester. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Glasgow to Manchester trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    Yes, there are 10 direct trains a day between Glasgow and Manchester. If you’re looking for a direct train from Glasgow to Manchester, consider travelling with Transpennine Express. Non-stop train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking your train tickets.
    The average number of trains departing Glasgow for Manchester is 10 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    If you prefer early morning trains from Glasgow to Manchester, the first train leaves at 05: 30. If you prefer late night trains from Glasgow to Manchester, the last train of the day leaves at 20: 06. Omio shows you the latest train from Glasgow to Manchester times to help you book the best departure time for this route.
    The price of a one way train ticket from Glasgow to Manchester is on average £63 if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets between Glasgow and Manchester available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Glasgow
    Manchester
    Glasgow Central is the most popular Glasgow 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 Glasgow for your journey to Manchester.
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    AccessibilityAccessibility
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    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
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    Mon - Sat: 05: 30 - 21: 30 | Sun: 09: 15 - 21: 30
    Public transport options for Glasgow Central
    Bus lines: 6, 7, 18, 21, 75, 263, 267, 500 Airport Express
    Train lines: West Coast Main Line, ScotRail, Avanti West Coast, LNER, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Caledonian Sleeper

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