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.
The average ticket from London to Manchester will cost around £ 171 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 163.
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Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave London for Manchester every day 5 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 262 km distance in an average of 2h 6m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 2h 5m .
The slowest train will take 2h 7m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
2 hours 12 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£59|
|Trains depart from:||London|
|Trains arrive in:||Manchester|
|Train Companies:||Virgin Trains|
The good news is that passengers can travel from London to Manchester by train in as little as two hours when they take one of the many direct services on offer with Virgin Trains between the two cities. The operator's high-speed trains cover the 200-mile journey in a fraction of the time that it would take to drive, making rail travel a great choice.
This route is operated entirely by Virgin Trains using its network of high-speed trains. The route is direct and the service stops at very few stations along the way, making it extremely fast, enjoyable and efficient. So much so in fact, that commuters make the journey on a regular basis alongside tourists and daytrippers.
The shortest journey takes 2 hours 5 minutes from London Euston to Manchester Picadilly. The vast majority of these services are direct, with the exception of the overnight sleeper services which tend to require a single changeover at Birmingham New Street and which can take 8 hours due to the longer connection times.
Departure train station: Trains depart from London Euston A primary transport hub and terminal station for central London travellers, London Euston has trolleys and waiting areas, a First-Class lounge, accessible toilets with baby change facilities and showers, retail, food and coffee outlets, newsagents, payphones, free WiFi, help and information boards and desks, ticketing facilities and more. The London Underground services link to the station and there are buses and taxi ranks directly outside. The location is also ideal for making an onward journey by foot.
Arrival train station: The main train station in Manchester, Piccadilly Station is located on the edge of the city centre and it's just a short walk to the bus hub. There is a car park outside, a taxi rank and the city Metro service links from the train station. In the main waiting area there are digital information boards, ticket and help desks, supermarket, food, drink and retail concessions, payphones, ATMs, accessible toilets and trolleys.