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Train Information to Manchester from London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
priceAverage train ticket price£39 (€44)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersAvanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country

Trains from London to Manchester cover the 162 miles (261 km) long route with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £26, but the average price of train tickets is £39. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

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Train to Manchester from London with CrossCountry

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets from London to Manchester from £26 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient journey.

CrossCountry

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

Save time and money by searching for and booking your CrossCountry train to Manchester from London online with Omio! If you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest CrossCountry train between London and Manchester, Omio can help you out every step of the way. Check current CrossCountry train timetables for the ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best connections for the 162 miles (261 km) journey to Manchester from London as well as ticket information for the train (such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard), and then book a cheap train ticket – all in one convenient place. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains between London and Manchester, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when travelling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Buy your official CrossCountry London to Manchester train tickets online on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy the travel experience!

    CrossCountry has updated its ticket policies due to the coronavirus. Keep these in mind when booking your CrossCountry tickets from London to Manchester and when travelling by train:

    • 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

    About Manchester Piccadilly

    Manchester, in the north-west of England, is known as the "Northern Powerhouse" due to the number of businesses, young professionals and industry that has settled there from London, or existed since the industrial revolution.

    In the city centre is Manchester Piccadilly, a modern station which is the main hub to national train services; from Edinburgh in the north, or high-speed train services down to London.

    Trains from London to Manchester

    Manchester is a popular destination for business and leisure travellers alike. Whether heading up to see one of the two football clubs play, to wander round the vibrant Northern Quarter or for a business meeting at Salford Quays, train travel is a great option. Frequent, direct trains depart from London Euston heading to Manchester Piccadilly at 20-minute intervals spread throughout the day. With journey times of a little over two hours, passengers can make the most of comfortable Virgin Trains to arrive at their destination.

    Which train companies travel from London to Manchester?

    Only one company used to serve the route from London to Manchester: Virgin trains. Virgin Trains was the sole provider of high-speed rail connections on this route. The rail company will stop operating this high-speed rail route as of 8th December 2019, whereafter First Group and Trenitalia will serve the route.

    How long is the train from London to Manchester?

    Virgin high-speed trains can complete the journey from London to Manchester in as little as two hours five minutes. The slowest service is the late-evening departure which takes nearly three hours 30 minutes travelling at a slower pace throughout the journey. All services are direct, except the very first and last services of the day which involve one change at Crewe.

    How many trains are there from London to Manchester?

    The first direct service departs London Euston shortly after 6:00 a.m. with departures continuing at 20 minute intervals until around 11:00 p.m. There's one earlier train departs at 5:15 a.m. that requires one change at Crewe. With numerous departures per hour, passengers are sure to find a journey to suit their schedule.

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

    Departure train station: Trains depart from London Euston station. In the heart of London, Euston is served by numerous local bus routes and has a designated taxi rank as well as links to several London Underground services. It is within walking distance of London Kings Cross and St Pancras, where passengers can access the Eurostar. Within the station, passengers can expect restaurants, cafes and small supermarkets.

    Arrival train station: Trains terminate at Manchester Piccadilly, the busiest of the five stations within the city. There is extensive public transport services across Manchester, including trams and buses. Passengers can buy a Plus Bus extension to their rail ticket for unlimited bus and tram travel around the city. Station facilities include free WiFi, photo booths and water fountains.

    Best Time to visit Manchester

    When travellers head to Manchester largely depends on what they want to see and do. For example, anyone who wants to watch Manchester City or United playing the EPL will want to book their tickets between late August and early May. May is also time for the popular Manchester Jazz Festival, while mid-July sees the Manchester International Festival dominate the city's cultural life, with global music acts and theatre performances. Otherwise, summer is definitely the best time for pure sightseeing. Spring and fall tend to see plenty of rain in Greater Manchester (although attractions will be much less busy). However, between June and the end of August, the weather is usually bright, warm, and perfect for getting to know the city. This period is also the peak period for music festivals and community street events, such as June's Parklife Festival in Heaton Park or August's Manchester Pride. Winter breaks could work well too, with plenty of Christmas Markets, foodie events, and sales at malls like the Trafford Centre for visitors to enjoy. Just remember to dress warm and, carry a weather-resistant jacket.

    Travel Tips

    Trains from London 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 London to Manchester.
    FAQs
    What is the price of the cheapest train to Manchester from London?
    Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train from London to Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £26  one way.
    What is the cost of a train ticket from London to Manchester on average?
    If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the London to Manchester train price to come in at an average of £39  one way.
    How many miles is it from London to Manchester by train?
    The train distance from London to Manchester is around 162 miles (261 km).
    When travelling by train from London to Manchester, which train station in London do I depart from and which train station in Manchester do I arrive in?

    When taking the train to Manchester from London, you can choose to depart from train stations like London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. Your trip can end in train stations such as Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

    Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from London Victoria   and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

    Where do I find the London train station to Manchester? Where is the Manchester train station?

    Passengers board the train most frequently from London Victoria, which is located around 1.2 miles (2 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 providers can get me from London to Manchester?
    If you're looking for trains from London to Manchester, you can rely on Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country to get you to Manchester. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the London to Manchester route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    Are there any London to Manchester direct trains?
    Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day to Manchester from London. If you’re looking for a direct train from London to Manchester, consider travelling with Avanti West Coast. 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.
    How many trains are there to Manchester from London a day?
    The average number of trains departing London for Manchester is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
    How early should I buy train tickets between London and Manchester to score the best deals?
    The price of a one way train ticket from London to Manchester is on average £39 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 route. In general, you can find train tickets from London to Manchester available a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    London
    Manchester
    London Victoria is the most popular London 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 London for your journey to Manchester.
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 06: 00 - 00: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 23: 00 | Sun: 07: 00 - 00: 00
    Public transport options for London Euston
    Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Northern (Bank and Charing Cross branches), Victoria
    Overground lines: Watford DC
    Bus lines: 18, 30, 59, 68, 73, 91, 168, 205, 253, 390, N5, N20, N73, N91, N205, N253
    Rail lines: London North Western Railway, London Overground, Avanti West Coast, Caledonian Sleeper
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 05: 00 - 01: 36 | Sat: 05: 00 - 00: 36 | Sun: 05: 30 - 01: 36
    Public transport options for London Kings Cross
    Underground lines: Circle, Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Northern, Metropolitan, Victoria
    Bus lines: 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 59, 63, 73, 91, 205, 214, 259, 390, 476
    Train lines: Thameslink, Grand Central, Hull, London North Eastern, Gatwick Express
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    24/7
    Public transport options for London Paddington
    Underground lines: Bakerloo Line, Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith Line
    Bus lines: N7, 23, 27, N27, 36, 205, N205, 332, 7, 46, A1, 18, N18
    Train lines: Great Western Main Line, Heathrow Express
    Amenities at station
    WifiWifi
    LockersLockers
    ParkingParking
    ATMATM
    TaxisTaxis
    AccessibilityAccessibility
    phone
    Phone Number
    +44 2078437688
    ticketOfficeHours
    Ticket Office Hours
    Mon - Fri: 05: 45 - 22: 00 | Sat: 06: 00 - 21: 00 | Sun: 08: 00 - 22: 15
    Public transport options for London St Pancras International
    Subway lines: Circle Line, Hammersmith & City Line, Metropolitan Line, Northern Line, Piccadilly Line, Victoria Line
    Train lines: Overground line, High Speed 1, Eurostar
    Bus lines: 326, 139