|Distance||162 miles (261 km)|
|Average train duration||2 h 6 min|
|Average train ticket price||£55 (€61)|
|Train frequency||16 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 16 direct trains a day|
|Train providers||Avanti 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 taking on average 2 h 6 min 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. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £55, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £44. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
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Enjoy a smooth and easy route from London to Manchester with CrossCountry! As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio can help you search current train timetables from CrossCountry, compare the best routes from London to Manchester as well as the class fares available for this route (including information on luggage policy and amenities provided onboard), and buy the most affordable CrossCountry London to Manchester train ticket available today. If you search for CrossCountry tickets in the Omio app, you can also see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless rather than needing to wait in a queue at the train station in person to purchase tickets. Once you find your ideal route, book your one-way train between London and Manchester on Omio or in the Omio app in just a few simple steps. You can then sit back and enjoy the 162 miles (261 km) trip between London and Manchester with ease and comfort on a train with CrossCountry.
Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets from London to Manchester due to the coronavirus:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a few train stations in London to start your journey from including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. In Manchester you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.
Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from London Victoria and need to travel around 1 mile (s) / 1 km from the city centre to get to this train station.
Passengers arriving in Manchester most often arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from this train station to the city centre.
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