Cheap train tickets from London to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Cheapest

£63

Average

£75

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 £ 75 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 63.

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08:10London Euston2h43 10:53Manchester Piccadilly
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£631One-way
11:00London Marylebone4h23 15:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
11:19London Euston2h31 13:50Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
13:17London Euston2h15 15:32Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
14:37London Euston2h11 16:48Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way

Train schedule London to Manchester

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08:10London Euston2h43 10:53Manchester Piccadilly
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08:20London Euston2h40 11:00Manchester Piccadilly
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09:21London Euston2h43 12:04Manchester Piccadilly
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10:19London Euston2h46 13:05Manchester Piccadilly
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10:53London Euston2h57 13:50Manchester Piccadilly
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11:00London Marylebone4h23 15:23Manchester Piccadilly
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11:19London Euston2h31 13:50Manchester Piccadilly
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12:19London Euston2h11 14:30Manchester Piccadilly
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12:37London Euston2h11 14:48Manchester Piccadilly
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12:57London Euston2h09 15:06Manchester Piccadilly
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13:17London Euston2h15 15:32Manchester Piccadilly
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14:17London Euston2h15 16:32Manchester Piccadilly
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14:37London Euston2h11 16:48Manchester Piccadilly
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14:57London Euston2h09 17:06Manchester Piccadilly
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15:17London Euston2h15 17:32Manchester Piccadilly
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15:37London Euston2h11 17:48Manchester Piccadilly
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15:57London Euston2h08 18:05Manchester Piccadilly
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29 May
£63Avanti West Coast
£9Megabus
£109British Airways
Mon
30 May
£51West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£211British Airways
Tue
31 May
£30West Midlands Railway
£8Flixbus
£205British Airways
Wed
1 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£6Megabus
£117British Airways
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2 Jun
£51West Midlands Railway
£8Megabus
£106British Airways
Fri
3 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£8Flixbus
£81British Airways
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4 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£7Flixbus
£106British Airways
Sun
5 Jun
£38West Midlands Railway
£9Megabus
£85British Airways
Mon
6 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£63British Airways
Tue
7 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£54British Airways
Wed
8 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£47British Airways
Thu
9 Jun
£38West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£63British Airways
Fri
10 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£71British Airways
Sat
11 Jun
£46Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£80British Airways
Sun
12 Jun
£50East Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£76British Airways
Mon
13 Jun
£38West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£68British Airways
Tue
14 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£57British Airways
Wed
15 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£49British Airways
Thu
16 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£60British Airways
Fri
17 Jun
£30West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£47British Airways

Fastest train times from London to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 8 m

Average

2 h 30 m

Trains per day

17

Distance

262 km

Of the 17 trains that leave London for Manchester every day 15 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 262 km distance in an average of 2 h 30 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 8 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 23 m 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.

Fastest
15:57London Euston2h08 18:05Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
14:57London Euston2h09 17:06Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
12:57London Euston2h09 15:06Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
14:37London Euston2h11 16:48Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way
15:37London Euston2h11 17:48Manchester Piccadilly
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£761One-way

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Overview: Train from London to Manchester

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 40 min
priceAverage train ticket price£47 (€53)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesChiltern Railways, East Midlands Railway, Thameslink, Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Grand Central Trains, Doggiosled, London North Eastern Railway or West Midlands Railway

Trains from London to Manchester cover the 162 miles (261 km) long journey taking on average 2 h 40 min with our travel partners like Chiltern Railways, East Midlands Railway, Thameslink, Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Grand Central Trains, Doggiosled, London North Eastern Railway or West Midlands Railway. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £47, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £30. Travellers depart most frequently from London Victoria and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train providers: CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways trains London to Manchester

For as little as £30 you can travel by train from London to Manchester with CrossCountry and Chiltern Railways. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this journey.

CrossCountry
Chiltern Railways

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

One of the best ways to travel from London to Manchester is by taking a train with CrossCountry. Omio helps you find the ideal CrossCountry train between London and Manchester by showing you CrossCountry current train timetables, the train tickets on offer (including amenities offered onboard and travel information like luggage policy) and the best prices for this London to Manchester route. You can expect to travel 162 miles (261 km) between London and Manchester on a train with CrossCountry. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains to Manchester from London, 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. Once you’ve found that perfect train, book your CrossCountry train ticket on Omio quickly and easily, then enjoy your upcoming trip between London and Manchester!

    These are CrossCountry 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train between London and 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 London to Manchester

    Trains from London to Manchester run very frequently throughout the day, seven days a week. The journey takes between about 2h and about 3h 30min, with most trains averaging around 2h 10min. The exceptions are the last trains of the night, which take about 6h 15min to get to Manchester. During peak times, trains run at about 15min intervals, stretching to roughly 20min off-peak.

    London to Manchester Train Time: Daily Departures

    You won't want for options when looking for a London to Manchester train – there are about 45 travelling this route every day, giving you over 300 trains a week to choose from. The first trains typically leave at around 06:00 and the last after 22:00. Almost all are direct routes that don't require any stops or train changes on the way, bar a handful each day.

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

    A train from London to Manchester usually takes just over 2h, depending on the train company, the time of day, and whether there are any stops on the way. These direct trains all take just about 2h 06min to around 2h 20min, making this a very dependable route, particularly for regular commuters. The few trains that stop en route take between 3h and 3h 30min, changing trains once.

    Trains from London to Manchester: Tower Bridge in London. Source: Shutterstock

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

    Departure train station: Any given train to Manchester from London usually leaves from London Euston Station. You can get there from Central London in roughly 11min on the Northern Underground line or in about 13min with London Bus No 168. A few trains each day leave from London St. Pancras Station. Take the Piccadilly Underground line to get there in about 7min. Both stations have many modern facilities, including step-free and wheelchair accessibility, cafés, coffee shops, fast-food outlets and retail shops.

    Arrival train station: Regardless of your departure station, your London to Manchester train will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station. It is really close to the city centre, so it will only take about 3min to get there on a Go North West bus. The station is owned by the same company as the London ones, so you'll have the same accessibility amenities, including induction loops and tactile strips. There are Help Points throughout the concourse, with baby changing rooms also available. Shopping is plentiful, as are places to eat and drink.

    Which train companies travel from London to Manchester?

    There are two main train companies operating trains from London to Manchester. The first is Avanti West Coast, which travels a direct route between the two cities for a travel time in the 2h to 2h 20min band. Trains run throughout the day, from early morning until mid-evening, with the last one leaving close to 22:00. The other main train provider on this route is West Midlands Railway, making one stop on the way in Crewe, where you'll leisurely switch trains in about 40min before continuing to Manchester. Your travel time will be between about 3h and 3h 30min.

    Night trains to London

    There is a single night train from London to Manchester, leaving at around 22:30 from London St. Pancras Station. You'll travel on East Midlands Railway, with the journey taking about 6h 20min, arriving in Manchester Piccadilly Station at roughly 05:00 after a stop in Sheffield. This is also the longest train trip to Manchester on offer.

    Avanti West Coast trains from London to Manchester

    Avanti West Coast provides the quickest train to Manchester from London, without having to make any stops on the way there. Trains can certainly be classed as high-speed, travelling at speeds between 125 mph (200 km/h) and 140mph (225 km/h). They will get you from London to Manchester in around 2h 10min on average and run throughout the day.

    West Midlands Railway trains from London to Manchester

    West Midlands Railway offers a one-stop London to Manchester train route, taking between 3h and 3h 30min for the trip. Trains leave from London Euston Station and travel via the town of Crew to arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station. Your stopover in Crewe will take about 40min. Trains run at standard speed, using a combination of diesel and electric models, and operate from early morning till mid-evening.

    East Midlands Railway trains from London to Manchester

    East Midlands Railway operates a train from London to Manchester a few times a day. They also take between roughly 3h to 3h 30min, except for the night train, which takes about 6h 20min. The day trains depart from London St. Pancras Station, travelling via Sheffield and running from early morning till early evening, the night train once again an exception. These aren't high-speed trains, and you'll find yourself travelling at a more sedate pace.

    Trains from London to Manchester: Sustainability travel

    Taking a train is a more sustainable way of travelling in general, and certainly vastly more so than if all the passengers made the trip by car. Additionally, UK train companies all have pervasive sustainability programmes in place, focused on both short- and long-term environmental impact. Some of these include using specific percentages of recycled materials in building their carriages and switching to more electric trains from diesel locomotives. You'll certainly take a step toward reducing your carbon footprint by taking a train to Manchester from London.

    Train London to Manchester: Services on Board

    Avanti West Coast offers several types of tickets, including Standard and First Class. Trained Passenger Assist personnel can help with boarding and disembarking for passengers with limited mobility, and support animals are welcome. You can take up to two small domestic pets with you, and they travel free of charge. You can also reserve space for a bicycle in a dedicated cycle carriage. West Midlands Railway has spaces for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, with personal assistance on hand. You can also bring two domestic pets, either on leads or in travel containers. The trains have room for two bicycle spaces, which you can book in advance. Otherwise, you can put a folded bike in a container as a luggage item. First-class travel is available on some of the trains, so just check beforehand. East Midlands Railway offers First and Second-class tickets. You can only bring a foldable bicycle, which goes on board with you. All carriages have full accessibility amenities and wheelchair space. You can bring a dog, cat or bird in a container free of charge on their trains from London to Manchester.

    How to find cheap train tickets from London to Manchester?

    There are a few ways to get cheaper tickets for a train from London to Manchester. One is to book well in advance; tickets can often be cheaper as the train companies strive to fill their seats as quickly as possible. The other approach is to remain very flexible about the day and date on which you travel. This will put you in a position to benefit from any last-minute deals that arise due to other passengers cancelling their tickets. You can also choose longer train trips and those that make stops or change trains on the way, as these are typically cheaper, too. Another tip is to set price alerts on Omio so that you'll be notified when cheap tickets become available.

    Trains from London to Manchester: Irwell river and cityscape of Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

    To Manchester by train—travel tips

    One of the most popular tourist attractions in Manchester is Castlefield. It's an Urban Heritage Park surrounded by restored Victorian Houses, with a reconstructed Roman fort as its centrepiece. It follows the contours of the Bridgewater Canal. If you're after museums, you'll find plenty of those once you start exploring the city after arriving on a train to Manchester from London. The pick of the bunch is the Science and Industry Museum, which houses a very interesting Air and Space Gallery. You can also pay a visit to the Manchester Art Gallery. On the sporting side, you can visit the National Football Museum, fittingly located at Old Trafford. For architectural sites, head to the Victorian-era St. Mary's Catholic Church or Manchester Town Hall. If you're with kids, Heaton Park has an animal farm, an adventure playground and boating activities. For more ideas, check out our Omio online travel magazine, The Window Seat.

    • Manchester Food and Drink Festival, in September and October;
    • Manchester Christmas Markets, in November and December;
    • Parklife Music Festival, in June;
    • Manchester Pride, in August;
    • Manchester Literature Festival, in October and November.

    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 from London to Manchester?

    You can find a cheap train from London to Manchester for some dates and times for as low as £30  one way in the next 7 days.

    What is the average cost of a train from London to Manchester?

    In the next 7 days you’ll find that the average cost of a train ticket to Manchester from London is £47  one way.

    What is the distance between London and Manchester by train?

    The distance between London and Manchester by train is approximately 162 miles (261 km).

    What is the average London to Manchester train duration?

    On average the London to Manchester train time is 2 h 40 min  covering the 162 miles (261 km) long route, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and bank holidays.

    What is the departure train station in London and arrival train station in Manchester?

    Some of the London train stations to Manchester you can start your journey from include London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in Manchester include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

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

    Where is the departure train station in London located? Where is the arrival train station in Manchester located?

    The most popular departure train station with passengers for this trip, called London Victoria, is located 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the city centre of London.

    The most popular arrival train station, Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city centre of Manchester.

    What train providers go from London to Manchester?

    When taking a train from London to Manchester, you can count on Chiltern Railways, East Midlands Railway, Thameslink, Avanti West Coast, Cross Country, Grand Central Trains, Doggiosled, London North Eastern Railway or West Midlands Railway for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service from London to Manchester and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.

    Is there a direct train from London to Manchester?

    Yes, there are 16 direct trains per day from London to Manchester with Avanti West Coast, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you buy your train ticket.

    How many trains per day are there to Manchester from London?

    On average, there are 16 trains a day from London to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

    When does the first train depart from London to Manchester? When does the last train depart from London to Manchester?

    The earliest train departing from London to Manchester leaves at 05: 28. The last train departing from London to Manchester leaves at 22: 32. You can find the latest London to Manchester train timetable on Omio and book the best time to leave for your journey on your chosen travel date.

    How early should I purchase London to Manchester train tickets to get the best deals?

    In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this journey and save money. If you book train tickets between London and Manchester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £47 one way. To find the best prices for this route, consider booking your train ticket from London to Manchester 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.
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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