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Train Information between London and Manchester

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 6 min
priceAverage train ticket price£55 (€61)
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 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.

Train companies

CrossCountry trains from London to Manchester

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets from London to Manchester from £44 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular trip.

CrossCountry

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

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:

    • 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 cost of cheap trains from London to Manchester?
    You can find a cheap train from London to Manchester for some dates and times for as low as £44  one way in the next 7 days.
    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 £55  one way.
    What is the distance from London to Manchester via train?
    You should expect to travel around 162 miles (261 km)  between London and Manchester by train.
    How long does it take from London to Manchester by train?
    The London to Manchester train duration is on average 2 h 6 min, which is to be expected when travelling 162 miles (261 km) between London and Manchester. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.
    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?

    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.

    Where is the London train station located? Where is the Manchester train station located?

    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.

    Which train companies can take me from London to Manchester?
    For the trip from London to Manchester you can take a train with Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services between London and Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
    How many trains per day are there between London and Manchester?
    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 is the earliest train from London to Manchester? When is the last train from London to Manchester?
    The earliest train departing from London to Manchester leaves at 07: 10. The last train departing from London to Manchester leaves at 23: 35. 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.
    When should I buy London Manchester train tickets to score the best deals?
    The price of a one way train ticket from London to Manchester is on average £55 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 companies offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets to Manchester from London available a few months in advance.
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    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    London
    Manchester
    London Bridge
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    London Charing Cross
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    London Euston
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    London Fenchurch Street
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    London Kings Cross
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Victoria, Circle<br>Bus lines 91, 10, 17, 30, 45, 46, 63, 73, 205, 214
    London Liverpool Street
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    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Central, Circle, Hammersmith, City
    London Paddington
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Bakerloo, Circle, District<br>Bus lines 7, 15, 18, 23, 27, 36, 46, 105, 436
    London St Pancras
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    London Victoria
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines Circle, District, Victoria<br>Bus lines 22, 211, 239, C1, N11
    How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
    This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
    London Waterloo East
    Amenities
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
    This station is not located in the city centre but it can be reached by public transport.<br>Metro lines Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, Waterloo, City<br>Bus lines 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 100, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176