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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Brighton

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Cheapest

The best way to find a cheap train ticket from Manchester to Brighton is to book your journey as far in advance as possible and to avoid travelling at rush hour.

Avanti West Coast
08:554h03
Manchester
12:58Brighton
£701One-way
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Avanti West Coast
09:114h46
Manchester
13:57Brighton
£1021One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
15:353h59
Manchester
19:34Brighton
£1021One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
13:354h00
Manchester
17:35Brighton
£1031One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:353h52
Manchester
12:27Brighton
£2511One-way
0 changes

Train timetableManchester to Brighton

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 29 May
Avanti West Coast
08:554h03
Manchester
12:58Brighton
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
06:245h03
Manchester
11:27Brighton
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Avanti West Coast
13:354h00
Manchester
17:35Brighton
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
15:353h59
Manchester
19:34Brighton
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:114h46
Manchester
13:57Brighton
0 changes

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Train times from Manchester to Brighton

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 52 m

Average

4 h 15 m

Trains per day

7

Distance

328 km

Of the 7 trains that leave Manchester for Brighton every day 7 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Avanti West Coast
08:353h52
Manchester
12:27Brighton
£2511One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
15:353h59
Manchester
19:34Brighton
£1021One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
13:354h00
Manchester
17:35Brighton
£1031One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:554h03
Manchester
12:58Brighton
£701One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:154h03
Manchester
12:18Brighton
£2511One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Brighton

distanceDistance203 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 52 min
priceAverage train ticket price£140 (€157)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersVirgin Trains, Thameslink or East Midlands Trains

Trains from Manchester to Brighton cover the 203 miles long journey taking on average 3 h 52 min with our travel partners like Virgin Trains, Thameslink or East Midlands Trains. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £140, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £35. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Brighton.

Train providers: Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains and Thameslink trains Manchester to Brighton

You can travel by train from Manchester to Brighton with Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains and Thameslink for as low as £59. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

Avanti West Coast is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates high-speed trains between London and major cities in the UK, including Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The company offers a range of ticket types, including Standard, First Class and Advance tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drinks. The most popular routes for Avanti West Coast are London to Birmingham, London to Manchester and London to Glasgow. The company operates a fleet of Pendolino and Super Voyager trains, which offer a smooth and comfortable journey.

Virgin Trains from Manchester to Brighton train information:

  • Average Duration: 4 h
  • Cheapest Price: £59
  • Virgin Trains frequency: 16 a day

Trains from Manchester to Brighton

When looking for trains from Manchester to Brighton, you will have to consider at least two changes on your route. The first leg of your journey will be to London Euston Station and will take about 2h 30min direct. From there, you'll need to go on the London Underground and make your way to either Victoria Station (about 10min on the Victoria Line) or London Blackfriars (about 25min on the Northern and District Lines, with a change at Embankment). From both stations, it's about a 1-h journey to Brighton Station. The entire trip takes around 4h 30min, although this may depend on transfer and waiting times between trains. These trains are usually available several times a day on weekdays, with more limited services on weekends.

Manchester to Brighton Train Time: Daily Departures

Trains from Manchester to Brighton (via London Euston and Victoria/Blackfriars) are quite frequent and plentiful, with varying frequencies throughout the day. For the first few services of the day, trains depart every hour, then every 45min after 10:00 and roughly every 20-35min until the last service.

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

First trains from Manchester to London Euston usually depart from Piccadilly station at 08:00, with services leaving every 45min and arriving in London in 2h 30min. Your connecting train will leave between 45-60min later from either London Victoria Station or London Blackfriars station and take another hour to Brighton Railway Station. Last trains depart from Manchester Piccadilly at around 17:30 daily, although this can change at weekends and on bank holidays.

Man on a train from Manchester. Source: Shutterstock

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

Departure train stations: Trains depart first from Manchester Piccadilly station, located 1 mile (1.6 km) from the city centre, a short 7-min train ride or 15min by bus from Manchester Deansgate station in the city centre. In London, you'll depart either from Victoria station or London Blackfriars. All stations have accessible toilets and designated seating areas, passenger assistance services which can be booked in advance, as well as plenty of shops and food & drink options.

Arrival train station: You'll arrive at Brighton Railway station, less than 1 mile from the city centre and Brighton beach, a short 15-min walk or 5min by bus plus a 6-min walk. Brighton railway station has accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, as well as a number of food outlets, coffee shops and stores. It has step-free level access to all the platforms, and wheelchairs are available for passengers with disabilities or reduced mobility upon request. There's also a heated passenger lounge where you can comfortably sit and wait for your train.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Brighton?

In the first part of the journey to London Euston, direct trains are operated by Avanti West Coast, taking you to London in about 2h 30min. From London Victoria, your direct train to Brighton will be operated by Gatwick Express. From London Blackfriars, you'll also take a direct journey which is operated by Thameslink.

Night trains Manchester

There are no night trains from Manchester to Brighton. The earliest trains depart in the morning from 08:00, and services finish in the evening, around 17:00-18:00.

Avanti West Coast trains from Manchester to London Euston

Avanti West Coast is the main provider for trains from Manchester to London Euston, with plenty of direct trains leaving every 20-45min, depending on the date and time of your trip.

Gatwick Express from London Victoria to Brighton

Trains run by Gatwick Express from Victoria to Brighton run approximately every 15min, so if by any chance you miss your connecting train, you can always hop on the next one.

Thameslink trains from London Blackfriars to Brighton

Operated by Thameslink, direct trains from Blackfriars to Brighton usually depart every 10-15min and take on average 1h 10min to their destination.

Trains from Manchester to Brighton: A sustainable option

Choosing to travel by train is a smart way to save on time, effort and to cut down on harmful carbon emissions. Trains are the most environmentally-friendly way to get around, and you'll actually be able to enjoy the journey either resting or keeping yourself entertained: read a book or watch a movie on your tablet or phone. As it turns out, sustainability is pretty relaxed too! Grab yourself a great deal for trains from Manchester to Brighton on Omio or get inspired by our online magazine, The Window Seat.

Train Manchester to Brighton: Services on Board

Whether you're travelling with Avanti West Coast, Gatwick Express or Thameslink, you can opt for seats in Standard or First Class, the latter of which offers you Wi-Fi and catering services on most trains. If you're travelling with lots of luggage, bear in mind that while there are luggage racks available on all trains, they can get filled up quickly due to demand. Alternatively, there are overhead racks for smaller items. Animals are also permitted on board these services, with a limit of two pets per passenger. While you don't need to reserve a place for your pet in advance, you do need to book a space for your bike, as there is limited storage availability. Should you or someone in your group require assistance during your journey, you can also reserve this service in advance with all companies; they have staff equipped to help elderly and disabled passengers, as well as those with reduced mobility.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Brighton?

To find good deals on your upcoming journey to Brighton, it's best to avoid peak-travel times (from 06:00-09:00 and 16:00-19:00) and book your journey in advance. Midweek journeys are also more affordable than travelling at weekends and around school and bank holidays. Being flexible with your travel dates is another way to secure a bargain price on your trip. Additionally, choosing a return ticket is more cost-efficient than booking single journeys separately.

Brighton Pier. Source: Shutterstock

To Brighton by train—travel tips

A beautiful city on the English seaside, Brighton attracts thousands of visitors each year, all looking to discover its pebble beaches (the most famous being Brighton Beach) and explore the Brighton Pier amusement park. If you're looking for green spaces around Brighton, pay a visit to the Devil's Dyke National Trust, a park full of natural beauty to be enjoyed in the warmer months. Located only 6 miles (10km) from Brighton Beach, you can easily get to the park in 30min with bus no 77 departing from Palace Pier, or 20min by car or taxi. End your day with a stroll on the Undercliff Walk and explore Brighton Marina. Despite being a popular city to visit during summer, there is also lots to do in Brighton, even in the colder months. Here are five things to see and do in Brighton any time of the year.

  • Discover the Royal Pavilion, an extraordinary palace with a rich history at the heart of Brighton;
  • Be enchanted by the different species of marine life at SEA LIFE Brighton;
  • Watch a theatre production at the Brighton Dome;
  • Find out more about local culture at the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton Toy and Model Museum and Booth Museum of Natural History;
  • Get lost in the Bohemian neighbourhood known as The Lanes, full of unique shops, restaurants and bars.

FAQs: Manchester to Brighton train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester to Brighton 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 Manchester to Brighton.
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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Brighton can start from as little as £35 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Brighton is £140; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The average journey time by train from Manchester to Brighton is 3 h 52 min   to travel the 203 mile long journey, with around there are 16 trains per day. Journey times can vary on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Brighton leaves at 05: 05. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Brighton leaves at 16: 55.
There are 16 trains a day from Manchester to Brighton which require at least one change with Virgin Trains, Thameslink or East Midlands Trains. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Brighton. Take the fast train with East Midlands Trains from Manchester to Brighton.
For the best Manchester to Brighton train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Virgin Trains, Thameslink or East Midlands Trains. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services to Brighton from Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.

When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Brighton, you can end your route in train stations like Brighton and London Road (Brighton).

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (767 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Brighton, located 0.4 miles (585 m) away from the city centre.

A trip to Brighton from Manchester is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 52 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Manchester to Brighton is November.
You have options as you can travel to Brighton from Manchester 3 different ways: coach, train or flight.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Brighton

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Brighton
Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester 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 Manchester for your journey to Brighton.
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Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Public transport options for Manchester Piccadilly
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales
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Public transport options for Manchester Airport
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Rail Replacement bus services depart from stands L & M of the adjacent Bus Station which is situated close to the ticket office.
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Public transport options for Manchester Victoria
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick up point is on Station Approach (M3 1WY) directly outside the station main entrance, outside the M & S shop.
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Public transport options for Manchester Oxford Road
Location for Rail Replacement Services: Pick Up / Drop Off at the bus stops on Whitworth St West (200 yards from station) (station side for Liverpool, opposite side for Piccadilly)
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