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Train Information between Manchester and Chelmsford

distanceDistance165 miles (266 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 27 min
priceAverage train ticket price£65 (€74)
frequencyTrain frequency16 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 16 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesAvanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Chelmsford cover the 165 miles (266 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 27 min with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 16 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £51, but the average price of train tickets is £65. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Chelmsford.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Chelmsford
Travel by train to Chelmsford 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 Chelmsford.
What is the price of the cheapest train to Chelmsford from Manchester?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains between Manchester and Chelmsford to cost as little as £51  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Chelmsford?
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Manchester to Chelmsford train to cost on average £65  one way.
What is the distance from Manchester to Chelmsford by train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance between Manchester and Chelmsford via train to be approximately 165 miles (266 km).
How long is the train journey between Manchester and Chelmsford?
While the time it takes to travel 165 miles (266 km) from Manchester to Chelmsford can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Manchester to Chelmsford is on average 3 h 27 min.
Which train station in Manchester goes to Chelmsford? Which train station do I come into Chelmsford from Manchester?

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

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

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Chelmsford most often arrive at Chelmsford and need to travel around 0.1 miles (102 m) from this train station to the city centre.

Which train providers should I travel with from Manchester to Chelmsford?
If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Chelmsford, you can rely on Avanti West Coast to get you to Chelmsford. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Manchester to Chelmsford trip to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services per day are there from Manchester to Chelmsford?
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Chelmsford is 16 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
When should I book Manchester Chelmsford train tickets to score the best deals?
If you buy Manchester to Chelmsford train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £65. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Manchester to Chelmsford. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

The major railway station for departures from Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly. Read all the information you need to know about services, amenities and connections at Manchester Piccadilly for your trip from Manchester to Chelmsford.
Amenities at station
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
Ticket Office Hours
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