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Overview: Train from Manchester to Chester

distanceDistance33 miles (54 km)
durationAverage train duration59 min
priceAverage train ticket price£8 (€9)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesNorthern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Chester cover the 33 miles (54 km) long journey taking on average 59 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £7, but the average price of train tickets is £8. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Chester.

Trains from Manchester to Chester: Journey Details

Direct trains from Manchester to Chester are provided by Arriva Trains Wales and Northern Rail, and depart at least once per hour throughout the week. It is also possible to take a CrossCountry train to Crewe, and then change onto a Virgin Trains service to Chester, adding only 10 minutes onto the journey time. Direct trains take 1 hour to travel between the two cities. The earliest departure is just after 5 a.m., and the final departure of the day is after midnight. At weekends, the earliest train is slightly later, and there are fewer services available.

Taking the Train from Manchester

All trains from Manchester to Chester depart from Manchester Piccadilly Station, which is located to the east of the city centre. Getting to Piccadilly from the centre is easy, as the station is well connected to other parts of Manchester via the city's extensive tram network, as well as free local buses in the central district. To get to Piccadilly from the University, travellers should catch the 147 bus, while those journeying from local towns like Rochdale or Oldham can use local trains to connect with services to Chester. Manchester has a night bus network, but to be sure of making your train, a taxi is recommended for late night services.

Getting into Chester by Train

Chester was once one of the major cities in Roman Britain, and remains an important north-western hub. With its racecourse, a clutch of museums and galleries, restaurants and beautiful architecture; it's a charming place for a day-trip from Manchester. All trains from Manchester to Chester arrive at the town's station, which can be found to the north-east of the historic centre. From there, catch the 40 bus to reach the city centre, which takes around 10 minutes. There is also a special Zoo Bus link from the station.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Chester
Travel by train to Chester 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 Chester.
How much do cheap trains to Chester from Manchester cost?
If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train from Manchester to Chester for as little as £7  in the next 7 days.
How much does the train from Manchester to Chester cost on average?
If you’re looking to purchase tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Manchester to Chester train prices are on average £8  one way.
How far is it from Manchester to Chester by train?
The distance from Manchester to Chester by train is approximately 33 miles (54 km).
How many hours does it take from Manchester to Chester by train?
The train time from Manchester to Chester is on average 59 min  for the 33 miles (54 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Chester from Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
Which train station in Manchester goes to Chester? Which train station do I come into Chester from Manchester?

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Manchester Piccadilly   to Chester.

Where is the train station in Manchester? Where is the train station in Chester?

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

Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at Chester and need to travel approximately 0.7 miles (1.1 km) from the train station to the city centre in Chester.

Which train providers can get me from Manchester to Chester?
For the best Manchester to Chester train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales or Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Manchester to Chester to compare what amenities they may offer.
How many trains are there to Chester from Manchester a day?
On average, there are 25 trains a day from Manchester to Chester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Manchester to Chester 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 buy train tickets to Chester from Manchester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £8 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Manchester to Chester a few months in advance.

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 between Manchester and Chester.
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