|Distance||33 miles (54 km)|
|Average train duration||59 min|
|Average train ticket price||£8 (€9)|
|Train frequency||25 a day|
|Direct train||Yes, there are 25 direct trains a day|
|Train companies||Northern 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.
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.
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.
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.
Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Manchester Piccadilly to 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.
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