The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.
The average ticket from Manchester to Chester will cost around £ 15 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 9.
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Trains per day
Of the 5 train that leave Manchester for Chester every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.
These direct train cover the 54 km distance in an average of 1h 11m but if you time it right, some train will get you there in just 1h 2m .
The slowest train will take 1h 29m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.
|Avg. Train Duration:|
1 hours 15 minutes
|Train Ticket Price:||£12|
|Trains depart from:||Manchester|
|Trains arrive in:||Chester|
|Train Companies:||Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Northern Rail, Arriva Trains Wales|
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.