Manchester to Chester train

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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Chester

Showing times and prices for 23 May

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Northern Rail
08:060h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
09:01Chester station (CTR)
£111One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Northern Rail
09:060h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
10:01Chester station (CTR)
£111One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:101h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:39Chester station (CTR)
£121One-way
0 changes
Transport for Wales
08:301h14
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:44Chester station (CTR)
£271One-way
1 change
Transport for Wales
08:481h02
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:50Chester station (CTR)
£271One-way
0 changes

Train timetableManchester to Chester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Thursday, 23 May
Northern Rail
08:060h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
09:01Chester station (CTR)
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:101h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:39Chester station (CTR)
0 changes
Transport for Wales
08:301h14
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:44Chester station (CTR)
1 change
Transport for Wales
08:481h02
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:50Chester station (CTR)
0 changes
Northern Rail
09:060h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
10:01Chester station (CTR)
0 changes

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Train times from Manchester to Chester

Showing times and prices for 23 May

Fastest Journey

55 m

Average

1 h 7 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

54 km

Of the 5 trains 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.

Fastest
Northern Rail
08:060h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
09:01Chester station (CTR)
£111One-way
0 changes
Fastest
Northern Rail
09:060h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
10:01Chester station (CTR)
£111One-way
0 changes
Transport for Wales
08:481h02
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:50Chester station (CTR)
£271One-way
0 changes
Transport for Wales
08:301h14
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:44Chester station (CTR)
£271One-way
1 change
Northern Rail
08:101h29
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
09:39Chester station (CTR)
£121One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Chester

distanceDistance33 miles
durationAverage train duration52 min
priceAverage train ticket price£10 (€11)
frequencyTrain frequency27 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 21 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesNorthern Rail (3), Transport for Wales, Virgin Trains or CrossCountry

Trains from Manchester to Chester cover the 33 miles long journey taking on average 52 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail (3), Transport for Wales, Virgin Trains or CrossCountry. Normally, there are 27 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £10, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £6. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Chester.

Train providers: Northern Rail (3), Transport for Wales and CrossCountry trains Manchester to Chester

Travel from Manchester to Chester from £7 with Omio’s train partners Northern Rail (3), Transport for Wales and CrossCountry! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular journey for you.

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.

Train information from Manchester to Chester with Virgin Trains:

  • Average Duration: 1 h 9 min
  • Cheapest Price: £125
  • Virgin Trains frequency: 6 a day

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.

FAQs: Manchester to Chester train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester 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.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Chester can start from as little as £6 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Chester is £10; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
On average the Manchester to Chester train time is 52 min   covering the 33 mile long trip, but the journey time can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Chester leaves at 05: 16. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Chester leaves at 23: 28.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Chester without having to change trains with Northern Rail (3) or Transport for Wales. There are 21 direct trains from Manchester to Chester each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the journey from Manchester to Chester you can take a train with Northern Rail (3), Transport for Wales, Virgin Trains or CrossCountry. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services from Manchester to Chester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 23: 28.

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 Chester, located 1.3 miles (2.1 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to Chester from Manchester is worth doing with a journey time of 52 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Manchester to Chester by train is January.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel from Manchester to Chester including taking a train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Chester

Manchester
Chester
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 to Chester from Manchester.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
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
Manchester AirportWifiShoppingParkingATMAccessibility
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
AccessibilityAccessibility
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.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
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.
Amenities at station
ParkingParking
AccessibilityAccessibility
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)
Manchester Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford Road or DeansgateAccessibility
Amenities at station
AccessibilityAccessibility
Manchester, Abraham Moss

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