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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Glasgow

Showing times and prices for 15 Apr

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Transpennine Express
08:244h15
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£521One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:443h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£601One-way
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:383h23
Deansgate (DGT)
12:01Glasgow Central (GLC)
£761One-way
1 change

Train timetableManchester to Glasgow

Showing trains for tomorrow, Monday, 15 April
Transpennine Express
08:244h15
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
08:383h23
Deansgate (DGT)
12:01Glasgow Central (GLC)
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:443h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
2 changes

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Train times from Manchester to Glasgow

Showing times and prices for 15 Apr

Fastest Journey

3 h 23 m

Average

3 h 51 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

295 km

To travel from Manchester to Glasgow you need to make at least one change.

Fastest
Avanti West Coast
08:383h23
Deansgate (DGT)
12:01Glasgow Central (GLC)
£761One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:443h55
Manchester Victoria (MCV)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£601One-way
2 changes
Transpennine Express
08:244h15
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£521One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Glasgow

distanceDistance183 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 4 min
priceAverage train ticket price£61 (€67)
frequencyTrain frequency17 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 17 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersTransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3)

Trains from Manchester to Glasgow cover the 183 miles long route taking on average 3 h 4 min with our travel partners like TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3). Normally, there are 17 trains operating per day. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £61, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £25. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Glasgow Central.

Train providers: TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains and ScotRail trains Manchester to Glasgow

Buy your official TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains and ScotRail train tickets between Manchester and Glasgow from £19 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most popular trip.

Scotrail is a train operating company in Scotland, providing rail services throughout the country. It operates a wide range of services, from commuter trains to long-distance intercity services. The company operates a variety of train types, including the Class 380, Class 385, Class 156, Class 158 and Class 170. These trains offer a range of onboard facilities, such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and comfortable seating. Scotrail also offers a range of ticket types, including Advance, Off-Peak, and Anytime tickets. The most popular routes for Scotrail include Glasgow to Edinburgh, Glasgow to Inverness, and Edinburgh to Aberdeen.

    Trains from Manchester to Glasgow

    Trains from Manchester to Glasgow run fairly frequently. Usually, there's one train on this route every couple of hours at weekends and once per hour on weekdays. The journey takes over four hours in some cases, although the fastest journeys can be completed in just under three hours. Often, a change is required.

    Manchester to Glasgow train times: Daily departures

    Usually, there are trains from Manchester to Glasgow every day. On weekdays, it's common to find trains on this route once every few hours. On weekends, trains may run every couple of hours. Passengers leaving Manchester early in the morning can board the first train of the day at around 6:30 a.m., arriving in Glasgow at about 10:40 a.m. In the evening, the last train departs at around 8:30 p.m. and arrives in Glasgow at just after midnight.

    How long is the journey by train from Manchester to Glasgow?

    The precise journey time for trains from Manchester to Glasgow can vary depending on all sorts of factors. Some trains can complete the journey in just under three hours, while most take around 3.5 hours. Some take well over four hours, usually because they require a changeover in places like Warrington or Wigan.

    What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Manchester to Glasgow?

    Departure train station: Most trains on this route depart from Manchester Victoria, just 7 minutes' or so walk from the city centre. It has a range of facilities, such as ticket machines and a taxi rank.

    Arrival train station: When arriving at Glasgow Central, passengers can use its range of amenities, such as baby-changing facilities and WiFi. It's situated in the middle of the city, 5 minutes' walk from the St Enoch subway station.

    Which train companies travel from Manchester to Glasgow?

    The main provider on this route is Avanti West Coast, formerly known as Virgin Trains. Avanti services have a range of journey lengths - not all trains from Manchester to Glasgow run by Avanti can complete the journey in the quick time of three hours. Changes are usually required on all of the services.

    Avanti West Coast Manchester to Glasgow

    Trains from Manchester to Glasgow operated by Avanti West Coast are frequent, going either every hour or two. Normally, trains on this route aren't direct, and a changeover in Wigan or Warrington may be required. Journey durations range from three hours to well over four hours. 

    Manchester to Glasgow trains: Services on board

    First-class seating on Avanti West Coast trains on this route offers benefits such free food and drink, WiFi, and extra legroom. In addition, luggage allowances are quite generous with Avanti, although passengers are asked to ensure that their luggage is not larger than 30 cm × 70 cm × 90 cm overall.

    Travellers who are disabled can use the operator's passenger assist service, and passengers in wheelchairs are requested to give Avanti at least 24 hours notice for the best service. Two domestic pets can be brought on trains from Manchester to Glasgow at no additional charge, while cyclists can reserve a space for their bike for free.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Glasgow

    Tickets for trains from Manchester to Glasgow don't have to be expensive. Passengers who are flexible with their travel dates often save because they can opt for cheaper train tickets. The same goes for times, too: passengers who take trains from Manchester to Glasgow early in the morning or late at night are likely to save cash.

    FAQs: Manchester to Glasgow train

    FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester to Glasgow 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 Glasgow.
    FAQs
    Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Glasgow can start from as little as £25 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Glasgow is £61; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
    The train time to Glasgow from Manchester is on average 3 h 4 min   for the 183 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go to Glasgow from Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
    The first train from Manchester to Glasgow leaves at 04: 55. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
    The last train from Manchester to Glasgow leaves at 20: 39.
    There are 17 trains a day from Manchester to Glasgow which require at least one change with TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3). Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
    Take the Manchester to Glasgow train with TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, East Coast, CrossCountry, Bus or Northern Rail (3). However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route between Manchester and Glasgow as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 39.

    When departing from Manchester, you have various train station options to start your trip from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Glasgow, you can end your journey in train stations like Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Airport.

    Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (766 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Glasgow Central, located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city centre.

    The cheapest month to travel from Manchester to Glasgow by train is October.
    It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel from Manchester to Glasgow including taking a train or coach.

    Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Glasgow

    Manchester
    Glasgow
    Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Manchester for your journey to Glasgow.
    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)
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