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Train Information between Manchester and Glasgow

distanceDistance183 miles (295 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price£59 (€65)
changesDirect trainYes
carriersTrain companiesFirst Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Glasgow cover the 183 miles (295 km) long journey taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like First Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast. There are direct train services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey for as low as £38, but the average price of train tickets is £59. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Glasgow Central.

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 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.

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FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train to Glasgow from Manchester?
Looking to save money on your trip? Omio customers have found the cheapest train to Glasgow from Manchester for the next 7 days starting from £38  one way.
How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Glasgow?
If you’re looking to buy tickets for this trip in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Manchester to Glasgow train prices are on average £59  one way.
What is the distance from Manchester to Glasgow by train?
The distance between Manchester and Glasgow by train is approximately 183 miles (295 km).
How many hours does it take from Manchester to Glasgow by train?
On average the train from Manchester to Glasgow duration is 3 h 13 min  for the 183 miles (295 km) long route, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.
When travelling by train from Manchester to Glasgow, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Glasgow do I arrive in?

When taking the train from Manchester to Glasgow, you can choose to depart from train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Your trip can end in train stations such as Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Charing Cross (Glasgow).

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Glasgow Central.

Where is the Manchester train station located? Where is the Glasgow train station located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Glasgow Central, located 0 mile (s) / 0 km away from the city centre.

Which train providers should I travel with from Manchester to Glasgow?
For the route from Manchester to Glasgow you can take a train with First Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services to Glasgow from Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
When can I take the first train from Manchester to Glasgow? When can I take the last train for the day?
The first Manchester to Glasgow train departs at 07: 00   and the last train from Manchester to Glasgow leaves at 10: 51. Check out the most up-to-date Manchester to Glasgow train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
How far in advance should I buy a train ticket between Manchester and Glasgow to get the best deals?
The price of a one way train ticket from Manchester to Glasgow is on average £59 if you buy within the next 7 days. But we recommend booking tickets before your planned travel date to find the best prices for trains from all possible train providers offering this trip. In general, you can find train tickets to Glasgow from Manchester available a few months in advance.
Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Glasgow
Manchester Oxford Road
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Manchester Piccadilly
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147
How long does it take to get from the train station to the city centre?
This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.
Manchester Victoria
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