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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Glasgow

Showing times and prices for 15 Jul

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)
£481One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:533h46
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£801One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
08:383h23
Deansgate (DGT)
12:01Glasgow Central (GLC)
£801One-way
1 change

Train timetableManchester to Glasgow

Showing trains for tomorrow, Monday, 15 July
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
08:533h46
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
1 change

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Train times from Manchester to Glasgow

Showing times and prices for 15 Jul

Fastest Journey

3 h 23 m

Average

3 h 48 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)
£801One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:533h46
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£801One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:244h15
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
12:39Glasgow Central (GLC)
£481One-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£72 (€79)
frequencyTrain frequency17 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 17 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesTransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, East Coast, Bus, CrossCountry, Northern Rail (3) or first_transpennine_express

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, Bus, CrossCountry, Northern Rail (3) or first_transpennine_express. Normally, there are 17 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £17, but the average price of train tickets is £72. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Glasgow Central.

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

Travel to Glasgow from Manchester from £17 with Omio’s train partners TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains and ScotRail! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most convenient trip for you.

LNER is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates a wide range of services, from high-speed intercity trains to local services. Its most popular routes include London to Edinburgh, London to Leeds, and London to York. LNER offers a variety of train types, including the Azuma, InterCity 225, and HST. The Azuma is a modern, high-speed train that offers comfortable seating and onboard Wi-Fi. The InterCity 225 is a classic train that offers a more traditional experience. The HST is a high-speed train that offers a smooth ride and plenty of legroom. LNER offers a variety of ticket types, including Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak. Advance tickets are the cheapest option and must be booked in advance. Anytime tickets are more expensive but can be used at any time. Off-Peak tickets are the most affordable option for travelling during off-peak times. Onboard facilities include comfortable seating, Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a range of food and drink options. LNER also offers a range of discounts and special offers, making it an affordable and convenient way to travel.

East Coast from Manchester to Glasgow train information:

  • Average Duration: 5 h
  • Cheapest Price: £86

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 £17 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Glasgow is £72; 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 Glasgow train travel time is 3 h 4 min   for the 183 mile long journey, but the duration can vary if you travel 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Glasgow without having to change trains with Virgin Trains or first_transpennine_express. There are 17 direct trains from Manchester to Glasgow each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the trip from Manchester to Glasgow you can take a train with TransPennine Express, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, East Coast, Bus, CrossCountry, Northern Rail (3) or first_transpennine_express. Be sure to check out all possible train companies that offer services between Manchester and Glasgow on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
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 route from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. When arriving in Glasgow, you can end your trip in train stations like Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street.

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 Glasgow Central, located 1.1 miles (1.7 km) away from the city centre.

A trip to Glasgow from Manchester is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 4 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Manchester to Glasgow 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
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 Glasgow 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 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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