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Overview: Train from Manchester to Leicester

distanceDistance74 miles (119 km)
durationAverage train duration1 h 38 min
priceAverage train ticket price£32 (€37)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersEast Midlands Trains, Cross Country or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Manchester to Leicester cover the 74 miles (119 km) long journey taking on average 1 h 38 min with our travel partners like East Midlands Trains, Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £24, but the average price of train tickets is £32. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Leicester.

Train companies: CrossCountry trains Manchester to Leicester

For as little as £24 you can travel by train to Leicester from Manchester with CrossCountry. Omio will show you the best deals, timetables and tickets available for this route.

CrossCountry

CrossCountry is a fast speed train company in the United Kingdom and for your next train between Manchester and Leicester you can choose between Standard Class and First Class tickets on Omio.

If you're looking for cheap CrossCountry tickets from Manchester to Leicester, check out Omio! With one-way Manchester to Leicester train ticket prices starting as low as £28 when you book in advance, we'll help you get to Leicester from Manchester by showing you the latest CrossCountry offers, train timetables and tickets for this 74 miles (119 km) route. You can also review relevant ticket information for each class fare available on this journey, such as luggage policy and amenities offered onboard with CrossCountry. If you search for CrossCountry tickets from Manchester to Leicester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can go paperless when taking the train. Whether you're looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train between Manchester and Leicester on offer, Omio makes it easier than ever for you to find that perfect train with CrossCountry so you can enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey.

CrossCountry from Manchester to Leicester train information:

  • Average Duration: 2 h 48 min
  • Average Price: £28
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

CrossCountry 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train to Leicester from Manchester are the following:

  • Refund or voucher policy
  • If you have an Off-Peak or Anytime ticket, you can get a full refund and the £10 admin fee has been waived. Advance tickets are normally non-refundable but you can now also get a full refund if your Advance ticket was booked before 23 March 2020.
  • Cashless payments recommended
  • Online booking and check-in recommended

Trains from Manchester to Leicester

With around two to three scheduled train services an hour between Manchester and Leicester, it's easy to travel between these cities quickly and flexibly. Journeys can take as little as one and a half hours and there tends to be one change at Sheffield or Nuneaton. 

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Leicester?

Train services between Manchester and Leicester are operated by East Midlands Trains, Virgin and West Midlands Railway. Some services depart from Manchester Picadilly station and others from Manchester Oxford Road. These stations are only a 10-15 minute walk from each other and there are connecting trains every few minutes from Manchester Oxford Road, travelling just one stop to Manchester Picadilly.

How long is the train from Manchester to Leicester?

Trains between Manchester and Leicester can take as little as one and a half hours, although most journeys seem to average out at around two hours and have one changeover. A few journeys have two changeovers.

How many trains are there from Manchester to Leicester?

There are around two to three scheduled services every hour from Manchester Oxford Road or Manchester Picadilly through to Leicester Train Station. Services begin at around 6:00 a.m. and run until 10:00 p.m., even at weekends. This is a popular commuter and tourist route that is very well served with scheduled services, making it ideal for flexible travel.

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

Departure train station: Manchester trains depart from either Manchester Oxford Road, the terminus station, or Manchester Picadilly, which is the stop just before. Both stations are easily linked with a ten-minute walk or a quick hop on a train. Both stations have ticketing facilities, waiting areas with seating, coffee shops and accessible toilets. Manchester Piccadilly is the city's largest station and also has showers, retail outlets, food outlets and trolleys.

Arrival train station: Leicester station was refurbished in 2002 and now boasts an attractive open-plan layout, accessible facilities, a retail zone with shops, coffee and food facilities, lifts, ticket facilities, trolleys and more.  There is a large car park outside, a taxi rank directly in front of the station and the city bus routes are just a short walk away.

Travel Tips: Trains from Manchester to Leicester

Travel by train to Leicester 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 Leicester.
FAQs

How much do cheap trains to Leicester from Manchester cost?

Omio customers have found the cheapest trains to Leicester from Manchester to cost as little as £24  in the next 7 days.

How much does the train from Manchester to Leicester cost on average?

The Manchester to Leicester train ticket price is on average £32  if you are looking to book your tickets for this trip in the next week.

What is the distance by train from Manchester to Leicester?

You should expect to travel around 74 miles (119 km)  from Manchester to Leicester by train.

How long is the train from Manchester to Leicester?

On average the train from Manchester to Leicester duration is 1 h 38 min  for the 74 miles (119 km) long journey, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

Which train station in Manchester goes to Leicester? Which train station do I come into Leicester from Manchester?

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Manchester Piccadilly   to Leicester.

Where do I find the Manchester train station to Leicester? Where is the Leicester train station?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.4 miles (587 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Leicester, located 0.6 miles (945 m) away from the city centre.

Which train providers should I travel with from Manchester to Leicester?

Take the Manchester to Leicester train with East Midlands Trains, Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route between Manchester and Leicester as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

How many train services are there to Leicester from Manchester a day?

The average number of trains departing Manchester for Leicester is 25 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

What time is the earliest train from Manchester to Leicester? What time is the last train from Manchester to Leicester?

If you prefer early morning trains from Manchester to Leicester, the first train leaves at 06: 27. If you prefer late night trains from Manchester to Leicester, the last train of the day leaves at 13: 58. Omio shows you the latest train from Manchester to Leicester timetable to help you book the best departure time for this route.

How far in advance should I purchase a train ticket from Manchester to Leicester to get the best deals?

The price of a one way train ticket from Manchester to Leicester is on average £32 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 companies offering this route. In general, you can find train tickets to Leicester from Manchester available a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Manchester
Leicester
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 Leicester from Manchester.
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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