Manchester to Leicester train

Fri, 31 May
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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Leicester

Showing times and prices for 31 May

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Northern Rail
08:482h43
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:31Leicester station (LEI)
£561One-way
1 change
Transpennine Express
08:132h16
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:29Leicester station (LEI)
£621One-way
1 change
Cross Country
08:252h47
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:12Leicester station (LEI)
£801One-way
1 change
East Midlands Railway
08:432h20
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:03Leicester station (LEI)
£1081One-way
1 change
Northern Rail
08:462h26
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:12Leicester station (LEI)
£1081One-way
2 changes

Train timetableManchester to Leicester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Friday, 31 May
Transpennine Express
08:132h16
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:29Leicester station (LEI)
1 change
Cross Country
08:252h47
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:12Leicester station (LEI)
1 change
Avanti West Coast
08:352h16
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:51Leicester station (LEI)
1 change
East Midlands Railway
08:432h20
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:03Leicester station (LEI)
1 change
Northern Rail
08:462h26
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:12Leicester station (LEI)
2 changes
Northern Rail
08:482h43
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:31Leicester station (LEI)
1 change

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Train times from Manchester to Leicester

Showing times and prices for 31 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 16 m

Average

2 h 28 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

119 km

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

Fastest
Transpennine Express
08:132h16
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:29Leicester station (LEI)
£621One-way
1 change
Fastest
Avanti West Coast
08:352h16
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
10:51Leicester station (LEI)
£1081One-way
1 change
East Midlands Railway
08:432h20
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:03Leicester station (LEI)
£1081One-way
1 change
Northern Rail
08:462h26
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:12Leicester station (LEI)
£1081One-way
2 changes
Northern Rail
08:482h43
Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
11:31Leicester station (LEI)
£561One-way
1 change

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Leicester

distanceDistance74 miles
durationAverage train duration1 h 35 min
priceAverage train ticket price£57 (€63)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainNo
carriersTrain providersEast Midlands Trains, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, Northern Rail (3) or West Midlands Trains

Trains from Manchester to Leicester cover the 74 miles long journey taking on average 1 h 35 min with our travel partners like East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, Northern Rail (3) or West Midlands Trains. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £57, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £16. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Leicester.

Train companies: East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains trains Manchester to Leicester

Travel between Manchester and Leicester from £29 with Omio’s train partners East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry and Virgin Trains! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most popular trip for you.

Northern Trains is a publicly owned train operator in the United Kingdom, headquartered in York. The train provider operates local and regional trains across the entire north of England connecting regions of the North East, North West, East Midlands, Staffordshire, Yorkshire and the Humber coast line. Tickets such as Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime Day are available to purchase for routes with Northern. There is only one class option on Northern trains: Standard.

Manchester to Leicester train information with Northern Rail (3):

  • Average Duration: 2 h 43 min
  • Cheapest Price: £33

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.

FAQs: Manchester to Leicester train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester 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
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Leicester can start from as little as £16 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Leicester is £57; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time between Manchester and Leicester is on average 1 h 35 min   for the 74 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go between Manchester and Leicester by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Leicester leaves at 06: 03. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Leicester leaves at 20: 43.
There are 25 trains a day from Manchester to Leicester which require at least one change with East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, Northern Rail (3) or West Midlands Trains. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
Yes, there's a high-speed train to Leicester. Take the fast train with East Midlands Trains from Manchester to Leicester.
Take the Manchester to Leicester train with East Midlands Trains, CrossCountry, Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express, Northern Rail (3) or West Midlands Trains. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route to Leicester from Manchester as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 43.

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 Leicester, located 1.2 miles (1.9 km) away from the city centre.

A day trip to Leicester from Manchester is worth doing with a journey time of 1 h 35 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month for a train from Manchester to Leicester is January.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 2 ways to travel from Manchester to Leicester including taking a train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Leicester

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 between Manchester and Leicester.
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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