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Train Information from Manchester to Leicester

distanceDistance74 miles (119 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 25 min
priceAverage train ticket price£35 (€39)
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 trip taking on average 2 h 25 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. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £35, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £28. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Leicester.

Train companies

Train between Manchester and Leicester with CrossCountry

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and Leicester from £28 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most affordable 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 trip, 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 from Manchester to 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.

Train information from Manchester to Leicester with CrossCountry:

  • 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 from Manchester to Leicester 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 train tickets to Leicester from Manchester cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Manchester to Leicester to cost as little as £28  in the next 7 days.
What is the average price of train tickets to Leicester from Manchester?
The Manchester to Leicester train ticket price is on average £35  if you are looking to purchase your tickets for this trip in the next week.
How far is it from Manchester to Leicester by train?
The distance from Manchester to Leicester by train is approximately 74 miles (119 km).
How long does it take from Manchester to Leicester by train?
The Manchester to Leicester train duration is on average 2 h 25 min, which is to be expected when travelling 74 miles (119 km) between Manchester and Leicester. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.
What station does the Manchester to Leicester train leave from? Which Leicester train station do I come into from Manchester?

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Leicester.

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

Passengers booking this trip most frequently board their trains from Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Leicester most often arrive at Leicester and need to travel around 0 mile (s) / 0 km from this train station to the city centre.

What train providers offer a service from Manchester to Leicester?
If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Leicester, you can rely on East Midlands Trains, Cross Country or Avanti West Coast to get you to Leicester. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Manchester to Leicester route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
How many train services per day are there from Manchester to Leicester?
On average, there are 25 trains a day from Manchester to Leicester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
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 07: 27. If you prefer late night trains from Manchester to Leicester, the last train of the day leaves at 09: 27. Omio shows you the latest train from Manchester to Leicester times to help you book the best departure time for this journey.
How early should I purchase train tickets to Leicester from Manchester to score the best deals?
If you book a train ticket from Manchester to Leicester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £35 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets from Manchester to Leicester are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

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 between Manchester and Leicester.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
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TaxiTaxi
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket office hours
Mon - Sat: 04: 30 - 22: 30 | Sun: 07: 00 - 22: 30
Connections to/from station
Bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 147
Train lines: Northern, TransPennine Express, Avanti West Coast, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, Transport for Wales