Cheap train tickets from Manchester to London

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Cheapest

£76

Average

£76

The best way to find a cheap fare is to book your ticket as far in advance as you can and to avoid traveling at rush hour.

The average ticket from Manchester to London will cost around £ 76 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 76.

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08:05Manchester Piccadilly2h51 10:56London Euston
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£761One-way
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09:27Manchester Piccadilly3h02 12:29London Euston
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10:20Manchester Piccadilly2h33 12:53London Euston
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08:20Manchester Piccadilly2h41 11:01London Euston
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08:27Manchester Piccadilly3h07 11:34London Euston
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Train schedule Manchester to London

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08:05Manchester Piccadilly2h51 10:56London Euston
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08:20Manchester Piccadilly2h41 11:01London Euston
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08:27Manchester Piccadilly3h07 11:34London Euston
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09:20Manchester Piccadilly2h52 12:12London Euston
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09:27Manchester Piccadilly3h02 12:29London Euston
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10:20Manchester Piccadilly2h33 12:53London Euston
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29 May
£76Avanti West Coast
£7Megabus
£127British Airways
Mon
30 May
£51West Midlands Railway
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Tue
31 May
£51West Midlands Railway
£7Flixbus
£83British Airways
Wed
1 Jun
£145East Midlands Railway
£9Megabus
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Thu
2 Jun
£51West Midlands Railway
£7Flixbus
£92British Airways
Fri
3 Jun
£51West Midlands Railway
£7Megabus
£84British Airways
Sat
4 Jun
£30Avanti West Coast
£7Megabus
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5 Jun
£76Avanti West Coast
£9Megabus
£125British Airways
Mon
6 Jun
£46Avanti West Coast
£6Flixbus
£98British Airways
Tue
7 Jun
£38West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£68British Airways
Wed
8 Jun
£56Avanti West Coast
£6Megabus
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Thu
9 Jun
£51West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£103British Airways
Fri
10 Jun
£46Avanti West Coast
£6Flixbus
£101British Airways
Sat
11 Jun
£46Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£66British Airways
Sun
12 Jun
£76Avanti West Coast
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£87British Airways
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13 Jun
£56Avanti West Coast
£7Megabus
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Tue
14 Jun
£38West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£68British Airways
Wed
15 Jun
£38West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£68British Airways
Thu
16 Jun
£50Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£84British Airways
Fri
17 Jun
£51West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£79British Airways

Fastest train times from Manchester to London

Showing times and prices for 29 May

Fastest Journey

2 h 33 m

Average

2 h 51 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

262 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Manchester for London every day 4 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 262 km distance in an average of 2 h 51 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 2 h 33 m .

The slowest trains will take 3 h 7 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

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10:20Manchester Piccadilly2h33 12:53London Euston
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£761One-way
08:20Manchester Piccadilly2h41 11:01London Euston
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£761One-way
08:05Manchester Piccadilly2h51 10:56London Euston
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£761One-way
09:20Manchester Piccadilly2h52 12:12London Euston
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£761One-way
09:27Manchester Piccadilly3h02 12:29London Euston
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Overview: Train from Manchester to London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 8 min
priceAverage train ticket price£71 (€80)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesGrand Central Trains, London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Railway, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway or Chiltern Railways

Trains from Manchester to London cover the 162 miles (261 km) long route taking on average 2 h 8 min with our travel partners like Grand Central Trains, London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Railway, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway or Chiltern Railways. 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 £51, but the average price of train tickets is £71. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in London Victoria.

Train providers: Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry trains Manchester to London

Chiltern Railways and CrossCountry trains will get you to London from Manchester from £51. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

CrossCountry
Chiltern Railways

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

Find cheap tickets for CrossCountry trains to London from Manchester on Omio. Omio can help you find the best train deals and prices all in one place by showing you the most up-to-date Manchester to London train timetable from CrossCountry, the latest train ticket offers available and other travel information for the 162 miles (261 km) route between Manchester and London, including information on luggage policy and amenities offered onboard depending on the class fare you pick and choose. If you search for trains from Manchester to London in the Omio app, you can check to see if the CrossCountry trains available are mobile tickets, which makes it even more convenient for you to go paperless when travelling. Check the CrossCountry train timetable for your ideal departure and arrival times, compare the best route available to get to London from Manchester and then book a cheap train with ease. Sit back and enjoy your upcoming train between Manchester and London with CrossCountry!

    When you buy your CrossCountry train tickets between Manchester and London don't forget to keep the following COVID-19 related policies in mind:

    • 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 London

    Trains from Manchester to London run at a rate of around 50 a day during the week, with roughly 40 trains on Saturdays and just under 30 on Sundays. They are most densely concentrated during the morning peak times, departing every 6­-15min. They take from roughly 2h to about 3h 15min, with one of the trains making the trip in about 5h.

    Manchester to London Train Time: Daily Departures

    It's easy to find a Manchester to London train every day, given that there are more than 300 plying this route every week. At peak times, trains leave at the rate of about four per hour, dropping to about three an hour during off-peak times and in the early evening. The first trains on weekdays leave at around 05:00, with three departing before 06:00. The last train of the day is after 21:00. On Saturdays, the first and last trains are at around 06:00 and 19:00, respectively. On Sundays, trains run from roughly 08:00 till 20:00.

    How long is the journey by train from Manchester to London?

    A train to London from Manchester takes about 2h 30min when averaged out across all trips. Departures vary according to the time of day, the train company operating the route, and the number of connections you have to make on the way. The fastest trains take about 2h 05min, with the longest trip coming in at around 3h 25min. There is also a single night train that takes roughly 5h.

    Trains from Manchester to London: clock on Manchester's Town Hall. Source: Shutterstock

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

    Departure train station: Every train from Manchester to London leaves from Manchester Piccadilly Station, about a 2-minute bus ride from central Manchester on a Go North West No 3 bus. The station has limited mobility amenities, including step-free platform access and induction loops. There are baby changing rooms and plenty of places to shop, eat and drink. Assistance with any passenger issues is available at one of the station's Help Points.

    Arrival train station: The vast majority of trains from Manchester to London arrive at London Euston Station. It's about 11min from Central London if you take the Northern Underground Line. London Buses also service this route – you can catch the No 198 bus into the city centre in about 13min. A handful of trains each week go to St. Pancras Station. You can get there in about 7min on the Underground Piccadilly line. Both stations have wheelchair and step-free access, retail shops, cafés and fast-food outlets.

    Which train companies travel from Manchester to London?

    Three train companies operate Manchester to London trains. You'll most commonly travel on Avanti West Coast. It offers the most trains during the day, including the first and last trains. These are all direct journeys without any changes on the way and are thus the fastest trips, taking from about 2h to 2h 20min. East Midlands Railway runs several trains per day on the Manchester to London route, making one connection for a train change in Sheffield and taking about 3h 20min. Arriva Trains Wales also covers the route, travelling via Crewe and taking about 3h 20min to get to London.

    Night trains London

    You can catch one night train to London from Manchester daily. It leaves at around 19:30 from Manchester Piccadilly Station, travelling with Arriva Trains Wales. It's a two-stop trip, making the first connection in Crewe for a change of trains to Northampton, where you'll switch trains again for the trip to London Euston Station. The travel time is about 5h, and you'll arrive at around 00:30.

    Avanti West Coast trains from Manchester to London

    Avanti West Coast offer the fastest Manchester to London trains, all travelling a direct route between the two cities. These are high-speed trains that travel at between around 125 mph (200 km/h) and 140mph (225 km/h), with the quickest journeys taking a few minutes over 2h. They leave throughout the day, starting at around 05:00, with the last train leaving at about 21:00. This is the carrier to choose for the fastest, most direct trips to London.

    East Midlands Railway trains from Manchester to London

    East Midlands Railway offers one-stop trains from Manchester to London, which leave roughly three times a day. They take from about 3h to 3h 30, departing from Manchester Piccadilly Station and stopping in Sheffield on the way before arriving at London St. Pancras station. The company often combines with regional train services like the Transpennine Express to create its routes, so you'll sometimes switch to one of these trains for a portion of your journey.

    Arriva Trains Wales trains from Manchester to London

    Arriva Wales Trains supply the rest of the London to Manchester trains, contributing a couple of dozen or so every day. They typically start running a little later in the day, with the first one at around 09:00 and the last at about 20:00. They also make a single connection on the way, stopping in Crewe for a train change. Your total travel time will be about 3h 15min to 4h 40min.

    Trains from Manchester to London: Sustainability travel

    Catching a train from Manchester to London is a more sustainable form of travel than by road for several reasons. Firstly, a single train trip carrying a few hundred passengers emits far less carbon than all the passengers driving to London – even if they shared cars. Secondly, many of the trains use electrical rather than diesel fuel power. UK train companies also have sustainability programmes that include building trains using recycled materials. Some of the high-speed trains also use KERS units to convert braking energy into electrical energy for propulsion.

    Train Manchester to London: Services on Board

    Avanti West Coast gives you a choice of Standard or First class. Trained personnel are on hand to help passengers with limited ability as part of the company's Passenger Assist service. You're allowed to bring two small domestic pets with you in a suitable container or on a leash, at no extra charge. You can also reserve a space for your bike in a dedicated cycle transport carriage. East Midlands Railway also offers First or Second class, and you can bring a foldable bicycle on board with you, as well as a cat, dog or bird in a container. Wheelchair assistance is provided for boarding and disembarking, and there is space on board to sit in your wheelchair if you prefer. Arriva Trains Wales has space for two bicycles per train, and fold-down seating areas are provided for wheelchair users and parents with children in pushchairs. You can also bring up to two small domestic pets on its trains to London from Manchester.

    How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to London?

    Two of the best ways of finding cheap tickets for trains from Manchester to London is to be very flexible about when you leave. Waiting until the last minute sometimes lets you pick up discounted tickets due to cancellations. The reverse approach also works – if you book your tickets months in advance, you can benefit from early-bird discounts as the train companies push to fill their trains. The longer train trips, going via other stations on the way or requiring connections, are usually cheaper as well, to compensate for the longer travel time and changeovers.

    Trains from Manchester to London: bridge in London at dusk. Source: Shutterstock

    To London by train—travel tips

    London has a wonderful array of world-renowned tourist attractions and landmarks, from the historical to the most up-to-date and trendy places to hang out. The Canary Wharf area is a good place to head for the latter – it's where many Londoners go after work to relax in one of its many pubs, clubs or restaurants. On a grander scale, there's Buckingham Palace, where the Changing of the Guards has been a tourist attraction for many decades. Piccadilly Square and Trafalgar Square are two other main landmarks, the latter with its famous Nelson's Column. Another historical artefact is to be found on the Thames Embankment, the Cleopatra's Needle monolith. You'll also be spoilt for choice with museums – visit some of the world's most famous, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Imperial War Museum. For a commanding view over the entire city, take a ride on the London Eye. For more ideas on what to see and do after arriving on a train from Manchester to London, you can read the online Omio travel magazine, The Window Seat.

    • Walk across historic Tower Bridge
    • Big Ben
    • The National Gallery
    • Take a lift to the top of The Shard
    • Westminster Abbey
    • Churchill’s Underground War Rooms

    Travel Tips: Trains from Manchester to London

    Travel by train to London 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 London.
    FAQs

    What is the cost of cheap trains between Manchester and London?

    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train to London from Manchester for as little as £51  in the next 7 days.

    How much is a train ticket from Manchester to London?

    If you’re looking to book your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Manchester to London train price to come in at an average of £71  one way.

    How far is it from Manchester to London by train?

    The train distance from Manchester to London is around 162 miles (261 km).

    What is the average Manchester to London train duration?

    While the time it takes to travel 162 miles (261 km) from Manchester to London can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays, the train duration from Manchester to London is on average 2 h 8 min.

    Which train station from Manchester to London do I depart from? Which London train station from Manchester do I arrive in?

    Some of the Manchester train stations to London you can start your journey from include Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. Similarly, some of the arrival train stations in London include London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross.

    When travelling this route, Omio customers are departing most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly   and arriving in London Victoria.

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

    Passengers board their train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and travel around 0.7 miles (1.2 km) from the city centre to this train station.

    Passengers travelling this route most often arrive at London Victoria and need to travel approximately 1.8 miles (2.9 km) from the train station to the city centre in London.

    What train providers offer a service from Manchester to London?

    For the best Manchester to London train to purchase, you can travel safely and comfortably with Grand Central Trains, London North Eastern Railway, Avanti West Coast, West Midlands Railway, Cross Country, East Midlands Railway or Chiltern Railways. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services from Manchester to London to compare what amenities they may offer.

    Can I buy a direct train from Manchester to London?

    Yes, there are 25 direct trains per day from Manchester to London. You can look to travel with Avanti West Coast  without needing to change in between. Taking a direct train tends to save you time getting you to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to this when booking a ticket for this trip.

    How many trains are there from Manchester to London a day?

    On average, there are 25 trains a day from Manchester to London. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

    What are the first and last departure train times from Manchester to London?

    The first Manchester to London train departs at 04: 55   and the last train from Manchester to London leaves at 21: 15. Check out the most up-to-date Manchester to London train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.

    How far in advance should I purchase train tickets from Manchester to London for the best deals?

    In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this trip and save money. If you book train tickets between Manchester and London within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £71 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Manchester to London a few months in advance.

    Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

    Manchester
    London
    Manchester Piccadilly is the most popular Manchester railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Manchester for your journey to London.
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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