Cheap train tickets from Manchester to London

Showing times and prices for 3 Dec

Cheapest

£38

Average

£83

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 £ 83 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 38.

Cheapest
10:31Manchester Piccadilly3h19 13:50London Euston
1 changes
£381One-way
09:31Manchester Piccadilly3h19 12:50London Euston
1 changes
£491One-way
08:43Manchester Piccadilly3h25 12:08London St Pancras
1 changes
£731One-way
10:42Manchester Piccadilly3h25 14:07London St Pancras
1 changes
£731One-way
08:31Manchester Piccadilly2h29 11:00London Euston
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£1811One-way

Train schedule from Manchester to London

Showing trains for tomorrow, Fri, 3 Dec
08:31Manchester Piccadilly2h29 11:00London Euston
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08:43Manchester Piccadilly3h25 12:08London St Pancras
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09:31Manchester Piccadilly3h19 12:50London Euston
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10:31Manchester Piccadilly3h19 13:50London Euston
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10:42Manchester Piccadilly3h25 14:07London St Pancras
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Thu
2 Dec
£73East Midlands Railway
£8Flixbus
£77British Airways
Fri
3 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£11National Express
£158British Airways
Sat
4 Dec
£73Avanti West Coast
£8Flixbus
£203British Airways
Sun
5 Dec
£55Avanti West Coast
£8Flixbus
£85British Airways
Mon
6 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£131British Airways
Tue
7 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£86British Airways
Wed
8 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£122British Airways
Thu
9 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£97British Airways
Fri
10 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£81British Airways
Sat
11 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£74British Airways
Sun
12 Dec
£48Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£79British Airways
Mon
13 Dec
£48Avanti West Coast
£6Flixbus
£81British Airways
Tue
14 Dec
£29West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£72British Airways
Wed
15 Dec
£29West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£104British Airways
Thu
16 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£69British Airways
Fri
17 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£9Flixbus
£98British Airways
Sat
18 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£10Flixbus
£246British Airways
Sun
19 Dec
£73Avanti West Coast
£10Flixbus
£65British Airways
Mon
20 Dec
£49West Midlands Railway
£9Flixbus
£97British Airways
Tue
21 Dec
£29West Midlands Railway
£10Flixbus
£78BA Cityflyer
Wed
22 Dec
£44Avanti West Coast
£10Flixbus
£109British Airways

Fastest train times from Manchester to London

Showing times and prices for 3 Dec

Fastest Journey

2 h 29 m

Average

3 h 11 m

Trains per day

5

Distance

262 km

It's difficult to get from Manchester to London without changing at least once.

Fastest
08:31Manchester Piccadilly2h29 11:00London Euston
1 changes
£1811One-way
09:31Manchester Piccadilly3h19 12:50London Euston
1 changes
£491One-way
10:31Manchester Piccadilly3h19 13:50London Euston
1 changes
£381One-way
08:43Manchester Piccadilly3h25 12:08London St Pancras
1 changes
£731One-way
10:42Manchester Piccadilly3h25 14:07London St Pancras
1 changes
£731One-way

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Train Information from Manchester to London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 41 min
priceAverage train ticket price£57 (€64)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 25 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersAvanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to London cover the 162 miles (261 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 41 min with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £57, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £49. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in London Victoria.

Train companies

CrossCountry to London from Manchester

You can travel by train to London from Manchester with CrossCountry for as low as £49. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best route.

CrossCountry

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 from Manchester to London 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) journey from Manchester to 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!

    These are CrossCountry 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Manchester to London:

    • 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

    Manchester to London trains

    Starting in the very early morning, trains from the Manchester to London offer a fast and reliable connection throughout the day for many passengers. The majority of trains leave Manchester Piccadilly Station and terminate at London Euston, however, select trains from Manchester to London St Pancras and London Marylebone are also available in the late evenings. The journey will usually take at most two and half hours throughout the majority of the day. Later trains from Manchester to London in the evening can take longer and may include a stopover or change. As this is a busy business route, travellers should be aware that there are several peak times including the morning commute time as well as in the late evening. Virgin Trains are the main provider for trains during the day, and CrossCountry and East Midlands operate a small number of late trains between the two cities.

     

    Which train companies travel from Manchester to London?

    Manchester to London trains are operated by Virgin Trains, CrossCountry, and East Midlands Trains.

    How long is the train journey from Manchester to London

    The average journey time for trains travelling from Manchester to London during the day varies from 2 hours to 3h15 depending on train company, time of day and time of week passengers are travelling. Overnight trains from Manchester to London operated by CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains take between 8½ and 9 hours and involve multiple transfers.

    When are the first and last trains of the day from Manchester to London?

    Trains from Manchester to London begin running in the early morning and continue regularly throughout the day into the late evening. The first direct train from Manchester to London departs at 5:05 a.m. while the last leaves Manchester at 9:15 p.m. The two overnight trains from Manchester to London operated by CrossCountry and East Midlands Trains depart at 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. respectively.

    Where do trains from Manchester to London depart from and arrive to?

    Most trains from Manchester to London depart from Manchester's Piccadilly train station. There is usually one train per day which departs from Manchester's Oxford Road train station. All Virgin Trains traveling from Manchester to London arrive at London's Euston train station. The overnight journey operated by East Midlands trains arrives at London's St Pancras train station, while the CrossCountry overnight train arrive's at London's Marylebone train station.


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    FAQs
    How much does a cheap train between Manchester and London cost?
    If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train between Manchester and London for as little as £49  in the next 7 days.
    What is the average cost of a train from Manchester to London?
    The Manchester to London train ticket price is on average £57  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next week.
    What is the distance between Manchester and London via train?
    The Manchester to London train distance is approximately 162 miles (261 km).
    How many hours does it take from Manchester to London by train?
    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 41 min.
    What is the departure train station in Manchester and arrival train station in London?

    There are a few train stations in Manchester to start your journey from including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. In London you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including London Victoria, London Euston and London Kings Cross.

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

    Where is the train station in Manchester to go to London? Where is the train station in London located?

    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 London Victoria, located 1.2 miles (2 km) away from the city centre.

    What train providers go from Manchester to London?
    Take the Manchester to London train with Avanti West Coast, East Midlands Trains, London North Eastern Railway or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check out all possible train companies for the route from Manchester to London as there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
    How many train services are there between Manchester and 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.
    When should I purchase Manchester London train tickets to score the best deals?
    The price of a one way train ticket from Manchester to London is on average £57 if you book 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 providers offering this journey. In general, you can find train tickets to London from Manchester available 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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    ParkingParking
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    Phone Number
    +44 3457114141
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    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