Manchester to Preston train

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Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Preston

Showing times and prices for 25 May

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Northern Rail
08:380h46
Deansgate (DGT)
09:24Preston station (PRE)
£81One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Northern Rail
08:080h51
Deansgate (DGT)
08:59Preston station (PRE)
£81One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
09:080h50
Deansgate (DGT)
09:58Preston station (PRE)
£91One-way
0 changes
Transpennine Express
08:240h37
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:01Preston station (PRE)
£141One-way
0 changes
Transpennine Express
09:240h35
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:59Preston station (PRE)
£151One-way
0 changes

Train timetableManchester to Preston

Showing trains for tomorrow, Saturday, 25 May
Northern Rail
08:080h51
Deansgate (DGT)
08:59Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Transpennine Express
08:240h37
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:01Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:380h46
Deansgate (DGT)
09:24Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:560h38
Deansgate (DGT)
09:34Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Northern Rail
09:080h50
Deansgate (DGT)
09:58Preston station (PRE)
0 changes
Transpennine Express
09:240h35
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:59Preston station (PRE)
0 changes

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Train times from Manchester to Preston

Showing times and prices for 25 May

Fastest Journey

35 m

Average

42 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

45 km

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

Fastest
Transpennine Express
09:240h35
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:59Preston station (PRE)
£151One-way
0 changes
Transpennine Express
08:240h37
Manchester Oxford Road (MCO)
09:01Preston station (PRE)
£141One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:560h38
Deansgate (DGT)
09:34Preston station (PRE)
£201One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:380h46
Deansgate (DGT)
09:24Preston station (PRE)
£81One-way
0 changes
Northern Rail
09:080h50
Deansgate (DGT)
09:58Preston station (PRE)
£91One-way
0 changes

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Overview: Train from Manchester to Preston

distanceDistance27 miles
durationAverage train duration35 min
priceAverage train ticket price£9 (€10)
frequencyTrain frequency25 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 24 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesNorthern Rail (3) or TransPennine Express

Trains from Manchester to Preston cover the 27 miles long route taking on average 35 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail (3) or TransPennine Express. Normally, there are 25 trains operating per day. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this route for as low as £4, but the average price of train tickets is £9. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Preston.

Train companies: Northern Rail (3) and TransPennine Express trains Manchester to Preston

You can travel by train between Manchester and Preston with Northern Rail (3) and TransPennine Express for as low as £4. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

Transpennine Express is a train company based in the United Kingdom. It operates services from Manchester and Liverpool to Scotland, the North East and Yorkshire. It offers a range of services, including express, regional and local trains. Express trains are the fastest, with journey times of up to three hours. Regional trains are slower, but offer more stops and a more relaxed atmosphere. Local trains are the slowest, but offer the most stops. Transpennine Express offers a range of ticket types, including single, return, group and season tickets. Onboard facilities include free Wi-Fi, power sockets, comfortable seating and a range of food and drink options. The most popular routes for Transpennine Express are Manchester to Edinburgh, Liverpool to Leeds and Manchester to York. These routes offer a convenient and comfortable way to travel between the cities.

Manchester to Preston train information with TransPennine Express:

  • Average Duration: 35 min
  • Cheapest Price: £12

Trains from Manchester to Preston

Every day, Northern Rail and First TransPennine Express cover the Manchester-to-Preston route, offering well over 40 direct services. Journey times average around 45 minutes. Travellers can save time and enjoy the most comfortable way to travel by taking a train from Manchester to Preston. 

Manchester to Preston train times: Daily departures

It doesn't matter when travellers need to get to Preston - rail connections will always be available. Passengers can expect a choice of 40-50 trains every day, with few variations on weekdays and weekends. Trains start as early as 6:00 a.m., and run until just before midnight. Between those times, there should be at least 2-3 departures every hour, and none of them will require a change.

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

Long journeys won't be an issue when booking trains from Manchester to Preston. In fact, TransPennine and Northern Rail cover the 33-mile distance in as little as 35 minutes. Most services will take between 40 and 50 minutes, and the slowest direct trains take around an hour to reach Preston.

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

Departure train station: When travellers head from Manchester to Preston by train, services will depart from Manchester's Piccadilly or Victoria stations. Piccadilly is the larger of the two, offering plenty of shops, cafés, and other amenities. It also has the most frequent service to Preston, and is in the heart of the city. Victoria, handy for those in northern Manchester, can be reached from the centre by tram in 5 minutes.

Arrival train station: Most trains to Preston from Manchester will arrive at Preston Station. The station is around 200 metres southwest of the town centre, so walking is an option. Taxis to most central locations take 5-10 minutes. Luggage storage, cafés, ATMs, and toilets are all available for the convenience of travellers. Some trains also stop at Bamber Bridge, about 4 miles south of Preston.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Preston?

Travellers can book train tickets to Preston with a couple of companies. Northern Rail is the major operator on the route, and First TransPennine Express provides an alternative.

First TransPennine Express Manchester to Preston

First TransPennine Express operates trains from Manchester to Preston from Manchester Picadilly. They make some of the fastest journeys, with many taking less than 40 minutes. However, expect only 5-10 direct options every day, far fewer than Northern Rail offers.

Northern Rail Manchester to Preston

Northern Rail provides the most frequent service from Manchester to Preston, scheduling at least 20 trains per day. Journey times vary from 45 minutes to an hour, and will almost always be longer than those offered by First TransPennine.

Manchester to Preston trains: Services on board

First TransPennine offers first-class bookings, which come with perks such as free pastries or biscuits, more space to unwind, and power sockets. Northern Rail also sells first-class tickets, but they come with slightly fewer benefits. Both companies provide WiFi and quiet spaces for professionals, as well as food and drink for all.

Luggage limits don't apply, although travellers are generally restricted to items they can carry on board. Northern Rail allows free bike transport, providing one of the two bike spaces is available on the service. With First TransPennine, bike spaces must be booked 24 hours in advance.

Those with pets can take two dogs on board First TransPennine trains, while smaller animals need to be carried in suitable containers. Northern Rail is similarly relaxed about dogs - they just need to be leashed.

Both companies provide assistance to passengers with disabilities, but it's a good idea for travellers to give them a call in advance to ensure that boarding and alighting can be carried out safely. Passengers in wheelchairs should be able to travel without any hassle.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Preston

Saving money should always be possible when travelling by train from Manchester to Preston - especially when travellers choose to book on the Omio platform. Passengers may note that First TransPennine services tend to be cheaper than Northern Rail, even though Northern Rail's journey times are longer.

Booking in advance can often be a good idea, as on-the-day purchases are always much more expensive. And group bookings are another possibility. For instance, Northern Rail offers 25% discounts for couples on some off-peak routes. Finally, passengers should check Omio for seasonal sales. They can occur at any time, and regularly slash ticket prices by 25-30%.

FAQs: Manchester to Preston train

FAQs: Travel by train from Manchester to Preston 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 Preston.
FAQs
Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Preston can start from as little as £4 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Manchester to Preston is £9; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time from Manchester to Preston is on average 35 min   for the 27 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go from Manchester to Preston by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Manchester to Preston leaves at 05: 55. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Manchester to Preston leaves at 23: 08.
There are 25 trains a day from Manchester to Preston which require at least one change with Northern Rail (3) or TransPennine Express. Schedules can vary on holidays or weekends with fewer trains.
When taking a train from Manchester to Preston, you can count on Northern Rail (3) or TransPennine Express for the best way to get you to Preston. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service from Manchester to Preston and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 23: 08.

Passengers board the train most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly, which is located around 0.5 miles (766 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Preston, located 1.4 miles (2.2 km) away from the city centre.

The cheapest month to travel from Manchester to Preston by train is October.
You have options as you can travel to Preston from Manchester 2 different ways: train or coach.

Important Stations and Airports in Manchester and Preston

Manchester
Preston
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 Preston.
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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