Manchester to Preston train

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Preston

Showing times and prices for 17 Aug

Cheapest

£7

Average

£9

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.

Northern Rail
21:07Manchester0h43 21:50Preston
0 changes
£71One-way
Northern Rail
18:07Manchester0h43 18:50Preston
0 changes
£71One-way
Northern Rail
08:07Manchester0h50 08:57Preston
0 changes
£71One-way
Northern Rail
09:50Manchester0h52 10:42Preston
0 changes
£71One-way
Northern Rail
22:36Manchester0h47 23:23Preston
0 changes
£81One-way

Train schedule Manchester to Preston

Showing trains for tomorrow, Wednesday, 17 August
Northern Rail
06:36Manchester1h26 08:02Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
08:07Manchester0h50 08:57Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
09:50Manchester0h52 10:42Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
14:51Manchester0h41 15:32Preston
0 changes
Transpennine Express
16:28Manchester0h33 17:01Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
18:07Manchester0h43 18:50Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
20:07Manchester0h43 20:50Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
20:37Manchester0h49 21:26Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
21:07Manchester0h43 21:50Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
21:29Manchester0h44 22:13Preston
0 changes
Northern Rail
22:36Manchester0h47 23:23Preston
0 changes

This is the last train of the day.

Find all the dates and times for this journey

Compare prices and tickets by train, coach or flight

Wed
17 Aug
Thu
18 Aug
Fri
19 Aug
Sat
20 Aug
Sun
21 Aug
Mon
22 Aug
Tue
23 Aug
Wed
24 Aug
Thu
25 Aug
Fri
26 Aug
Sat
27 Aug
Sun
28 Aug
Mon
29 Aug
Tue
30 Aug
Wed
31 Aug
Thu
01 Sept
Fri
02 Sept
Sat
03 Sept
Sun
04 Sept
Mon
05 Sept
Tue
06 Sept

Fastest train times from Manchester to Preston

Showing times and prices for 17 Aug

Fastest Journey

33 m

Average

48 m

Trains per day

11

Distance

45 km

Of the 11 trains that leave Manchester for Preston every day 11 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Transpennine Express
16:28Manchester0h33 17:01Preston
0 changes
£131One-way
Northern Rail
14:51Manchester0h41 15:32Preston
0 changes
£81One-way
Northern Rail
18:07Manchester0h43 18:50Preston
0 changes
£71One-way
Northern Rail
21:07Manchester0h43 21:50Preston
0 changes
£71One-way
Northern Rail
20:07Manchester0h43 20:50Preston
0 changes
£81One-way

More than 1,000 travel companies trust us to sell their tickets all in one place.

Virgin Trains
East Coast
Cross Country
Deutsche Bahn

Overview: Train from Manchester to Preston

distanceDistance27 miles
durationAverage train duration34 min
priceAverage train ticket price£9 (€10)
frequencyTrain frequency55 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 53 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesTranspennine Express, Northern Rail or TransPennine Express Service

Trains from Manchester to Preston cover the 27 miles long trip taking on average 34 min with our travel partners like Transpennine Express, Northern Rail or TransPennine Express Service. Normally, there are 55 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this journey 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 providers: First TransPennine Express 3 and Northern Rail (3) trains Manchester to Preston

Find the best trains from Manchester to Preston with Omio's travel partners First TransPennine Express 3 and Northern Rail (3) from £4. We can find you the best deals, timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the best route.

Northern Rail (3)
First TransPennine Express 3

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 Preston train information with Northern Rail (3):

  • Average Duration: 46 min
  • Average Price: £4
  • Northern Rail (3) frequency: 34 a day

Looking to travel by train to Preston from Manchester? Omio can help you find that perfect journey with First TransPennine Express 3. Check Omio to see current First TransPennine Express 3 train timetables, tickets, travel information and prices for the best deals on the Manchester to Preston train and book First TransPennine Express 3 tickets online quickly and easily. When taking a train from Manchester to Preston, you can expect to travel 27 miles (44 km) one-way with First TransPennine Express 3. If you search for trains between Manchester and Preston in the Omio app, you can check if the First TransPennine Express 3 ticket is a mobile ticket, which makes it easy for you to go paperless when travelling without needing to purchase tickets in person at the train station. Whether you’re looking for the cheapest, fastest or earliest train with First TransPennine Express 3, we do the work for you to get you safely to Preston from Manchester. Book that perfect Manchester to Preston train now with Omio and enjoy a smooth and comfortable journey with First TransPennine Express 3!

Manchester to Preston train information with First TransPennine Express 3:

  • Average Duration: 31 min
  • First TransPennine Express 3 frequency: 7 a day

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%.

Travel Tips: Trains from Manchester to Preston

Travel by train 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
Looking to save money on your journey? Omio customers have found the cheapest train between Manchester and Preston for the next 7 days starting from £4  one way.
The Manchester to Preston train ticket price is on average £9  if you are looking to book your tickets for this route in the next week.
You should expect to travel around 27 miles  between Manchester and Preston by train.
On average the train from Manchester to Preston duration is 34 min  for the 27 miles long journey, but the travel time can vary if you depart on weekends and holidays.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Preston.

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0.6 miles (954 m) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Preston most often arrive at Preston and need to travel around 1.4 miles (2.2 km) from this train station to the city centre.

If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Preston, you can rely on Transpennine Express, Northern Rail or TransPennine Express Service to get you to Preston. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Manchester to Preston journey to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.
Yes, there are 53 direct trains per day from Manchester to Preston. You can look to travel with Transpennine Express  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.
The average number of trains departing Manchester for Preston is 55 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
The first Manchester to Preston train departs at 04: 48   and the last train from Manchester to Preston leaves at 23: 20. Check out the most up-to-date Manchester to Preston train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.
If you book a train ticket from Manchester to Preston within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £9 one way. However, we recommend booking your train in advance to get access to the best prices. Train tickets between Manchester and Preston are generally on sale a few months before the planned departure date.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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 to Preston from Manchester.
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
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
ShoppingShopping
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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
WifiWifi
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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
WifiWifi
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
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)

The Omio App Makes Travel Planning Easy

We’ll get you where you want to go. From live train updates to mobile tickets, our innovative app is the ideal way to plan and keep track of your travel.

ios-badge
android-badge
Hand With Phone
Currency
Language