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Overview: Train from Manchester to Preston

distanceDistance27 miles (44 km)
durationAverage train duration32 min
priceAverage train ticket price£6 (€7)
frequencyTrain frequency51 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 51 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersNorthern Rail or First Transpennine Express

Trains from Manchester to Preston cover the 27 miles (44 km) long route taking on average 32 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail or First Transpennine Express. Normally, there are 51 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £5, but the average price of train tickets is £6. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Preston.

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.

How much do cheap trains to Preston from Manchester cost?

You can find a cheap train from Manchester to Preston for some dates and times for as low as £5  one way in the next 7 days.

How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Preston?

If you’re looking to purchase tickets for this journey in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Manchester to Preston train prices are on average £6  one way.

What is the distance from Manchester to Preston by train?

You should expect to travel around 27 miles (44 km)  from Manchester to Preston by train.

How many hours does it take from Manchester to Preston by train?

The Manchester to Preston train duration is on average 32 min, which is to be expected when travelling 27 miles (44 km) between Manchester and Preston. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.

When travelling by train from Manchester to Preston, which train station in Manchester do I depart from and which train station in Preston do I arrive in?

Omio customers book a train from Manchester Piccadilly   to Preston   most frequently for this route.

Where is the departure train station in Manchester located? Where is the arrival train station in Preston located?

You can find the most popular departure train station for this route, Manchester Piccadilly, located approximately 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city centre of Manchester. The most popular arrival train station in Preston, called Preston, is located around 0.9 miles (1.4 km) away from its city centre.

What train companies go from Manchester to Preston?

If you're looking for trains from Manchester to Preston, you can rely on Northern Rail or First Transpennine Express to get you to Preston. It's also good to check out all possible train companies for the Manchester to Preston route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

Is there a direct train to Preston from Manchester?

Yes, there are 51 direct trains per day from Manchester to Preston with Northern Rail or First Transpennine Express, and you won’t need to change in between. Direct train services tend to offer more convenience and save you time when travelling to your destination, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase your train ticket.

How many train services are there from Manchester to Preston a day?

On average, there are 51 trains a day from Manchester to Preston. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.

What time is the earliest train from Manchester to Preston? What time is the last train from Manchester to Preston?

The first train from Manchester to Preston leaves at 08: 06   and the last train for this leaves at 10: 07. Omio shows you the latest train from Manchester to Preston schedule to help you book the best departure time for this trip.

How far in advance should I buy a train ticket between Manchester and Preston to get the best deals?

If you purchase Manchester to Preston train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average £6. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains from Manchester to Preston. Look out for train tickets for this journey to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
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