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Train Information between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent

distanceDistance33 miles (53 km)
durationAverage train duration52 min
priceAverage train ticket price£5 (€6)
frequencyTrain frequency50 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 50 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesNorthern Rail, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country

Trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent cover the 33 miles (53 km) long journey taking on average 52 min with our travel partners like Northern Rail, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country. Normally, there are 50 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around £5, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £4. Travellers depart most frequently from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Stoke-on-Trent.

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CrossCountry trains between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent

Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent from £4 with Omio. Find train times and tickets for over 1000 travel companies to compare and book the most convenient trip.


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

Looking for trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent? CrossCountry is one of the best companies to travel with on the 33 miles (53 km) route between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. As an official travel partner of CrossCountry, Omio quickly shows you the latest CrossCountry train timetables, tickets and offers (such as luggage policy and amenities provided onboard), travel information, and prices so that you can check for ideal departure and arrival times, compare the fastest Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent routes, find the best amenities to make your trip smooth and easy, and buy the most affordable CrossCountry train tickets that fit your budget. If you use the Omio app to search for trains between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, you can quickly see if the CrossCountry ticket is a mobile ticket, making it easy for you to go paperless when taking a train. Once you’re ready, book your Manchester - Stoke-on-Trent train now on Omio quickly and easily and enjoy your upcoming trip with CrossCountry!

CrossCountry 's current ticket policies due to COVID-19 for your train from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent are the following:

  • 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 Stoke-on-Trent

There are plenty of regular and direct trains available between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent daily. Three operators service the route with up to five trains running an hour, making it quick and easy to travel between these two bustling commuter cities in less than an hour.

Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent Train Time: Daily Departures

With as many as five direct trains operating every hour, passengers will find plenty of available services from around 6:00 a.m. in the morning, through to 10:00 p.m. at night on weekdays, plus regular services at weekends too.

How long is the journey by train from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?

The train journey between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent can take as little as 35 minutes. Services are direct and depart from Manchester Piccadilly. This journey is well-served, fast and efficient, with trains available around every 15 minutes, particularly during peak travel times and on weekends.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?

Manchester Piccadilly: located in the heart of Manchester City Centre, Manchester Piccadilly train station houses the Metro stop and links with local buses and taxis for an easy transfer. It offers plenty of shops, accessible toilets, lifts, trolleys, food outlets and ATMs. There are large central digital information screens and comprehensive ticketing facilities inside the station. With fourteen platforms, it pays to allow a little time to traverse the station, which is particularly large and busy.

Stoke-on-Trent: This 24-hour station links with other public transport services and is located in the city centre. You'll find full facilities, including accessible toilets, coffee kiosks, newsagents, phones, ATMs and trolleys. There are also digital information desks, self-service ticket machines and an indoor waiting area.

Which train companies travel from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?

Trains between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent are run by Cross Country, Virgin and Northern Rail, all of which typically run at least one service every hour, with similarly rapid and direct services. Northern Rail runs both the earliest and latest services of the day, beginning from around 6:00 a.m. and finishing after 10:00 p.m.

Cross Country: Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent

Typically running two services per hour, Cross Country trains are fast and direct between the two cities. Services usually offer onboard refreshments, WiFi, digital charging points and a First-Class carriage.

Virgin Trains: Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent

Virgin Trains runs two services an hour throughout the day on this route, and again, the services are direct. Virgin runs the fastest service at just 34 minutes and the trains themselves tend to be modern and with excellent onboard facilities.

Northern Rail: Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent

Northern Rail operates around one service per hour on this route. Its trains are fast and direct and can offer the lowest fares, particularly for advance bookings. Look out for WiFi onboard, refreshments, luggage racks and charging points.

Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent Trains: Services on Board

For each of the services between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, passengers will find both first and second-class carriages, as well as luggage racks. Well-behaved pets are welcome if kept off seats. Bikes can be taken on board, but it is wise to book a bike rack place in advance when you book your seat, as these are limited. Disabled travellers will find ramps, accessible carriages, wheelchair-friendly seating areas and extra support from train staff.

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?

To get the cheapest tickets for trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent, it pays to book in advance and to be flexible with travel dates. Looking at slower journeys or those with changeovers and travel at off-peak times usually offers cheaper tickets. Use mobile ticketing for ease and as an environmentally-friendly option, too.

Travel Tips

Trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent
Travel by train to Stoke-on-Trent 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 Stoke-on-Trent.
How much do cheap train tickets from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent to cost as little as £4  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?
If you’re looking to book tickets for this route in the next 7 days, you’ll find that Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent train prices are on average £5  one way.
How far is it from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent by train?
The train distance from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent is around 33 miles (53 km).
How long does it take from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent by train?
The train time from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent is on average 52 min  for the 33 miles (53 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Stoke-on-Trent from Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Manchester and arrival train station in Stoke-on-Trent?

When taking the train between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, you can choose to depart from train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road. Your route can end in train stations such as Stoke-on-Trent and Stoke-on-Trent, Centre Bus Station.

Omio customers who travel this route most frequently depart from Manchester Piccadilly   and arrive in Stoke-on-Trent.

Where do I find the Manchester train station to Stoke-on-Trent? Where is the Stoke-on-Trent train station?

Passengers booking this journey most frequently board their trains from Manchester Piccadilly and need to travel around 0.4 miles (587 m) from the city centre to get to this train station.

Passengers arriving in Stoke-on-Trent most often arrive at Stoke-on-Trent and need to travel around 0.3 miles (525 m) from this train station to the city centre.

Which train providers can take me from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?
For the best Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent train to buy, you can travel safely and comfortably with Northern Rail, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country. However, it's always good to check all possible train companies with services to Stoke-on-Trent from Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.
Are there any direct trains between Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent?
Yes, there are 50 direct trains to Stoke-on-Trent from Manchester per day with Northern Rail, Avanti West Coast or Cross Country  on Omio. This is worth paying attention to when you book your train ticket as direct services tend to offer more convenience and help save you time travelling to your destination.
How many trains per day are there to Stoke-on-Trent from Manchester?
On average, there are 50 trains a day from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
When should I buy Manchester Stoke-on-Trent train tickets to score the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train companies offering this route and save money. If you buy train tickets from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £5 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

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 Stoke-on-Trent.
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