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Train Information from Reading to Manchester

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 10 min
priceAverage train ticket price£79 (€89)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 12 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Reading to Manchester cover the 149 miles (240 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 10 min with our travel partners like Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £79, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £69. Travellers depart most frequently from Reading and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies

CrossCountry Reading – Manchester

You can travel by train between Reading and Manchester with CrossCountry for as low as £69. When you search for timetables and tickets, Omio will show you the best trip.

CrossCountry

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

One of the best ways to travel from Reading to Manchester is by taking a train with CrossCountry. Omio helps you find the ideal CrossCountry train between Reading and Manchester by showing you CrossCountry’s current train timetables, the train tickets on offer (including amenities offered onboard and travel information like luggage policy) and the best prices for this Reading to Manchester journey. You can expect to travel 149 miles (240 km) from Reading to Manchester on a train with CrossCountry. If you are using the Omio app to search for trains between Reading and Manchester, you can check straight away if the CrossCountry 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. Once you’ve found that perfect train, book your CrossCountry train ticket on Omio quickly and easily, then enjoy your upcoming trip between Reading and Manchester!

Reading to Manchester train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 38 min
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

Please follow the recommendations outlined by CrossCountry when booking your train tickets from Reading to Manchester due to the coronavirus:

  • 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

Travel Tips

Trains from Reading to Manchester
Travel by train to Manchester 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 Reading to Manchester.
FAQs
What is the cost of cheap trains from Reading to Manchester?
Omio customers have found cheap train tickets between Reading and Manchester for as low as £69  for the next 7 days.
How much does the train from Reading to Manchester cost on average?
If you’re looking to buy your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Reading to Manchester train price to come in at an average of £79  one way.
What is the distance by train from Reading to Manchester?
The train distance from Reading to Manchester is around 149 miles (240 km).
How long is the train journey to Manchester from Reading?
The Reading to Manchester train duration is on average 3 h 10 min, which is to be expected when travelling 149 miles (240 km) from Reading to Manchester. However, the time it takes can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and bank holidays.
What is the departure train station in Reading and arrival train station in Manchester?

When departing from Reading, you have various train station options to start your route from including Reading, Reading West and Reading. When arriving in Manchester, you can end your journey in train stations like Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

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

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

You can find the most popular departure train station for this trip, Reading, located approximately 0.2 miles (268 m) from the city centre of Reading. The most popular arrival train station in Manchester, called Manchester Piccadilly, is located around 0.4 miles (587 m) away from its city centre.

What train companies offer a service from Reading to Manchester?
When taking a train from Reading to Manchester, you can count on Cross Country or Avanti West Coast for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train providers who offer a service to Manchester from Reading and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many train services per day are there to Manchester from Reading?
On average, there are 12 trains a day from Reading to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How far in advance should I book a train ticket between Reading and Manchester to get 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 between Reading and Manchester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £79 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Reading to Manchester a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Reading
Manchester
Reading is the most popular Reading 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 Reading for your journey to Manchester.