Reading to Manchester train

Sun, 23 Jun
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Cheap train tickets from Reading to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 23 Jun

Cheapest

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

Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
09:204h30
Reading station (RDG)
13:50Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1071One-way
2 changes
Cheapest
Avanti West Coast
08:584h04
Reading station (RDG)
13:02Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1071One-way
2 changes
Cross Country
09:153h15
Reading station (RDG)
12:30Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1261One-way
0 changes

Train timetableReading to Manchester

Showing trains for tomorrow, Sunday, 23 June
Avanti West Coast
08:584h04
Reading station (RDG)
13:02Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 changes
Cross Country
09:153h15
Reading station (RDG)
12:30Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:204h30
Reading station (RDG)
13:50Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
2 changes

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Train times from Reading to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 23 Jun

Fastest Journey

3 h 15 m

Average

3 h 56 m

Trains per day

3

Distance

241 km

Of the 3 trains that leave Reading for Manchester every day 1 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

Fastest
Cross Country
09:153h15
Reading station (RDG)
12:30Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1261One-way
0 changes
Avanti West Coast
08:584h04
Reading station (RDG)
13:02Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1071One-way
2 changes
Avanti West Coast
09:204h30
Reading station (RDG)
13:50Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1071One-way
2 changes

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Overview: Train from Reading to Manchester

distanceDistance149 miles
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price£115 (€129)
frequencyTrain frequency12 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain companiesCrossCountry or Virgin Trains

Trains from Reading to Manchester cover the 149 miles long route taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like CrossCountry or Virgin Trains. Normally, there are 12 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £47, but the average price of train tickets is £115. Travellers depart most frequently from Reading and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train companies: CrossCountry and Virgin Trains trains Reading to Manchester

CrossCountry and Virgin Trains trains will get you between Reading and Manchester from £47. With over 1000 travel companies on Omio, you can find the best train times and tickets for your trip.

Cross Country trains are a UK-based train operator that provides services across the country including trains to Manchester from Reading. They offer a range of services, from express services to local services, and have a variety of ticket types to suit different needs. Their express services, such as the CrossCountry Voyager and CrossCountry XC Trains, offer a fast and comfortable journey, with onboard facilities such as free Wi-Fi, power sockets, and a selection of snacks and drinks. Their local services, such as the CrossCountry Regional and CrossCountry Regional Express, provide a more leisurely journey, with stops at smaller stations along the way. They also offer a range of ticket types, such as Advance, Anytime, and Off-Peak tickets, to suit different budgets and travel needs. The most popular routes for Cross Country trains include London to Birmingham, Manchester to Edinburgh, and Bristol to Reading.

Reading to Manchester train information with CrossCountry:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 13 min
  • Cheapest Price: £47
  • CrossCountry frequency: 12 a day

FAQs: Reading to Manchester train

FAQs: Travel by train from Reading 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
Cheap train tickets from Reading to Manchester can start from as little as £47 when you book in advance. The average train ticket price for Reading to Manchester is £115; however, prices vary depending on the time of day and class and they tend to be more expensive on the day.
The train time to Manchester from Reading is on average 3 h 13 min   for the 149 mile long journey, but the time it takes to go from Reading to Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or if traveling on weekends and holidays.
The first train from Reading to Manchester leaves at 04: 35. Plan your trip with the Journey Planner   from Omio.
The last train from Reading to Manchester leaves at 20: 15.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Reading to Manchester without having to change trains with CrossCountry. There are 10 direct trains from Reading to Manchester each day. There may be fewer direct services available on weekends or holidays.
For the journey from Reading to Manchester you can take a train with CrossCountry or Virgin Trains. Be sure to check out all possible train providers that offer services between Reading and Manchester on Omio to compare what amenities they may have.
No, there are no night trains, the latest train for this route is 20: 15.

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

Passengers board the train most frequently from Reading, which is located around 0.2 miles (417 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0.5 miles (767 m) away from the city centre.

A trip to Manchester from Reading is worth doing but not as a day trip with a journey time of 3 h 13 min each way. Check with Omio app   the best way to travel.
The cheapest month to travel from Reading to Manchester by train is May.
It's helpful to compare your options as there are 3 ways to travel from Reading to Manchester including taking a train, coach or flight.

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