Cheap train tickets from Reading to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 30 May

Cheapest

£97

Average

£179

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.

The average ticket from Reading to Manchester will cost around £ 179 if you buy it on the day, but the cheapest tickets can be found for only £ 97.

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06:15Reading3h08 09:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£971One-way
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07:14Reading3h09 10:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£971One-way
05:08Reading4h00 09:08Manchester Piccadilly
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£2141One-way
06:19Reading3h27 09:46Manchester Piccadilly
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£2141One-way
04:34Reading4h12 08:46Manchester Piccadilly
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£2141One-way

Train schedule Reading to Manchester

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04:34Reading4h12 08:46Manchester Piccadilly
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05:08Reading4h00 09:08Manchester Piccadilly
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06:15Reading3h08 09:23Manchester Piccadilly
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06:19Reading3h27 09:46Manchester Piccadilly
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07:14Reading3h09 10:23Manchester Piccadilly
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07:20Reading3h26 10:46Manchester Piccadilly
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30 May
£97Cross Country
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Tue
31 May
£97Cross Country
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Wed
1 Jun
£97Cross Country
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Thu
2 Jun
£49Avanti West Coast
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Fri
3 Jun
£49Avanti West Coast
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Sat
4 Jun
£41Cross Country
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Sun
5 Jun
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Mon
6 Jun
£55Avanti West Coast
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Tue
7 Jun
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Wed
8 Jun
£58Avanti West Coast
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£45British Airways
Fri
10 Jun
£57Avanti West Coast
£14Megabus
£71British Airways
Sat
11 Jun
£41Cross Country
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Sun
12 Jun
£60Avanti West Coast
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Mon
13 Jun
£55Avanti West Coast
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Tue
14 Jun
£96Cross Country
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Wed
15 Jun
£97Cross Country
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Fri
17 Jun
£49Avanti West Coast
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Sat
18 Jun
£41Cross Country
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Fastest train times from Reading to Manchester

Showing times and prices for 30 May

Fastest Journey

3 h 8 m

Average

3 h 33 m

Trains per day

6

Distance

241 km

Of the 6 trains that leave Reading for Manchester every day 2 travel direct so it’s quite easy to avoid journeys where you’ll have to change along the way.

These direct trains cover the 241 km distance in an average of 3 h 33 m but if you time it right, some trains will get you there in just 3 h 8 m .

The slowest trains will take 4 h 12 m and usually involve a change or two along the way, but you might be able to save a few pennies if you’re on a budget.

Fastest
06:15Reading3h08 09:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£971One-way
07:14Reading3h09 10:23Manchester Piccadilly
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£971One-way
07:20Reading3h26 10:46Manchester Piccadilly
2 changes
£2401One-way
06:19Reading3h27 09:46Manchester Piccadilly
2 changes
£2141One-way
05:08Reading4h00 09:08Manchester Piccadilly
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£2141One-way

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Overview: Train from Reading to Manchester

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 8 min
priceAverage train ticket price£74 (€83)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersCross Country or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Reading to Manchester cover the 149 miles (240 km) long route taking on average 3 h 8 min with our travel partners like Cross Country or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. You can get the cheapest train tickets for this trip for as low as £41, but the average price of train tickets is £74. Travellers depart most frequently from Reading and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Train providers: CrossCountry trains Reading to Manchester

Travel to Manchester from Reading from £41 with Omio’s train partners CrossCountry! You can find the best timetables and tickets when comparing and booking the most affordable route for you.

CrossCountry

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

Find the perfect CrossCountry train from Reading to Manchester for a smooth and relaxing journey. Omio makes it convenient for you to check the latest CrossCountry train timetables and compare the cheapest, fastest or earliest train from Reading to Manchester. You can also check relevant travel information for the CrossCountry train, such as baggage allowance and amenities offered onboard, depending on the class fare you choose. Once you find the ideal route, book your cheap CrossCountry train tickets online. You can expect to travel around 149 miles (240 km) on this journey and your CrossCountry Reading to Manchester train ticket can cost as little as £41 one-way if you book in advance. When you search for CrossCountry tickets from Reading to Manchester in the Omio app, you can quickly see if they are mobile tickets so that you can travel paperless. Buy your official CrossCountry train tickets online quickly and easily on Omio and enjoy the travel experience!

CrossCountry from Reading to Manchester train information:

  • Average Duration: 3 h 46 min
  • Average Price: £41
  • CrossCountry frequency: 10 a day

These are CrossCountry 's ticket policies for COVID-19 for the train from Reading to Manchester:

  • 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 price of the cheapest train to Manchester from Reading?

If you’re looking to save money on tickets, you can find a cheap train between Reading and Manchester for as little as £41  in the next 7 days.

What is the average cost of a train from Reading to Manchester?

If you’re looking to purchase your train tickets in the next week, you can expect the Reading to Manchester train price to come in at an average of £74  one way.

How far is it from Reading to Manchester by train?

The Reading to Manchester train distance is approximately 149 miles (240 km).

What is the average Reading to Manchester train duration?

The train time between Reading and Manchester is on average 3 h 8 min  for the 149 miles (240 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Reading to Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.

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

There are a few train stations in Reading to start your trip from including Reading, Reading West and Reading. In Manchester you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Reading   and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the Reading train station located? Where is the Manchester train station located?

Passengers board the train most frequently from Reading, which is located around 0.2 miles (420 m) away from the city centre, and they get off the train at Manchester Piccadilly, located 0.7 miles (1.2 km) away from the city centre.

What train companies offer a service from Reading to Manchester?

If you're looking for trains from Reading to Manchester, you can rely on Cross Country or Avanti West Coast to get you to Manchester. It's also good to check out all possible train providers for the Reading to Manchester route to see if there might be differences in the amenities they offer.

How many trains per day are there between Reading and Manchester?

The average number of trains departing Reading for Manchester is 10 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.

When does the first train depart from Reading to Manchester? When does the last train depart from Reading to Manchester?

The first Reading to Manchester train departs at 05: 15   and the last train from Reading to Manchester leaves at 20: 15. Check out the most up-to-date Reading to Manchester train timetable on Omio and find the best time to travel to your destination.

How far in advance should I buy a train ticket from Reading to Manchester to get the best deals?

You can find a train to Manchester from Reading to cost on average £74 one way if you book within the next 7 days. But we recommend buying train tickets in advance to score the best deals and save money on your trip. You’ll see tickets for the Reading to Manchester train generally on sale a few months before the planned travel date.

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.