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Train Information to Manchester from Watford

distanceDistance148 miles (238 km)
durationAverage train duration2 h 47 min
priceAverage train ticket price£57 (€64)
frequencyTrain frequency11 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 11 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersAvanti West Coast

Trains from Watford to Manchester cover the 148 miles (238 km) long trip taking on average 2 h 47 min with our travel partners like Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 11 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this trip costs around £57, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as £40. Travellers depart most frequently from Watford Junction and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Trains from Watford to Manchester

Rail journeys between Watford and Manchester are simple and fast. There are very frequent rail departures every day of the week, including weekends. Departures are as frequent as every quarter of an hour at peak times, with half hourly departures throughout the remainder of the day, including at weekends. Journey times vary from about two hours, for direct trains, to just under three hours on indirect services.


Which train companies travel from Watford to Manchester?

Two rail companies operate services between Watford and Manchester. Virgin Trains operates the only direct service between these two cities, on a daily basis. Virgin also offers indirect services requiring one change. CrossCountry also offers services between Watford and Manchester, with one change required.


How long is the train from Watford to Manchester?

On Virgin Trains' daily direct services, the journey between these two cities takes just under two hours. Most of the services offered by Virgin Trains require a change at Milton Keynes, Crewe or at London Euston. These indirect journeys take about two and a half hours. CrossCountry's indirect services require a change at Birmingham International and take about two and three quarter hours to complete.


How many trains are there from Watford to Manchester?

On weekdays, more than 50 trains leave Watford for Manchester. There's a departure about every half hour, with more at peak morning times. The first train leaves very early in the morning and the last late in the evening. There is, however, generally only one direct service each day. At weekends more than 40 trains depart Watford for Manchester, from early morning until late evening.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Watford to Manchester?

Departure train station: Watford Junction Station, adjacent to the town centre, is the departure point for services to Manchester.  There are numerous bus services arriving at the station, with toilets, cafes, shops, cash machines and waiting rooms all available.

Arrival train station: Manchester Piccadilly in Manchester city centre is the arrival point for services from Watford. This modern station has cafes, shops, public wi-fi, toilets and waiting rooms available with buses and trams stopping at the station.

Travel Tips

Trains from Watford 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 Watford to Manchester.
How much do cheap trains from Watford to Manchester cost?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains between Watford and Manchester to cost as little as £40  in the next 7 days.
What is the average cost of a train from Watford to Manchester?
The Watford to Manchester train ticket price is on average £57  if you are looking to buy your tickets for this route in the next week.
How far is it from Watford to Manchester by train?
The Watford to Manchester train distance is approximately 148 miles (238 km).
What is the average Watford to Manchester train duration?
The train time between Watford and Manchester is on average 2 h 47 min  for the 148 miles (238 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go from Watford to Manchester by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Watford and arrival train station in Manchester?

When taking a train from Watford, you have a couple of train stations you can depart from including Watford Junction, Watford High Street and Watford North. When you arrive in Manchester, your train can arrive in train stations including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

Omio customers travelling this route book their trains from Watford Junction   to Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the train station in Watford? Where is the train station in Manchester?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Watford Junction, is located 0.4 miles (709 m) from the city centre of Watford.

The most popular arrival train station, Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0.4 miles (587 m) away from the city centre of Manchester.

Which train companies can take me to Manchester from Watford?
For the best Watford to Manchester train to book, you can travel safely and comfortably with Avanti West Coast. However, it's always good to check all possible train providers with services from Watford to Manchester to compare what amenities they may offer.
How many train services per day are there from Watford to Manchester?
On average, there are 11 trains a day from Watford to Manchester. The train times and services may be different on weekends and holidays compared to weekdays.
How early should I purchase train tickets from Watford to Manchester to score the best deals?
In general, we recommend booking tickets for trains in advance to score the best deals from all possible train providers offering this trip and save money. If you buy train tickets from Watford to Manchester within the next 7 days, you can find tickets to cost on average £57 one way. To find the best prices for this journey, consider booking your train ticket from Watford to Manchester a few months in advance.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Watford Junction is the most popular Watford 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 Watford for your journey to Manchester.