How to get from Bristol to Manchester

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from Bristol to Manchester

You can get from Bristol to Manchester by train, bus or flight.

Our recommendation

To get from Bristol to Manchester on 30 May we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:45Bristol, City Centre3h40 12:25Manchester
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10:25Bristol4h15 14:40Manchester
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16:00Bristol, City Centre4h05 20:05Manchester, Airport
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10:25Bristol3h40 14:05Manchester, Airport
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10:10Bristol, City Centre4h30 14:40Manchester
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Travel Information between Bristol and Manchester

distanceDistance140 miles (226 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£18 - £104
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £18 • 3 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £104 • 3 h 17 min
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus or Cross Country

Take a coach or train to travel 140 miles (226 km) to Manchester from Bristol. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 17 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £18. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Flixbus or Cross Country among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Bristol to Manchester.

Travel Tips: Travel from Bristol to Manchester

Travel 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 Bristol to Manchester.

You can travel to Manchester from Bristol 2 different ways: coach or train.

The cheapest way from Bristol to Manchester is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £18 compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A coach is about £87 less than a train, which costs on average £104 for this route.

The fastest way from Bristol to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 3 h 17 min.

Other travel options to Manchester from Bristol can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 3 h 40 min   of travel time.

The distance from Bristol to Manchester is approximately 140 miles (226 km).

The average frequency per day from Bristol to Manchester is:

  • Around 12 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Manchester from Bristol as scheduled services by coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Bristol to Manchester:

  • Coaches mostly leave from Bristol, City Centre and tend to arrive in Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Trains most often depart from Bristol at Bristol Temple Meads and arrive in Manchester at Manchester Piccadilly.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Bristol to Manchester, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Flixbus can get you to Manchester by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with Flixbus from Bristol to Manchester for £18 on Omio.
  • Travel with Cross Country for trains to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Cross Country Bristol to Manchester tickets on Omio for £104.

Yes, there are direct services available from Bristol to Manchester with the following travel operators:

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with Megabus.
  • You can take a direct train with with 12 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Manchester as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Bristol to Manchester.

Omio customers who travel from Bristol to Manchester often also extend their holiday to go to London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Manchester and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before travelling from Bristol to Manchester, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket is £18 one way on average for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket is £104 one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Bristol to Manchester tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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