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from Chester to Manchester

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Travel Information to Manchester from Chester

distanceDistance33 miles (54 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£8 - £8
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £8 • 1 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £8 • 56 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail

Take a coach or train to travel 33 miles (54 km) from Chester to Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 56 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £8. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Chester to Manchester.

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Travelling from Chester to Manchester

The 64 km journey from Chester to Manchester can be accomplished relatively easily by bus or train. The railway is the quickest option - specifically the Arriva Trains Wales direct service, which is faster than its Northern Rail alternative. It's also the most flexible choice, with plenty of departures from Chester railway station throughout the day and services stopping at both of Manchester's major train termini. That said, the coach service from Hunter Street bus exchange to Manchester Coach Station is also quick and convenient; it can take as little as half an hour longer than the train, although the choice of departure times is much more limited.

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Must Know: Manchester is one of the more popular cities in the country and has officially gained the title of the second city of the UK.
Must See: John Rylands Library, which opened in 1900, is a stunning gothic style building and one of the most impressive places in the city.
Must Do: Known for its music scene, there’s always live shows around the city, a must do while visiting.
Did you know? There are more than 70 restaurants on the famous ‘curry mile’.

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Travelling from Chester to Manchester


Rail users can travel from Chester railway station to Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road. From early morning until late evening there are around 4 trains an hour, mostly direct, with 1 or 2 trains requiring passengers to change. The direct service from Chester to Manchester provided by Arriva Trains Wales generally completes the journey in under an hour, while all Northern Rail services take about half an hour longer.


Buses from Chester to Manchester leave from the bus exchange on Hunter Street, located between St Martin's Street and Chester Cathedral. They terminate at Manchester Coach Station on Chortle Street, just a short walk from Piccadilly Gardens. The service is operated by National Express. There are 3 direct departures a day, from early morning until late afternoon. Journeys generally last 1 ½ to 2 hours. In addition, there are usually several departures - one in the early morning and two late in the evening - requiring a change, and these take 3 to 3 ½ hours.

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Travel from Chester 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 Chester to Manchester.
What are my travel options from Chester to Manchester?

There are 2 ways to get from Chester to Manchester: coach or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Chester to Manchester?

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Chester to Manchester. Tickets for a coach cost on average £8.

This is compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A coach is £1 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from Chester to Manchester costing on average £8.

What is the quickest way from Chester to Manchester?

The fastest way from Chester to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 56 min.

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

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 1 h 25 min   of travel time.

How far is it from Chester to Manchester?

The Chester to Manchester distance is approximately 33 miles (54 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from Chester to Manchester?

The average frequency per day from Chester to Manchester is:

  • Around 16 trains per day.

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

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from Chester to Manchester?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Chester to Manchester:

  • Most travellers who purchase a coach ticket from Chester to Manchester depart from Chester, Gorse Stacks (Bus Interchange) to Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers board their train from Chester and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
Who can get me from Chester to Manchester?

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

  • National Express can take you to Manchester by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for National Express from Chester to Manchester for £8.
  • Travel with Northern Rail for trains to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Northern Rail Chester to Manchester tickets on Omio for £8.
What is another destination I should add to my tour from Chester to Manchester?
Your journey from Chester to Manchester doesn't have to end in Manchester. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. If you’d like to add London, Liverpool or Edinburgh to your Chester to Manchester trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Manchester today!
When should I book a ticket between Chester and Manchester online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip between Chester and Manchester, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets are costing £8 one way on average.
  • Train tickets are costing £8 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Chester and Manchester online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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