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from Glasgow to Manchester

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Travel Information between Glasgow and Manchester

distanceDistance183 miles (295 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£11 - £315
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £11 • 4 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £42 • 3 h 17 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or First Transpennine Express

Travel 183 miles (295 km) by coach, flight or train to Manchester from Glasgow. 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 £11. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Megabus, British Airways or First Transpennine Express among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Glasgow to Manchester.

General Information about the journey from Glasgow to Manchester

The route between the Scottish city of Glasgow and the city of Manchester in England is 347 kilometres. Taking a train is the fasted way to travel, as most flights involve a lengthy stopover. Expect the train journey to take between three and four hours from Glasgow Central Station to Manchester Piccadilly. Buses between Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station and Manchester Central take between 4.30 and 5 hours.

Buses from Glasgow to Manchester

National Express operates the bus service, offering five services each day. The first bus leaves Glasgow at 08.15 a.m., with the last service departing at 22.45 p.m. All coaches are air conditioned, with toilets, mobile charging points and leather reclining seats. Services between these two destinations are direct.

Trains from Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly

The average journey time for this route, which is operated by both Virgin Trains and First TransPennine Express, is around three hours. The first train leaves Glasgow Central at 5.35 a.m. and the last train leaves at 00.12 a.m. There is no sleeper service. Virgin Trains provide charging points, boosted phone signal, priority seating for disabled or elderly travellers and quiet zones. The onboard Virgin shop offers snacks, drinks, newspapers and magazines. All services, regardless of the provider, involve one change of train. On weekdays, expect to choose from 84 trains daily, although there are less on weekends and public holidays.

Flights from Glasgow Airport to Manchester

Flybe operates regular daily flights between these two destinations. The two non stop flights each day take about 4.45 hours - expect to take at least double that time for a flight with a stopover.

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FAQs
What are my Glasgow to Manchester travel options?

There are 3 ways that you can travel between Glasgow and Manchester. You can take a coach, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to travel to Manchester from Glasgow?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Glasgow to Manchester, which costs on average £11.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A coach is about £304 less than a flight, which costs on average £315 for this route.

A coach journey is usually £31 less than a journey to Manchester by train, which costs on average £42 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to get to Manchester from Glasgow?

The fastest way to get to Manchester from Glasgow is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 17 min.

There are alternative travel options to Manchester that can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 4 h.

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What is the distance from Glasgow to Manchester?

The Glasgow to Manchester distance is approximately 183 miles (295 km).

How many services a day are there from Glasgow to Manchester?

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Manchester is:

  • 10 trains a day.

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

Where do I depart from Glasgow? Where do I arrive in Manchester?

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

  • Most travellers board their coach from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers catch their flight from Glasgow International Airport and arrive in Manchester Airport.
  • Most travellers catch their train from Glasgow Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Glasgow to Manchester?

Omio works with many trusted partners that can help you travel the best way from Glasgow to Manchester:

  • You can take a coach from Glasgow to Manchester with Megabus. Cheap tickets can be found for £11 with Megabus from Glasgow to Manchester.
  • You can travel by plane from Glasgow to Manchester with British Airways, and you can find British Airways Glasgow to Manchester tickets for £315 on Omio.
  • You can travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train with First Transpennine Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £42 with First Transpennine Express from Glasgow to Manchester.
Is there a way to travel directly from Glasgow to Manchester?

Yes, there are direct routes from Glasgow to Manchester with the following travel companies:

  • You'll find direct coach services to Manchester with National Express or Megabus with around direct coaches every day.
  • You can find 10 direct trains per day to Manchester with.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to Manchester tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you book tickets for this trip.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Manchester from Glasgow?
Looking to extend your trip from Glasgow to Manchester? Many Omio customers who go from Glasgow to Manchester usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. If you're looking to explore London, Liverpool or Edinburgh from Manchester, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.
How far in advance should I buy my Glasgow to Manchester ticket online to get the best deals?

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

  • Coach tickets cost £11 one way on average.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £315 one way.
  • Train tickets are costing on average £42 one way.

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