How to get from Glasgow to Manchester

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from Glasgow to Manchester

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

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To get from Glasgow to Manchester on 29 May we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:20Glasgow, Buchanan4h30 12:50Manchester
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£131One-way
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11:00Glasgow, Buchanan5h00 16:00Manchester
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08:20Glasgow, Buchanan5h00 13:20Manchester, Airport
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22:30Glasgow, Buchanan4h00 02:30Manchester
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£151One-way
11:00Glasgow, Buchanan5h30 16:30Manchester, Airport
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£191One-way

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Travel Information to Manchester from Glasgow

distanceDistance183 miles (295 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£11 - £459
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £11 • 4 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £69 • 3 h 2 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast

Take a coach, flight or train to travel 183 miles (295 km) from Glasgow to Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 3 h 2 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 trip are Megabus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast 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.

Travel Tips: Travel from Glasgow to Manchester

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FAQs

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

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 £448 less than a flight, which costs on average £459 for this route.

A coach journey is usually £58 less than a journey to Manchester by train, which costs on average £69 for the same trip.

The fastest way to get to Manchester from Glasgow is by train with an average travel time of 3 h 2 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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The Glasgow to Manchester distance is approximately 183 miles (295 km).

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Manchester is:

  • Around 10 trains per day.

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

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, Coach Station.
  • Most travellers take a flight from Glasgow International Airport to Manchester Airport.
  • Most travellers take a train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly.

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

  • Travel with Megabus for coaches to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Glasgow to Manchester tickets on Omio for £11.
  • British Airways can take you to Manchester by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for British Airways from Glasgow to Manchester for £459.
  • Avanti West Coast can take you to Manchester by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Avanti West Coast from Glasgow to Manchester for £69.

Yes, there are direct services available between Glasgow and Manchester with the following travel operators:

  • You can travel directly by coach with National Express or Megabus with direct coaches per day.
  • You'll find 10 direct trains per day with.

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 Glasgow to Manchester.

Your journey from Glasgow 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 Glasgow to Manchester trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Manchester today!

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £11 one way for this trip.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this route is on average £459 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is on average £69 one way.

But we recommend booking Glasgow 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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