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from Glasgow to Manchester

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

Our recommendation

To get from Glasgow to Manchester on 23 Sep we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

07:00Glasgow, Buchanan4h00 11:00Manchester
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£131One-way
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07:00Glasgow, Buchanan4h00 11:00Manchester
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£131One-way
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11:00Glasgow, Buchanan5h00 16:00Manchester
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£131One-way
07:00Glasgow, Buchanan4h30 11:30Manchester, Airport
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£191One-way
22:45Glasgow, Buchanan4h00 02:45Manchester
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£131One-way

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Wed
22 Sep
£70Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Thu
23 Sep
£70Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Fri
24 Sep
£199Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Sat
25 Sep
£200Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Sun
26 Sep
£47Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Mon
27 Sep
£47Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Tue
28 Sep
£40Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Wed
29 Sep
£40Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Thu
30 Sep
£40Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Fri
1 Oct
£47Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Sat
2 Oct
£26Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Sun
3 Oct
£45First Transpennine Express
£12Megabus
Mon
4 Oct
£40Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Tue
5 Oct
£26Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Wed
6 Oct
£26Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Thu
7 Oct
£26Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Fri
8 Oct
£47Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Sat
9 Oct
£40Avanti West Coast
£11Megabus
Sun
10 Oct
£31Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Mon
11 Oct
£47Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus
Tue
12 Oct
£40Avanti West Coast
£12Megabus

Travel Information between Glasgow and Manchester

distanceDistance183 miles (295 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£12 - £320
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £12 • 4 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £43 • 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 £12. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip 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.

Travel Tips

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FAQs
What are my Glasgow to Manchester travel options?

There are 3 ways to travel between Glasgow and Manchester including taking 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 £12.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A coach is £309 less than a flight for this journey with tickets for a flight from Glasgow to Manchester costing on average £320.

A coach is £31 less than a train for this journey with tickets for a train from Glasgow to Manchester costing on average £43.

What is the fastest way from Glasgow to Manchester?

The quickest way to travel between Glasgow and Manchester is by train, which takes on average 3 h 17 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 4 h   of travel time.

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How many miles from Glasgow to Manchester would I travel?

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

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

The average frequency per day from Glasgow to Manchester is:

  • Around 10 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from Glasgow to Manchester?

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

  • Most travellers take a coach from Glasgow, Buchanan Bus Station to Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers board their plane from Glasgow International Airport and arrive in Manchester Airport.
  • Most travellers take a train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly.
Who can get me from Glasgow to Manchester?

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

  • You can go to Manchester from Glasgow by coach with Megabus. You'll see cheap coach tickets for £12 with Megabus from Glasgow to Manchester on Omio.
  • You can take a flight from Glasgow to Manchester with British Airways. Cheap tickets can be found for £320 with British Airways from Glasgow to Manchester.
  • You can go to Manchester from Glasgow by train with First Transpennine Express. You'll see cheap train tickets for £43 with First Transpennine Express from Glasgow to Manchester on Omio.
Is there a direct service 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 take 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.

Where should I go next after I travel 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!
How early should I buy tickets to Manchester from Glasgow online for the best deals?

Before travelling from Glasgow 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 £12 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this journey is on average £320 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket for this journey is £43 one way on average.

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.

Stations

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Glasgow
Manchester
Glasgow Central
Amenities
Refreshments
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the train station and what is the best way to get there?
This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.<br>Metro lines Argyle