How to get from Leeds to Manchester

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from Leeds to Manchester

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

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To get from Leeds to Manchester on 17 May we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information from Leeds to Manchester

distanceDistance35 miles (57 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£6 - £8
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £6 • 1 h
fastestFastest modeTrain • £8 • 49 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Northern Rail

Travel 35 miles (57 km) by coach or train to Manchester from Leeds. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 49 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £6. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Megabus or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Leeds to Manchester.

General Information about the journey from Leeds to Manchester

Located only 72 kilometres apart getting between the journey between Leeds to Manchester is most convenient by rail or bus. Trains depart Leeds central station daily from 2:20 a.m. arriving in Manchester Victoria station in little over 1 hour 10 minutes. Intercity bus services operate easy networks by road with hassle free connections and equally quick journey times.

Buses from Leeds to Manchester

Travel from Leeds to Manchester by bus is a quick and cost-effective option. Services leave York Street Leeds each morning beginning 4:50 a.m. with services running at least once per hour throughout the morning with an increased schedule in peak. Services run into the night with a 00:15 p.m. direct service to Manchester Victoria capping off nightly service before commencing again in the morning. Most bus services require a connection at Shudehill Interchange and take no longer than 1 hour 15 minutes. Direct services from Leeds Coach Station usually take around 10-15 minutes longer.

Trains from Leeds to Manchester

The journey from Leeds to Manchester is without doubt simplest by train. Rail services run nearly round the clock with first departures commencing at 2:20 a.m. every morning and running at least one train to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly per hour with upwards of 3 services in peak. The final departure from Leeds station leaves for Manchester Piccadilly at 11.35 p.m. Journey times are quick taking on average around 1 hour 10 minutes. A full timetable is ran Monday to Saturday with a slightly reduced Sunday service.

Travel Tips: Travel from Leeds 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 Leeds to Manchester.

There are 2 ways to travel from Leeds to Manchester including taking a coach or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Leeds to Manchester. Tickets for a coach cost on average £6.

This is compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A coach is generally £2 less than a train for the same journey. A train costs on average £8 from Leeds to Manchester.

The fastest way to get to Manchester from Leeds is by train with an average travel time of 49 min.

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

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 1 h.

Manchester is approximately 35 miles (57 km) away from Leeds.

The average frequency per day from Leeds to Manchester is:

  • Around 25 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Leeds to Manchester 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 Leeds to Manchester:

  • Coaches most often depart from Leeds at Leeds, Kirgate Coach Stop and arrive in Manchester at Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Trains most often depart from Leeds at Leeds Railway Station and arrive in Manchester at Manchester Piccadilly.

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

  • You can travel between Leeds and Manchester by coach with Megabus. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £6 with Megabus from Leeds to Manchester.
  • You can travel between Leeds and Manchester by train with Northern Rail. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £8 with Northern Rail from Leeds to Manchester.

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

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You can take a direct train with Northern Rail or First Transpennine Express with 25 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 Leeds to Manchester.

Many of our customers travelling from Leeds to Manchester don't make Manchester their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Liverpool or Edinburgh, either of which you could add to your Leeds and Manchester trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Manchester to any of these top destinations today!

Before travelling from Leeds 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 £6 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £8 one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Leeds 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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