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from Liverpool to Manchester

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

Our recommendation

To get from Liverpool to Manchester on 3 Dec we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:55Liverpool Lime Street1h06 10:01Deansgate
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£31One-way
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08:55Liverpool Lime Street1h06 10:01Deansgate
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08:16Liverpool Lime Street0h50 09:06Manchester Oxford Road
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£61One-way
08:19Liverpool Lime Street1h13 09:32Deansgate
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£31One-way
08:27Liverpool Lime Street0h56 09:23Deansgate
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£61One-way

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Thu
2 Dec
£4Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Fri
3 Dec
£3Northern Rail
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4 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Sun
5 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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6 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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7 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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8 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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9 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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10 Dec
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£4Megabus
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11 Dec
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£4Megabus
Sun
12 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Mon
13 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Tue
14 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Wed
15 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Thu
16 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Fri
17 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Sat
18 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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19 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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20 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
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21 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus
Wed
22 Dec
£3Northern Rail
£4Megabus

Travel Information to Manchester from Liverpool

distanceDistance30 miles (49 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£3 - £4
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £3 • 37 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £3 • 37 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Northern Rail

Take a coach or train to travel 30 miles (49 km) to Manchester from Liverpool. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 37 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £3. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Megabus or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Liverpool to Manchester.

General Information About the Journey from Liverpool to Manchester

Liverpool and Manchester are two of North England's most visited cities. Less than 55 kilometres apart, the most convenient methods of travel between these two cities are train or bus. The quickest is to travel by train, with direct journeys from Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria taking around half an hour, while buses generally take just under an hour.

Return journeys from Manchester to Liverpool are also available.

Buses from Liverpool to Manchester

Buses to Manchester depart from Liverpool Coach Station on Norton Street and arrive at Manchester's Central Coach Station on Chorlton Street. Bus services are primarily provided by National Express and Megabus. Shuttle buses by Terravision also operate between Liverpool's Lennon Airport and Manchester's city centre. Buses depart Liverpool's main bus station up to four times an hour during busy periods, and services are less frequent during the early hours of the morning. Buses from Liverpool can depart from several locations, typically Liverpool Lime Street or Liverpool Coach Station. Services are direct to Manchester with journeys taking between 55 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes depending on route.

Trains from Liverpool to Manchester

Journeys by train take as little as 33 minutes on selected routes. Direct rail services to Manchester from Liverpool depart from Liverpool Lime Street and can arrive at two principle stations: Oxford Road and Victoria. You can also get indirect services to Manchester Piccadilly and other local stations. Services are provided by a number of rail companies including First Transpennine Express and Northern Rail who offer the most frequent services. Departures are available up to 8 times an hour during busy travel periods, though services are less frequent during the early hours of the morning.

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FAQs
How do you get from Liverpool to Manchester?

There are 2 ways that you can travel from Liverpool to Manchester. You can take a coach or train.

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

Train services offer the cheapest way to get from Liverpool to Manchester. Tickets for a train cost on average £3.

This is compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A train is generally £1 less than a coach for the same route. A coach costs on average £4 from Liverpool to Manchester.

What is the fastest way from Liverpool to Manchester?

The fastest way to get to Manchester from Liverpool is by train with an average travel time of 37 min.

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

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

How many miles are between Liverpool and Manchester

The distance from Liverpool to Manchester is approximately 30 miles (49 km).

What are the departure and arrival points in Liverpool and in Manchester?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Liverpool to Manchester:

  • Coaches mostly depart from Liverpool, Liverpool One and arrive in Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Trains most often depart from Liverpool at Liverpool Lime Street and arrive in Manchester at Manchester Piccadilly.
Who can get me from Liverpool to Manchester?

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Liverpool 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 Liverpool to Manchester tickets on Omio for £4.
  • Travel with Northern Rail for trains to Manchester. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Northern Rail Liverpool to Manchester tickets on Omio for £3.
Is it possible to travel directly between Liverpool and Manchester?

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

  • You'll find direct coach services to Manchester with National Express or Megabus.
  • You can find a direct train to Manchester with Northern Rail or First Transpennine Express.

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 route.

Where should I go next after I travel to Manchester from Liverpool?
Omio customers who travel from Liverpool to Manchester often also extend their holiday to go to London, Edinburgh or Glasgow. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Manchester and these popular destinations at a great price.
How early should I purchase Liverpool to Manchester tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • The price of a coach ticket is £4 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket for this trip is £3 one way on average.

But we recommend booking Liverpool to Manchester tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.