You can get from London to Bolton by train, bus or flight.
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|Distance||172 miles (278 km)|
|Available travel modes||Coach, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||£10 - £86|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • £10 • 4 h 10 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £86 • 1 h|
|Popular travel companies||Flixbus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast|
Take a coach, flight or train to travel 172 miles (278 km) between London and Bolton. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £10. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Flixbus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct from London to Bolton.
It's easy to make the trip from London to Bolton. There are various ways to travel, and affordable fares are available all the time. Travellers can book National Express coaches, take Virgin Trains, or even fly to nearby Manchester Airport with British Airways. Flights are technically the fastest option, taking around an hour, while trains are the most frequent option, and reach Bolton in 2 hours 25 minutes. Buses represent the cheapest way to travel, and the fastest services take about 5 hours 40 minutes.
Taking the bus is almost always the cheapest way to travel from London to Bolton. National Express offers affordable fares for its direct services from London Victoria, which reach central Bolton in between 5 hours 40 minutes and just over 7 hours. There are 4-5 departures every day, and almost all run into the heart of Bolton without any changes along the way.
If speed is the most important factor when travelling from London to Bolton, flights or trains will be preferable to buses. Virgin Trains run from London Euston to Bolton in between 2 hours 25 minutes and 3 hours, and there are over 40 departures every day. A change will be needed, usually in Manchester. British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Manchester take 1 hour and leave 2 to 6 times per day. But when transfers to Bolton from Manchester are factored in, flying is often not much quicker than taking the train.
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Virgin Trains operates a daily service to Bolton from central London via either Manchester or Stockport. Trains depart from London Euston multiple times every hour, and there are over 40 services every day. Journey times range from 2 hours 25 minutes to over 3 hours, depending on changes. Euston is easily accessible, thanks to overground rail, London Underground, and bus connections. Most trains arrive at Bolton Station, on Trinity Street in the city centre. Some also arrive at Hall I' Th' Wood Station: a good option for those headed to northern Bolton.
National Express runs a direct bus service from London Victoria Coach Station in west London, a 5- to 10-minute walk from Victoria Station. They then arrive at Bolton Bus Station, which is 100 metres from the city centre. There are 4 to 5 departures every day, from morning until late evening, and journey times vary from 5 hours 30 minutes to over 7 hours. Most buses run direct with no changes, but a couple of daily services include a quick change, generally in Manchester.
Flying to Bolton directly isn't possible, but Manchester Airport is 20 miles away, so it's definitely an option. Every day, British Airways schedules 2 to 6 direct flights from London Heathrow to Manchester Airport, which take just over an hour. Fast transfers are available from central London to Heathrow via train, which takes 15 minutes, and National Express buses from Manchester Airport to Bolton take 1 hour. So total journey durations can be as low as 2 hours 15 minutes, slightly faster than the quickest trains.
There are 3 travel options from London to Bolton: coach, flight or train.
A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from London to Bolton, which costs on average £10.
This is compared to other ways of getting to Bolton:
A coach is about £76 less than a flight, which costs on average £86 for this trip.
A coach is £62 less than a train for this trip with tickets for a train from London to Bolton costing on average £72.
The fastest way from London to Bolton is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h.
Other travel options between London and Bolton can usually take longer:
In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 4 h 10 min.
In comparison, going by train can take 2 h 39 min on average.
The distance between London and Bolton is around 172 miles (278 km).
The average frequency per day from London to Bolton is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route to Bolton from London as scheduled services by coach, flight or train can vary by season or day of the week.
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