How to get from London to Bolton

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Travel Information to Bolton from London

distanceDistance172 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range£8 - £265
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £8 • 4 h 30 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £265 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 172 miles from London to 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 £8. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Flixbus, British Airways or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct from London to Bolton.

How to Travel 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.

What is the Cheapest Way To Get from London to Bolton?

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.

What is the Fastest Way to Travel from London to Bolton?

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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Travel from London to Bolton by Train

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.

Travel from London to Bolton by Bus

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.

Travel from London to Bolton by Plane

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.

Travel Tips: Travel from London to Bolton

Travel to Bolton 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 London to Bolton.
FAQs

There are 4 ways to travel between London and Bolton including taking a coach, flight, ferry or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from London to Bolton. Tickets for a coach cost on average £8.

This is compared to other travel options to Bolton:

A coach is generally £258 less than a flight for the same route. A flight costs on average £265 from London to Bolton.

A coach journey is usually £67 less than a journey to Bolton by train, which costs on average £75 for the same trip.

The fastest way from London to Bolton is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h.

Other travel options from London to Bolton can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 4 h 30 min.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 2 h 34 min.

You should expect to travel around 172 miles from London to Bolton.

The average frequency per day from London to Bolton is:

  • 7 coaches a day.
  • Around 49 trains per day.

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from London to Bolton:

  • Trains mostly leave from London Victoria and tend to arrive in Bolton.

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

  • Flixbus can take you to Bolton by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Flixbus from London to Bolton for £8.
  • British Airways can take you to Bolton by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for British Airways from London to Bolton for £265.
  • Avanti West Coast can get you to Bolton by train. You can find a good deal for train tickets with Avanti West Coast from London to Bolton for £75 on Omio.
Looking to extend your trip from London to Bolton? Many Omio customers who go from London to Bolton usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like Manchester, Glasgow or Liverpool. If you're looking to explore Manchester, Glasgow or Liverpool from Bolton, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

When planning your trip between London and Bolton, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost on average £8 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £265 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £75 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets from London to Bolton online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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