How to get to Manchester from London

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Travel Information from London to Manchester

distanceDistance162 miles
modeAvailable travel modesTrain, coach or flight
priceTicket price range£7 - £52
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £7 • 3 h 55 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £52 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or Virgin Trains

Travel 162 miles by train, coach or flight to Manchester from London. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus, British Airways or Virgin Trains among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach, flight or train from London to Manchester.

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from London to Manchester

How to get to Manchester from London by train, bus, flight or ferry.

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The best way to travel from London to Manchester is by taking a coach because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

Megabus
07:353h55
London
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£141One-way
0 changes
Cheapest
Megabus
07:353h55
London
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£141One-way
0 changes
Fastest
British Airways
20:401h00
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
21:40Manchester Airport (MAN)
£521One-way
0 changes
Other options
West Midlands Railway
08:463h32
London Euston (EUS)
12:18Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£581One-way
1 change
East Midlands Railway
08:033h02
London St Pancras International (STP)
11:05Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£1481One-way
1 change
Avanti West Coast
09:132h06
London Euston (EUS)
11:19Manchester Piccadilly (MAN)
£2061One-way
0 changes
Megabus
07:004h30
London, Victoria Coach Station
11:30Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£141One-way
0 changes
Megabus
07:305h10
London, Victoria Coach Station
12:40Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£141One-way
0 changes
FlixBus
07:304h50
London
12:20Manchester, Shudehill Interchange
£171One-way
0 changes
British Airways
21:351h00
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
22:35Manchester Airport (MAN)
£521One-way
0 changes
British Airways
18:201h00
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
19:20Manchester Airport (MAN)
£1371One-way
0 changes
British Airways
19:451h00
London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
20:45Manchester Airport (MAN)
£1371One-way
0 changes

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General Information About the Journey from London to Manchester

There are plenty of buses, trains and flights from London to Manchester, two of the UK's largest and busiest cities. Making the journey by bus is easy, with several departures per day. Similarly, trains are quick and depart regularly. Direct flights between the two cities depart daily with a short average journey time.

Buses from London to Manchester

Megabus and National Express are the main companies operating buses from London to Manchester, both leave from Victoria Coach Station, in London. Departures are regular, with upwards of ten a day from the early morning until the late evening, with a journey time of roughly 4 -5 hours.

Trains from London to Manchester

Virgin trains operates the most frequent service on this route, with departures every 20 minutes from London Euston railway station. All trains are direct, with a journey time of approximately two hours, and terminate at Manchester Piccadilly. Tickets can be purchased on the day or online in advance. The first service departs early in the morning and the last in the mid to late evening.

Flights from London to Manchester

Direct flights to Manchester from the capital take just one hour. British Airways runs the most regular service, with 8 flights a day leaving from London Heathrow to Manchester Airport. The first flight leaves just in the early morning and the last in the early evening.

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You can travel by travel from London to Manchester with National Express, KLM and Chiltern Railways. When you search Omio for times and tickets, we’ll show you the best deals available.

Chiltern Railways is a regional train company in the United Kingdom which is owned by Arriva Trains and has operated since 1996. Check the different ticket types for your next travel from London to Manchester: Duo, Anytime, Season, Super Off Peak, Off Peak and Advance.

    FlixBus is one of Europe's leading low-cost travel operators, founded in Germany and offering long-distance travel services in Europe and the U. S. FlixBus also operates overnight travel on select routes throughout Europe. Standard amenities on FlixBus include free Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your phone, tablet or laptop during long travel journeys, extra legroom, luggage space and toilets. You can even purchase snacks and drinks onboard. FlixBus offers only the Standard ticket for all its routes, which allows you to bring one hand luggage and one hold luggage per person. Additional fees apply for extra luggage and specific seat reservations, such as if you want to book an Extra Seat, Table Seat or the Panorama Seat.

      British Airways (BA) is the flag carrier airline of the United Kingdom with its headquarters in London near its main hub at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). Known as a full-service global airline, BA offers low fares year-round to destinations around the globe and flies to and from centrally-located airports. Its extensive global route network includes more than 170 destinations in nearly 80 countries throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. BA is also the second largest airline based in the UK in terms of its fleet size and number of passengers carried.

        FAQs: London to Manchester

        FAQs: 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 London to Manchester.
        FAQs

        You can get to Manchester from London 3 different ways: train, coach or flight.

        The cheapest way to go to Manchester from London is by taking a coach, which costs on average £7.

        This is compared to other ways of getting from London to Manchester:

        Taking a coach costs £45 less than taking a flight, which costs on average £52 for the same trip.

        Taking a coach costs £23 less than taking a train, which costs on average £30 for the same trip.

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

        There are alternative travel options to Manchester that take longer:

        Getting to Manchester by coach takes 3 h 55 min on average.

        Train takes on average 2 h 6 min.

        The London to Manchester distance is approximately 162 miles.

        The average frequency per day from London to Manchester is:

        • 1 coach per day.
        • 51 trains per day.

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

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

        • Most travellers catch their coach from London, Victoria Coach Station and arrive in Manchester, Coach Station.
        • Most travellers board their plane from London Gatwick Airport and arrive in Manchester Airport.
        • Most travellers catch their train from London Waterloo and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

        The following travel companies offer services from London to Manchester:

        • Megabus, National Express, FlixBus or DoggioBus can take you to Manchester by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Megabus from London to Manchester for £7.
        • British Airways, Cityflyer (British Airways 2), Aer Lingus, KLM or Azul can take you to Manchester by plane. If searching for a good deal on flights, you can find tickets for British Airways from London to Manchester for £52.
        • Travel with Virgin Trains, West Midlands Trains, East Midlands Trains, Doggiosled, CrossCountry, Chiltern Railways or Northern Rail (3) to go to Manchester by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Doggiosled London to Manchester tickets on Omio for £4.

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

        • You can find 1 direct coach per day to Manchester with Megabus, National Express or FlixBus.
        • You can check for a direct train to Manchester with Virgin Trains with 43 direct trains per day.

        Direct services to Manchester tend to save you time and add more convenience as you won't need to transfer at another stop in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking tickets for your route.

        Your journey from London to Manchester doesn't have to end in Manchester. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like Liverpool, Paris, Edinburgh or Glasgow. If you’d like to add Liverpool, Paris, Edinburgh or Glasgow to your London to Manchester trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Manchester today!
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