How to get from London to Manchester

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from London to Manchester

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

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To get from London to Manchester on 03 Jul we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information to Manchester from London

distanceDistance162 miles
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
fastestFastest modeFlight • £55 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, British Airways or West Midlands Railway

Take a coach, flight, ferry or train to travel 162 miles to Manchester from London. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Flixbus, British Airways or West Midlands Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach, flight or train from London to Manchester.

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.

Travel Tips: Travel from London 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 London to Manchester.

You can travel from London to Manchester 4 different ways: coach, flight, ferry or train.

Ferry services offer the cheapest way to get from London to Manchester. Tickets for a ferry cost on average £1.

This is compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A ferry is about £14 less than a coach, which costs on average £14 for this journey.

A ferry is generally £55 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average £55 from London to Manchester.

A ferry is £30 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from London to Manchester costing on average £30.

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

Other travel options between London and Manchester can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to Manchester by coach can take on average 3 h 50 min.

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In comparison, getting to Manchester by train can take on average 2 h 6 min.

The distance between London and Manchester is around 162 miles.

The average frequency per day from London to Manchester is:

  • 9 coaches per day.
  • Around 50 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip to Manchester 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 when travelling from London to Manchester:

  • Most travellers who buy a plane ticket from London to Manchester depart from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester Airport.
  • Most travellers who book a train ticket from London to Manchester depart from London Victoria to Manchester Piccadilly.

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

  • You can travel by coach between London and Manchester with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus London to Manchester tickets for £14 on Omio.
  • You can go to Manchester from London by plane with British Airways. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £55 with British Airways from London to Manchester on Omio.
  • You can travel to Manchester from London by train with West Midlands Railway. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £30 with West Midlands Railway from London to Manchester.

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

  • You'll find 9 direct coaches per day with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You can travel directly by plane with British Airways with direct flights per day.
  • You can find around 37 direct trains per day and book this direct train with Avanti West Coast.

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 London to Manchester.

Many of our customers who book a trip from London to Manchester often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Liverpool, Edinburgh or Glasgow. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your London and Manchester itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between Manchester and any of these top destinations today!

Before travelling from London 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 for this journey is on average £14 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket is £55 one way on average for this route.
  • The price of a ferry ticket is £1 one way on average for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £30 one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking London 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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