You can get from London to Manchester by train, bus or flight.
To get from London to Manchester on 21 Jan we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||162 miles (261 km)|
|Available travel modes||Coach, flight or train|
|Ticket price range||£11 - £84|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • £11 • 4 h 15 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • £84 • 1 h|
|Popular travel companies||Flixbus, British Airways or West Midlands Railway|
Take a coach, flight or train to travel 162 miles (261 km) from London to Manchester. 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 £11. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are Flixbus, British Airways or West Midlands Railway among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or flight 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.
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.
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.
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.
You can travel to Manchester from London 3 different ways: coach, flight or train.
A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from London to Manchester, which costs on average £11.
This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:
A coach journey is usually £73 less than a journey to Manchester by plane, which costs on average £84 for the same trip.
A coach is £37 less than a train for this route with tickets for a train from London to Manchester costing on average £48.
The fastest way from London to Manchester is by flight with an average journey time of 1 h.
Other travel options from London to Manchester can usually take longer:
In comparison, getting to Manchester by coach can take on average 4 h 15 min.
In comparison, getting to Manchester by train can take on average 2 h 7 min.
The distance between London and Manchester is around 162 miles (261 km).
The average frequency per day from London to Manchester is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between London and Manchester as scheduled services by coach, flight 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:
If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Manchester, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:
Yes, there are direct services available between London and Manchester with the following travel operators:
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 between London and Manchester.
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:
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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