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from London to Manchester

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

Our recommendation

To get from London to Manchester on 21 Jan we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

09:45London, Heathrow Airport Terminals 1, 2, 34h15 14:00Manchester
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£181One-way
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16:00London5h20 21:20Manchester
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£81One-way
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09:00London5h00 14:00Manchester, Coach Station
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£111One-way
09:00London5h00 14:00Manchester
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£131One-way
08:00London4h30 12:30Manchester, Airport
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£191One-way

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Fri
21 Jan
£38West Midlands Railway
£7Flixbus
£80British Airways
Sat
22 Jan
£49West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£70BA Cityflyer
Sun
23 Jan
£31Avanti West Coast
£6Flixbus
£67British Airways
Mon
24 Jan
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£6Flixbus
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Tue
25 Jan
£26West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£190British Airways
Wed
26 Jan
£26West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£67British Airways
Thu
27 Jan
£26West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£86British Airways
Fri
28 Jan
£38West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£78British Airways
Sat
29 Jan
£40Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£70BA Cityflyer
Sun
30 Jan
£34Avanti West Coast
£6Flixbus
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Mon
31 Jan
£77West Midlands Railway
£7Megabus
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Tue
1 Feb
£40Avanti West Coast
£7Megabus
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Wed
2 Feb
£38West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£59British Airways
Thu
3 Feb
£38West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£75British Airways
Fri
4 Feb
£38West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£48British Airways
Sat
5 Feb
£48Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£56British Airways
Sun
6 Feb
£48Avanti West Coast
£5Flixbus
£53British Airways
Mon
7 Feb
£38West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£53British Airways
Tue
8 Feb
£38West Midlands Railway
£6Flixbus
£48British Airways
Wed
9 Feb
£38West Midlands Railway
£5Flixbus
£56British Airways

Travel Information to Manchester from London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£11 - £84
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £11 • 4 h 15 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £84 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesFlixbus, 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.

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.
FAQs

How do you get from London to Manchester?

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

How do I get from London to Manchester the cheapest way?

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.

What is the quickest way from London to Manchester?

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.

What is the distance from London to Manchester?

The distance between London and Manchester is around 162 miles (261 km).

How many scheduled departures are there a day from London to Manchester?

The average frequency per day from London to Manchester is:

  • Around 16 trains per day.

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.

Where do people depart from and arrive in when travelling from London to Manchester?

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

  • Most travellers take a coach from London, Hammersmith Bridge Road to Manchester, Shudehill Interchange.
  • Most travellers catch their flight from London Heathrow Airport and arrive in Manchester Airport.
  • Most travellers take a train from London Victoria to Manchester Piccadilly.

Which travel companies can get me 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:

  • Flixbus can take you to Manchester by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Flixbus from London to Manchester for £11.
  • British Airways can get you to Manchester by plane. You can find a good deal for plane tickets with British Airways from London to Manchester for £84 on Omio.
  • West Midlands Railway can take you to Manchester by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for West Midlands Railway from London to Manchester for £48.

Is it possible to travel directly from London to Manchester?

Yes, there are direct services available between London and Manchester with the following travel operators:

  • You can book a direct coach with National Express or Megabus.
  • You'll find direct flights with British Airways.

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.

Where else should I travel to after my journey between London and Manchester ends?

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, Edinburgh or Glasgow. If you’d like to add Liverpool, 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!

When should I book a ticket to Manchester from London online to score the best deals?

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 route is £11 one way on average.
  • The price of a plane ticket for this journey is on average £84 one way.
  • The price of a train ticket is £48 one way on average for this route.

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.