How to get from Manchester to Ipswich

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Travel Information between Manchester and Ipswich

distanceDistance172 miles (277 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£18 - £101
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £18 • 9 h 40 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £45 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express, British Airways or Greater Anglia

Take a coach, flight or train to travel 172 miles (277 km) between Manchester and Ipswich. 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 £18. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are National Express, British Airways or Greater Anglia among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or flight from Manchester to Ipswich.

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Ipswich

Travel to Ipswich 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 Manchester to Ipswich.

There are 3 ways to get from Manchester to Ipswich: coach, flight or train.

Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Ipswich. Tickets for a coach cost on average £18.

This is compared to other travel options to Ipswich:

A coach is about £27 less than a flight, which costs on average £45 for this route.

A coach is generally £82 less than a train for the same journey. A train costs on average £101 from Manchester to Ipswich.

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

Other travel options from Manchester to Ipswich can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 9 h 40 min.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 4 h 44 min.

You should expect to travel around 172 miles (277 km) from Manchester to Ipswich.

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Ipswich is:

  • 16 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route between Manchester and Ipswich 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 Manchester to Ipswich:

  • Most travellers catch their coach from Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Ipswich, Tower Ramparts.
  • Most travellers board their train from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in Ipswich.

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

  • You can travel by coach between Manchester and Ipswich with National Express, and you can find National Express Manchester to Ipswich tickets for £18 on Omio.
  • You can travel to Ipswich from Manchester by flight with British Airways. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £45 with British Airways from Manchester to Ipswich.
  • You can take a train from Manchester to Ipswich with Greater Anglia. Cheap tickets can be found for £101 with Greater Anglia from Manchester to Ipswich.

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

  • You can book a direct coach with.
  • You can take a direct flight with British Airways.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Ipswich as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets between Manchester and Ipswich.

Omio customers who travel from Manchester to Ipswich often also extend their holiday to go to London, Stansted or Norwich. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Ipswich and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before travelling from Manchester to Ipswich, 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 £18 one way.
  • The price of a plane ticket is £45 one way on average for this trip.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £101 one way for this journey.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Ipswich 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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