How to get from Manchester to Liverpool

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from Manchester to Liverpool

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

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To get from Manchester to Liverpool on 18 May we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:59Manchester Victoria0h57 09:56Liverpool Lime Street
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08:28Deansgate0h58 09:26Liverpool Lime Street
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08:15Manchester Oxford Road1h09 09:24Liverpool Lime Street
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08:48Deansgate1h11 09:59Liverpool Lime Street
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Travel Information to Liverpool from Manchester

distanceDistance30 miles (49 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£3 - £4
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £3 • 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £3 • 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus or Northern Rail

Travel 30 miles (49 km) by coach or train from Manchester to Liverpool. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 35 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £3. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are Megabus or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Manchester to Liverpool.

General Information About the Journey from Manchester to Liverpool

There are a number of transport options available for the journey from Manchester to Liverpool, however train and bus services are by far the quickest and most convenient options; with a number of direct connections connected the two cities on a daily bases. The two cities are just 55 kilometres apart with the majority of the services taking less than two hours departing from Manchester to Liverpool at frequent intervals.

Buses from Manchester to Liverpool

There are a number of options for getting from Manchester to Liverpool by bus. National Express offers over 30 buses departing over the course of the day. Terravision operates bus services between Manchester Centre Sackville and Liverpool Airport which takes 40 minutes. There are approximately 17 services per day.

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool

There are three stations in Manchester that have direct services to Liverpool Lime Street: Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road. Services start just after 5:00 a.m. and are operated by Northern Rail and Transpennine Express. The journey takes between 45 minutes and 1hr 20mins. The last daily service is just after 11:00 p.m. and there are up to 8 services per hour throughout the day.

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Liverpool

Travel to Liverpool 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 Liverpool.

There are 2 ways to travel from Manchester to Liverpool including taking a coach or train.

Train services offer the cheapest way to get from Manchester to Liverpool. Tickets for a train cost on average £3.

This is compared to other travel options to Liverpool:

A train is about £1 less than a coach, which costs on average £4 for this route.

The fastest way from Manchester to Liverpool is by train with an average journey time of 35 min.

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

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 1 h   of travel time.

The distance from Manchester to Liverpool is approximately 30 miles (49 km).

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Liverpool is:

  • 25 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from Manchester to Liverpool as scheduled services by coach 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 Liverpool:

  • Most travellers who purchase a coach ticket from Manchester to Liverpool depart from Manchester, Coach Station to Liverpool, Liverpool One.
  • Most travellers take a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool Lime Street.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Manchester to Liverpool, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • Travel with Megabus for coaches to Liverpool. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Megabus Manchester to Liverpool tickets on Omio for £4.
  • Travel with Northern Rail for trains to Liverpool. If you’re looking for a good deal on tickets, check for Northern Rail Manchester to Liverpool tickets on Omio for £3.
Looking to extend your trip from Manchester to Liverpool? Many Omio customers who go from Manchester to Liverpool usually extend their holiday to explore other popular destinations like London, Edinburgh or Glasgow. If you're looking to explore London, Edinburgh or Glasgow from Liverpool, let Omio find you the best connections available at an affordable price.

Before travelling from Manchester to Liverpool, 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 is on average £4 one way for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is £3 one way on average.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Liverpool 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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