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£48Avanti West Coast
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£29West Midlands Railway
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£73British Airways
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£73Avanti West Coast
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Travel Information from Manchester to London

distanceDistance162 miles (261 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight, coach or train
priceTicket price range£6 - £59
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £6 • 4 h 25 min
fastestFastest modeFlight • £59 • 1 h 5 min
carriersPopular travel companiesBritish Airways, Flixbus or Avanti West Coast

Travel 162 miles (261 km) by flight, coach or train to London from Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h 5 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £6. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are British Airways, Flixbus or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight or coach from Manchester to London.

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Quick Guide: Travlling from Manchester to London

Average Price: £30
Distance: 208 miles
Average Time: 3h30m
Trains per Day: ~ 72
Buses per Day: ~ 25
Flights per Day: ~ 8
 

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Travelling from Manchester to London

Trains

There are 3 - 4 trains per hour from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston, with the first service leaving Manchester in the early hours of the morning. The service is operated by Virgin Trains and the journey takes between two and just over three hours, depending on whether it is direct, or with one change.

Plane

There are approximately thirteen direct flights from Manchester Airport to London Heathrow operated by British Airways and Virgin Little Red. It takes roughly an hour to fly between the two cities.

Buses

There are two operators that run bus services from Manchester to London. Megabus operates 12 direct services per day from Shudehill Interchange to London Victoria with the first bus just after 3:00 a.m. and the last leaving before midnight. National Express also runs 12 services per day from Manchester Coach Station to London Victoria from the very early morning just before midnight. The journey takes roughly between four and six

Travel Tips

Travel from Manchester to London
Travel to London 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 London.
FAQs
How do I travel to London from Manchester?

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

What is the cheapest way to go to London from Manchester?

A coach service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to London, which costs on average £6.

This is compared to other ways of getting to London:

A coach is generally £54 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average £59 from Manchester to London.

A coach journey is usually £45 less than a journey to London by train, which costs on average £50 for the same trip.

What is the fastest way to get from Manchester to London?

The fastest way to get to London from Manchester is by flight with an average travel time of 1 h 5 min.

There are alternative travel options to London that can usually take longer:

In comparison, getting to London by coach can take on average 4 h 25 min.

In comparison, travelling by train can take you on average 2 h 9 min.

How far is London from Manchester?

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

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

The average frequency per day from Manchester to London is:

  • Around 25 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your trip between Manchester and London as scheduled services by flight, coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

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

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

  • Most travellers catch their flight from Manchester Airport and arrive in London Heathrow Airport.
  • Most travellers catch their coach from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and arrive in London, Hammersmith Bridge Road.
  • Most travellers board their train from Manchester Piccadilly and arrive in London Victoria.
Which travel companies can get me from Manchester to London?

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

  • You can go to London from Manchester by plane with British Airways. You'll see cheap plane tickets for £59 with British Airways from Manchester to London on Omio.
  • You can travel by coach from Manchester to London with Flixbus, and you can find Flixbus Manchester to London tickets for £6 on Omio.
  • You can travel by train between Manchester and London with Avanti West Coast, and you can find Avanti West Coast Manchester to London tickets for £50 on Omio.
Is it possible to travel directly to London from Manchester?

Yes, there are direct routes from Manchester to London with the following travel companies:

  • You can check for a direct flight to London with British Airways.
  • You can find a direct coach to London with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.

As you won't need to change at another stop in between, direct services to London tend to save you time and add more convenience, so it's worth paying attention to before you purchase tickets for this journey.

Where else should I travel to after my journey to London from Manchester ends?
Many of our customers who book a trip from Manchester to London often extend their holiday and travel to other popular destinations like Paris, Amsterdam or Brussels. If you’re thinking of adding another destination to your Manchester and London itinerary, let Omio find you the best connections between London and any of these top destinations today!
When should I book a ticket between Manchester and London online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Manchester to London, 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 plane ticket for this journey is £59 one way on average.
  • The price of a coach ticket is on average £6 one way for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket is on average £50 one way for this route.

But we recommend booking Manchester to London tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.