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from Manchester to Preston

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

Our recommendation

To get from Manchester to Preston on 29 Oct we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

08:48Manchester Piccadilly1h18 10:06Bamber Bridge
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01:35Manchester, Coach Station0h50 02:25Preston, Carlisle Street
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09:48Manchester Piccadilly1h18 11:06Bamber Bridge
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10:47Manchester Piccadilly1h19 12:06Bamber Bridge
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11:47Manchester Piccadilly1h19 13:06Bamber Bridge
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28 Oct
£7Northern Rail
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29 Oct
£7Northern Rail
£8National Express
30 Oct
£6Northern Rail
£9National Express
31 Oct
£6Northern Rail
£8National Express
1 Nov
£7Northern Rail
£9National Express
2 Nov
£15Northern Rail
£9National Express
3 Nov
£6Northern Rail
£9National Express

Travel Information between Manchester and Preston

distanceDistance27 miles (44 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£6 - £9
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £6 • 35 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £6 • 35 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail

Take a coach or train to travel 27 miles (44 km) to Preston from Manchester. 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 £6. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Manchester to Preston.

Travel Tips

Travel from Manchester to Preston
Travel to Preston 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 Preston.
How do you get from Manchester to Preston?

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

What is the cheapest way to travel to Preston from Manchester?

The cheapest way from Manchester to Preston is by taking a train. You can find average ticket prices around £6 compared to other travel options to Preston:

A train journey is usually £3 less than a journey to Preston by coach, which costs on average £9 for the same trip.

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

The quickest way to travel to Preston from Manchester is by train, which takes on average 35 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 50 min   of travel time.

What is the distance from Manchester to Preston?

Preston is approximately 27 miles (44 km) away from Manchester.

How many services a day are there from Manchester to Preston?

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Preston is:

  • 51 trains per day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey to Preston from Manchester as scheduled services by coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.

When going from Manchester to Preston, where do I depart from Manchester and where do I arrive in Preston?

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

  • Most travellers catch their coach from Manchester, Shudehill Interchange and arrive in Preston, Bus Station.
  • Most travellers take a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston.
Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Manchester to Preston?

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

  • You can take a coach from Manchester to Preston with National Express. Cheap tickets can be found for £9 with National Express from Manchester to Preston.
  • You can travel between Manchester and Preston by train with Northern Rail. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £6 with Northern Rail from Manchester to Preston.
Can I travel directly to Preston from Manchester?

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

  • You'll find direct coaches per day with National Express or Megabus.
  • You'll find 51 direct trains per day with.

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

Where should I go next after I travel between Manchester and Preston?
Your journey from Manchester to Preston doesn't have to end in Preston. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Glasgow or Liverpool. If you’d like to add London, Glasgow or Liverpool to your Manchester to Preston trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Preston today!
When should I buy a ticket between Manchester and Preston online to score the best deals?

Before travelling from Manchester to Preston, it’s good to know what ticket you can purchase and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket is £9 one way on average for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket is £6 one way on average for this journey.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Preston 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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