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from Preston to Manchester

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30 Nov
£7Northern Rail
£9National Express
1 Dec
£5First Transpennine Express
£8National Express
2 Dec
£5Northern Rail
£8National Express
5 Dec
£5Northern Rail
£9National Express
6 Dec
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Travel Information between Preston and Manchester

distanceDistance27 miles (44 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach or train
priceTicket price range£7 - £9
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • £7 • 36 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £7 • 36 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail

Travel 27 miles (44 km) by coach or train from Preston to Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 36 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as £7. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are National Express or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Preston to Manchester.

Quick Guide: Travelling from Preston to Manchester

Average Price: £5
Distance: 30 miles
Cheapest Month: September
Average Time: 50m
Buses per Day: ~ 6
Trains per Day: ~ 96

General Information about the journey from Preston to Manchester

Located just over 30 miles apart, the journey from Preston to Manchester is convenient by either bus or train. The train is usually the best option for quick journeys, with direct services from Preston Station to Manchester Piccadilly taking as little as 42 minutes. Direct trains to Manchester Victoria take an average of 1 hour. Travel by bus is also worth considering, with direct services from Preston city centre taking approximately an hour to reach Manchester Coach Station. The journey from Preston to Manchester can also be completed by local bus services with connections, but journeys will take considerably longer.

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Travelling from Preston to Manchester


Bus journeys between Preston and Manchester depart from Carlisle Street in Preston city centre and terminate at Manchester Coach Station. These services are provided by National Express, with a minimum of 6 services each day. Services depart every few hours, with the first service leaving Preston at 3:00 a.m. and the final service departing at 8:15 p.m. before resuming the next day. All National Express services are direct, with total journey time usually taking no more than 1 hour. Local bus services can be used to complete the journey during other times of the day, but require extra connections and a longer journey time upwards of 2 hours.


The journey by train can take as little as 40 minutes on certain routes. Direct services to Manchester Piccadilly Station and Manchester Victoria are available from Preston Station. Other services may require a change at Salford Crescent, with journeys taking upwards of 1 hour 10 minutes. Services are operated by Northern Railway. Departures are available at least 4 times an hour, with more trains available during peak times.

Travel Tips

Travel from Preston 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 Preston to Manchester.
How do I go from Preston to Manchester?

There are 2 travel options from Preston to Manchester: coach or train.

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

Train services offer the cheapest way to get from Preston to Manchester. Tickets for a train cost on average £7.

This is compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A train is £2 less than a coach for this journey with tickets for a coach from Preston to Manchester costing on average £9.

What is the fastest way from Preston to Manchester?

The quickest way to travel between Preston and Manchester is by train, which takes on average 36 min   compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:

In comparison, getting to Manchester by coach can take on average 45 min.

What is the distance from Preston to Manchester?

You should expect to travel around 27 miles (44 km) from Preston to Manchester.

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

The average frequency per day from Preston to Manchester is:

  • Around 25 trains per day.

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

What are the departure and arrival points when travelling from Preston to Manchester?

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

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

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

  • You can travel from Preston to Manchester by coach with National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £9 with National Express from Preston to Manchester.
  • You can travel by train from Preston to Manchester with Northern Rail, and you can find Northern Rail Preston to Manchester tickets for £7 on Omio.
Where should I go next after I travel from Preston to Manchester?
Your journey from Preston to Manchester doesn't have to end in Manchester. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. If you’d like to add London, Liverpool or Edinburgh to your Preston to Manchester trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Manchester today!
How far in advance should I purchase my Preston to Manchester ticket online to get the best deals?

When planning your trip to Manchester from Preston, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to purchase and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Coach tickets cost on average £9 one way.
  • Train tickets are costing £7 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets between Preston and Manchester online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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