How to get from Preston to Manchester

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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 • 32 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • £7 • 32 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail

Travel 27 miles (44 km) by coach or train between Preston and Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 32 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.

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

A train service offers the cheapest way to travel from Preston to Manchester, which costs on average £7.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Manchester:

A train is generally £2 less than a coach for the same journey. A coach costs on average £9 from Preston to Manchester.

The fastest way from Preston to Manchester is by train with an average journey time of 32 min.

Other travel options between Preston and Manchester can usually take longer:

In comparison, taking a coach requires on average 45 min   of travel time.

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

The average frequency per day from Preston to Manchester is:

  • 25 trains a 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.

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

  • Most travellers board their coach from Preston, Bus Station (Stand 5) and arrive in Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Most travellers who book a train ticket from Preston to Manchester depart from Preston to Manchester Piccadilly.

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

  • You can travel between Preston and Manchester by coach with National Express. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £9 with National Express from Preston to Manchester.
  • You can go to Manchester from Preston by train with Northern Rail. You'll see cheap train tickets for £7 with Northern Rail from Preston to Manchester on Omio.
Omio customers who travel from Preston to Manchester often also extend their holiday to go to London, Liverpool or Edinburgh. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Manchester and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before travelling from Preston to Manchester, 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 £9 one way for this journey.
  • The price of a train ticket for this route is on average £7 one way.

But we recommend booking Preston to Manchester 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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