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from Reading to Manchester

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

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To get from Reading to Manchester on 30 May we recommend taking a bus because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

14:50Reading4h40 19:30Manchester
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£181One-way
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14:50Reading4h40 19:30Manchester
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20:40Reading4h05 00:45Manchester, Airport
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£231One-way
11:45Reading4h35 16:20Manchester
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£221One-way
01:05Reading4h30 05:35Manchester, Airport
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£211One-way

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Mon
30 May
£97Cross Country
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Tue
31 May
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Wed
1 Jun
£97Cross Country
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Thu
2 Jun
£49Avanti West Coast
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Fri
3 Jun
£49Avanti West Coast
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Sat
4 Jun
£41Cross Country
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Sun
5 Jun
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Mon
6 Jun
£55Avanti West Coast
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Tue
7 Jun
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Wed
8 Jun
£58Avanti West Coast
£15Megabus
£45British Airways
Fri
10 Jun
£57Avanti West Coast
£14Megabus
£71British Airways
Sat
11 Jun
£41Cross Country
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Sun
12 Jun
£60Avanti West Coast
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Mon
13 Jun
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Tue
14 Jun
£96Cross Country
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Wed
15 Jun
£97Cross Country
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Fri
17 Jun
£49Avanti West Coast
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Sat
18 Jun
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Travel Information between Reading and Manchester

distanceDistance149 miles (240 km)
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight or train
priceTicket price range£19 - £121
cheapestCheapest modeCoach • £19 • 4 h
fastestFastest modeFlight • £121 • 1 h
carriersPopular travel companiesMegabus, British Airways or Cross Country

Travel 149 miles (240 km) by coach, flight or train between Reading and Manchester. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as £19. The most popular travel providers which serve this trip are Megabus, British Airways or Cross Country among others. Travellers can even take a direct from Reading to Manchester.

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FAQs

How do I go from Reading to Manchester?

There are 3 travel options from Reading to Manchester: coach, flight or train.

What is the cheapest way to get from Reading to Manchester?

The cheapest way from Reading to Manchester is by taking a coach. You can find average ticket prices around £19 compared to other travel options to Manchester:

A coach is about £102 less than a flight, which costs on average £121 for this route.

A coach journey is usually £78 less than a journey to Manchester by train, which costs on average £97 for the same trip.

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

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

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

In comparison, going by coach can take 4 h   on average.

In comparison, getting to Manchester by train can take on average 3 h 8 min.

How many miles are between Reading and Manchester

Manchester is approximately 149 miles (240 km) away from Reading.

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

The average frequency per day from Reading to Manchester is:

  • 10 trains a day.

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

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

These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from Reading to Manchester:

  • Coaches most often depart from Reading at Reading, Christchurch Green / Redlands Road (University of Reading) and arrive in Manchester at Manchester, Coach Station.
  • Trains from Reading to Manchester most often leave from Reading and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Which travel companies can help me find a way to get from Reading to Manchester?

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

  • Megabus can take you to Manchester by coach. If searching for a good deal on coaches, you can find tickets for Megabus from Reading to Manchester for £19.
  • Travel with British Airways to go to Manchester by plane. For a good deal on tickets, you can find British Airways Reading to Manchester tickets on Omio for £121.
  • Cross Country can take you to Manchester by train. If searching for a good deal on trains, you can find tickets for Cross Country from Reading to Manchester for £97.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Manchester from Reading?

Many of our customers travelling from Reading to Manchester don't make Manchester their final stop. Some of the destinations worth visiting after are London, Liverpool or Edinburgh, either of which you could add to your Reading and Manchester trip itinerary. Check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel from Manchester to any of these top destinations today!

How early should I purchase Reading to Manchester tickets online to score the best deals?

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

  • Coach tickets are costing on average £19 one way.
  • Plane tickets cost on average £121 one way.
  • Train tickets cost £97 one way on average.

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

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