Cheap London to Manchester Trains

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Fri 23 Feb

19:00 21:04
£89
02:04 hrs

Sat 24 Feb

08:00 10:04
£41
02:04 hrs

Sun 25 Feb

11:20 13:50
£27
02:30 hrs

Mon 26 Feb

10:40 12:46
£64
02:06 hrs

Tue 27 Feb

10:00 12:04
£40
02:04 hrs

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London to Manchester Train Information

Avg. Train Duration2h 17m
Trains arrive inManchester
Trains depart fromLondon
Train Ticket Price£ 33.81
Distance262 km
Train Companies
  • Virgin Trains
  • East Midlands Trains
  • Cross Country

What train companies travel from London to Manchester

Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.

What's on board Virgin Trains trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on Virgin Trains trains?

    Virgin Trains offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. Virgin Trains also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on Virgin trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for Virgin trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on Virgin Trains trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


What's on board East Midlands Trains trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on East Midlands Trains trains?

    East Midlands Trains offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. East Midlands Trains also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on East Midlands trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for East Midlands trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on East Midlands Trains trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


What's on board East Coast trains?

  • Power Outlet

  • Wifi

  • Refreshments

  • Mobile Tickets

  • Pets

  • WC

  • Seat Reservation

  • ID Required

  • Allows Bicycles

Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation.

What do I need to know about travelling on East Coast trains?

    No, children under 5 years old do not need a ticket on East Coast trains if the child sits on an adult's lap. A child's ticket should be purchased if a seat is needed.


    No check-in is required for East Coast trains.


    National Rail's 16-25 Railcard, Two Together Railcard, Family & Friends Railcard, Senior Railcard, and Disabled Persons Railcard entitle passengers to discounted tickets on East Coast trains.


    When booking through Raileasy, all passengers must each possess a railcard in order to receive the reduced fare.


    You will need to make a separate booking for any passengers in your group who don't own a railcard. You will be liable to pay a fine if you purchase railcard discount tickets without the sufficient number of railcards to cover all passengers.


    East Coast offers Anytime, Off-Peak, Advance, Plusbus, and Season fares. East Coast also offers First Class and Standard Class tickets.


    Advance


    Valid on the time and date shown on ticket.


    Advance 1st Single


    Seat reservations are required.


    This ticket is valid for the date and time shown on your reservation. Please note that not all trains offer first class facilities and this fare does not guarantee that first class accommodation will be available on all legs of the journey for which it is purchased. Ticket is subject to availability.


    Anytime


    No Seat Reservations


    Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Valid for off peak trains, times, and routes on the date shown on the ticket. First class facilities cannot be guaranteed without a reservation for all journey legs, please check availability before you book.


    Super Off-peak


    Outward or single: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes on the date shown on ticket. Return: Restricted to super off peak trains, times and routes, validity may vary but generally valid for one calendar month of the outward.


    Anytime


    Outward or Single: Valid for travel any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Return: Valid for travel any time shown on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy.


    1st Class


    Can be used on any train at any time on the date and route shown on the ticket. Please note, not all trains offer first class facilities and this ticket does not guarantee their availability on the service you travel on.


    Advance


    Ticket non-refundable, but amendable for £10 fee within 28 days of departure via our cancellation page.


    Off-peak


    Restricted to off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Off-Peak 1st Single


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


    Super Off-peak


    Restricted to super off peak trains. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    Anytime


    Valid at any time on the date printed on the ticket, or up to one month after, depending on the provider's policy. Refundable (£10 fee) if unused within 28 days of travel date. Amendable (£10 fee).


    1st Class


    Refund available for a £10 fee on unused tickets within 28 days of travel date.


Trains from London to Manchester: Train Times

  • Trains from London to Manchester run approximately 3 times per hour.
  • London to Manchester train services commence from 07:16 in morning.
  • The last train from London to Manchester is at 00:30.
  • Be wary of weekends and public holidays, there will likely be restricted services. The Journey Planner at the top of the page will help you find the right London to Manchester train for you.
  • The London to Manchester train usually takes just over 2 hours to complete, with the fastest services taking only 2 hours and 7 minutes to reach Manchester.
  • If you are collecting your London to Manchester train ticket at the train station, ensure you have the card you made the booking with.

Do direct services run from London to Manchester?

Direct services are available on trains from London to Manchester. On weekends, a change at Warrington is often necessary and on Sunday services take significantly longer.

 

London to Manchester Train Cost

Prices for Trains from London to Manchester when you book in advance

Booking Period

Average Price

Same Day

£82

1 Day in Advance

£67

1 Week in Advance

£57

2 Weeks in Advance

£52

1 Month in Advance

£40

3 Months in Advance

£40

More information about taking a London to Manchester train

While buses might offer the cheapest option between London and Manchester and flights might seem a good option as well; trains from London to Manchester offer a far more convenient and quicker alternative (when you factor in check-in and time spent at the airport). With appropriate planning, the journey could even be quicker when booked in advance.


  • The quickest routes on the London to Manchester train route are run by Virgin Trains.
  • All Virgin trains from London to Manchester are direct, setting off from London's Euston train station and arrive at Manchester Piccadilly.
  • Most travellers book their London to Manchester train tickets 1-2 months in advance of the travel date.





Based on GoEuro's travel data, as the table above clearly illustrates, ticket prices for a London to Manchester train decrease the further you book in advance:

  • It is 18% cheaper to book a London to Manchester train a day ahead of time rather than purchasing a ticket at the station.
  • It is 30% cheaper to book a London to Manchester train ticket 1 week in advance as opposed to the day you intend to travel.
  • Finally, London to Manchester train costs are 52% cheaper when booked 1 month in advance as opposed to purchasing a train ticket the day of travel.
 

Manchester Piccadily station information

Manchester, in the north-west of England, is a large city that was profoundly influenced by the industrial revolution due to its textile manufacturing, growing in a short period from a small town to become the booming metropolis it is today. The main station in Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly, which is also the terminus for trains to Manchester from London. Manchester Piccadilly Station is located very centrally within Manchester. The city’s central shopping district is easy to get to from the station and is just a simply walk down Piccadilly road until you reach the shops. Metroshuttles and trams also leave the station every 7 minutes and provide connections further central as well as to other parts of the city. Train connections to and from Manchester Airport are also available from Manchester Piccadilly Station.


Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Everything you need to know about London Euston train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about London Paddington train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about London Victoria train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
Metro lines Circle, District, Victoria
Bus lines 22, 211, 239, C1, N11

This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.

Everything you need to know about London Bridge train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about London Liverpool Street train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about London Charing Cross train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about London Kings Cross train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

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Everything you need to know about Manchester Piccadilly train station

  • Power Outlet
  • Wifi
  • Food Service
  • WC

* Information may be outdated (testing value)

This station is within walking distance of the city centre and is connected to other parts of the city by public transport.
Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 147

This station is a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre.

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