Trains from London to Manchester

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London to Manchester Train Information

Avg. Train Duration:131
Trains arrive in:Manchester
Trains depart from:London
Train Ticket Price:£ 42
Distance:262 Kms
Train Companies:Virgin Trains

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 Piccadilly 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.

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