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Trains to Manchester

From its industrial past to a present driven by music, media and sport, Manchester has always been independent and forward-thinking. Today it buzzes with a huge student population, two top-class football teams and a superbly regenerated inner city packed with great shopping, cool microbreweries and buzzing bars. With the arrival of Michelin-starred chefs Simon Rogan and Jason Atherton, its restaurant scene is hitting the next level too. Is there anything this city can't do?

Popular train routes to Manchester

London to Manchester
Birmingham to Manchester
Liverpool to Manchester
Sheffield to Manchester
Leeds to Manchester

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Visiting Manchester

Head to the Northern Quarter – just 10 minutes’ walk from Manchester Piccadilly – for a taste of what makes Manchester so special. Visit the Night & Day café-bar, a hub for local music and arts for decades, and discover a thriving food and craft beer scene.

If you’re coming to Manchester to shop, you’re in good company. Few places do city-centre shopping better, and eager browsers travel here from across the region. You’ll find major high-street brands in the Arndale Centre, and designer stores from Armani to Burberry clustered around King Street, St Anne’s Square and Spinningfields. Looking for something more offbeat? Visit the legendary Affleck’s Palace, a former department store now filled with vintage stalls and independent boutiques.

Just off the bustling Deansgate, take a trip into Manchester’s past at The Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), a smart, hands-on museum in an early 19th century railway station. It’s packed with interactive exhibits, from working cotton machinery to a walk-through Victorian sewer. 

And what would a visit to Manchester be without football? Whether you’re a United fan, a City fan or a neutral, you can tour Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium and check out a treasure-trove of facts and memorabilia at the National Football Museum.

How to find the cheapest train tickets to Manchester

There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Manchester to help you save money and explore Manchester. Whether you are getting a train to Manchester for work or leisure, our journey planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel. There is no reason why the cheapest way to Manchester is by train. Using the options below, you could save money travelling to the Lancashire city, and use that money on the shops, the clubs or at the big game!

The first way you can get cheap tickets to Manchester is by using a national railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see out the different types of railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy a card online, check out our railcards page.

Another way to save money on train tickets to Manchester is by purchasing an Advanced ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advanced tickets, the cheaper these tickets will be. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to watch some football or a night out with friends pencilled in the calendar, simply look out for the “Advanced ticket” type when your search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Finally, if you are looking for cheap fares to Manchester, make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.

Want more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.

*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some railcard types.


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