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Liverpool to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 52m to travel from Liverpool to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 31 miles (50 km). There are normally 214 trains per day traveling from Liverpool to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from $4.38 when you book in advance.

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From 31m


31 miles (50 km)


214 trains per day


Direct trains available


From $4.38

Train operators

TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway

Liverpool to Manchester train times

Check out the next trains departing from Liverpool to Manchester for Tuesday Dec 5th 2023 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
05:20 liverpool lime street05:57 manchester victoriaPlatform 3 estimatedtranspennine express Get tickets37m, direct
06:00 liverpool lime street07:02 manchester piccadillyPlatform 4 estimatednorthern PeakGet tickets1h 2m, direct
06:14 liverpool lime street07:11 manchester piccadillyPlatform 8 estimatedtranspennine express Get tickets57m, direct
06:24 liverpool lime street07:00 manchester victoriaPlatform 1 estimatedtranspennine express Get tickets36m, direct
06:49 liverpool lime street07:41 manchester piccadillyPlatform 6 estimatedeast midlands railway Get tickets52m, direct

Traveling from Liverpool to Manchester by train in 35 minutes

Hoping to spend some time in Manchester and need more information on how to take the train from Liverpool to Manchester? You’ve come to the right place!  

On average, the train journey from Liverpool to Manchester takes around 51 minutes but can take around 35 minutes on the fastest services. As there are around 150 trains running on this popular route each day, you can make yourself comfortable as there’s no need to make any changes along the way. 

When traveling on this route, you’ll board a train at Liverpool Lime Street operated by either East Midlands Railway (EMR) or TransPennine Express. No matter who you travel with, you’ll enjoy generous luggage space and comfortable seating. If you’re traveling with EMR, you’ll arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station. However, if you’re traveling with TransPennine Express, you’ll arrive at Manchester Victoria station.  

Once you’ve exited the station, you can start to explore the city’s famous landmarks and neighborhoods. There are so many things to do and see in Manchester, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help inspire your trip, check out our guide to the best things to do in Manchester, including a trip to Manchester Art Gallery and the National Football Museum.  

If you’d like to take advantage of the cheapest train tickets, try traveling during Off-Peak times, as tickets are generally cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours between Monday and Friday. To save even more money, try and book an Advance ticket – they are usually released 12 weeks prior to the departure date and tend to be cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.  

Want to book? Start a search for cheap train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester today! There’s no need to wait, just head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page. If you’d like to know more about the journey first, continue reading for train timetables, tips on finding cheap train tickets and FAQs including first and last train times. 

FAQs for Liverpool to Manchester

Want to know more about your journey from Liverpool to Manchester? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Liverpool to Manchester take?

The average journey time by train between Liverpool and Manchester is 52 minutes, with around 214 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Liverpool and Manchester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Liverpool to Manchester is 31 minutes.

How much does the train from Liverpool to Manchester cost?

Train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester can start from as little as $4.38 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Liverpool to Manchester?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Liverpool to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 214 direct trains from Liverpool to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Liverpool to Manchester leave?

The first train from Liverpool to Manchester leaves at 04:20. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Liverpool to Manchester leave?

The last train from Liverpool to Manchester leaves at 23:36. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Liverpool and Manchester by train?

Trains travelling from Liverpool to Manchester cover a distance of around 31 miles (50 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester to Liverpool.

Cheap train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester

Train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester start at $4.38 one way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. As most UK train companies increase their prices as the departure date approaches, we’ll help you find the cheapest tickets.

Book in advance

Look out for Advance tickets – they usually come out up to 12 weeks before the departure date and can be cheaper than buying on the day. If you’re here a tad early, sign up for our Advance ticket alert today to get notified when your tickets are released.

Consider a Season Ticket

If you catch this train more than 3 times per week, you could save money with a Season Ticket. With annual, monthly and weekly options available, find out if a season ticket for Liverpool to Manchester is right for you.

Use your Railcard

National Railcards offer a 1/3 off eligible train tickets in the UK and can be a great investment if you travel a few times or more in a year. Find out how you can save with a National Railcard here.

Split your tickets

Download our app to find split tickets — courtesy of SplitSave, our handy feature which 'splits' your train tickets where possible to find you a better deal. Learn more about the clever tech behind split tickets, and how to spot SplitSave discounts in our app.

For more money-saving tips on UK and European train travel, read our cheap train tickets guide.

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