It takes an average of 2h 46m to travel from London to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 163 miles (262 km). There are normally 85 trains per day traveling from London to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from $24.59 when you book in advance.
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163 miles (262 km)
85 trains per day
Direct trains available
Planning a trip to the Northwest and need more information on how to travel by train from London to Manchester? We’ve got you covered!
Generally, the journey from London to Manchester by train takes around 2 hours and 35 minutes. However, if you want to get there quickly, the fastest services can take you there in as little as 2 hours and 3 minutes. With around 97 direct trains running on this popular route each day, you can sit back and make yourself comfortable as you don’t need to make any changes.
On this route, you’ll board an Avanti West Coast train at London Euston station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can begin to enjoy the onboard amenities, such as free WiFi, power sockets and at-seat catering. If you prefer to travel in style, why not upgrade to Standard Premium Class or First Class? With the latter, you’ll enjoy more legroom, a guaranteed table and complimentary food and drink. In just over 2 hours, your train will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.
As soon as you’ve exited the station, you can begin to explore everything there is to see and do in Manchester. Not sure where to begin? Check out our guide to the best things to do in Manchester, including a trip to Manchester Art Gallery and the National Football Museum.
Looking to buy cheaper train tickets? Try to travel at Off-Peak times – outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. Also, try to book an Advance ticket, they are usually released 12 weeks before the departure date and tend to be a lot cheaper than purchasing tickets on the day of travel.
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The average journey time by train between London and Manchester is 2 hours and 46 minutes, with around 85 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.
The fastest journey time by train from London to Manchester is 2 hours and 6 minutes.
Train tickets from London to Manchester can start from as little as $24.59 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 85 direct trains from London to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from London to Manchester leaves at 05:10. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from London to Manchester leaves at 22:03. 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.
Trains travelling from London to Manchester cover a distance of around 163 miles (262 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester to London.
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 London to Manchester is right for you.
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.
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.
Avanti West Coast is one of the major rail operators in the UK. Having taken over the running of the West Coast Main Line in 2019, it now provides services from London Euston and several of the UK’s larger stations including Birmingham New Street, Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street.
Many journeys are on high-speed services where you don’t need to change trains, so Avanti West Coast is a great alternative to flying if you’re looking to explore up and down the country.
There are three classes on Avanti West Coast services between London and Manchester. As well as Standard and First Class, there’s also Standard Premium Class, which includes some of the perks of First Class at a cheaper price, for a little touch of luxury on your journey.
In Avanti West Coast’s Standard Class, you’ll benefit from free WiFi and the ability to order your food and drink to your seat.
In Avanti Standard Premium Class, exclusive to Avanti West Coast, you’ll get all the amenities of Standard Class plus some extras from First Class, including wider, comfier seats.
Avanti West Coast’s First Class offers a little luxury when traveling by train: you’ll get free food and drink, as well as First Class Lounge access at London Euston before you catch your train.
Avanti West Coast offers a service that allows you to order food and drink during your journey and have it delivered to your seat.
The service is available on all Avanti trains – just log onto the free onboard WiFi and you'll be able to order and pay for your items on a dedicated page. Your food and drink will then be brought to your seat by the staff on board.
If you want to stretch your legs, there's also a click-and-collect option on Pendolino trains. You'll receive a notification when your order is ready, then just visit the onboard shop to collect your food and drink.
In First Class, Avanti West Coast serves free food and drinks throughout your journey. The menu can change depending on the type of train you're traveling on and the time/day of your journey. Here's an idea of what you can expect during your journey:
Learn more about the services offered on board Avanti West Coast trains from London to Manchester.
If you’re visiting London from abroad, you might be flying into one of London’s airports. Want to know how to get to central London from the airport? Keep reading for more details.
London has six major airports:
Each airport is well-connected to central London (zone 1) thanks to the city’s extensive rail and bus network. Trains are typically the quickest way to get from any airport to the city center. Read more about UK airport transfers in our guide.
London Euston station is conveniently located in the heart of the capital. If you’re in the city center, you can simply walk to the station to catch your train. Alternatively, you can travel to the station by:
When traveling from London to Manchester, your train will arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station. To get into the city center from Manchester Piccadilly, you can travel in a few ways:
Read on for more information about navigating the public transportation system in Manchester.
Manchester has an extensive tram network called Metrolink. There are seven tram lines serving different parts of the city, with many lines stopping at the city’s train stations – so it’s easy to get around!
Generally, Metrolink services run from 06:00 am until midnight, Monday to Saturday. Metrolink’s Sunday hours are between 07:00 am and midnight. Individual services may differ, so it’s a good idea to check online before you travel.
Manchester has frequent bus services operating to help you get around. There’s a free bus in the city center which has two circular routes – this runs approximately every ten minutes during the day, though exact times may vary. You can use these bus services to get between the different train stations in Manchester, or to explore the city while giving your feet a rest!
There are also paid bus services operated by First and Stagecoach which extend into Greater Manchester.
Looking for something to do on your trip to Manchester? We’ve got a selection of guides which will help you decide what to get up to:
Once you’ve finished exploring Manchester, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.
You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.