It takes an average of 5h 31m to travel from Manchester to Cambridge by train, over a distance of around 133 miles (215 km). There are normally 178 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Cambridge and tickets for this journey start from $31.81 when you book in advance.
From 3h 30m
133 miles (215 km)
178 trains per day
CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, Hull Trains, Great Northern, Greater Anglia, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Thameslink, London North Eastern Railway, Transport for Wales, Grand Central Railway
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The train from Manchester to Cambridge usually takes 5 hours 31 minutes on average to travel 215 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 3 hours 30 minutes. You can expect to find 178 trains per day running on this popular route. As there aren't any direct services running between Manchester and Cambridge, you'll need to make 1 change on your way to Cambridge.
To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Manchester to Cambridge in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $31.81.
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The average journey time by train between Manchester and Cambridge is 5 hours and 31 minutes, with around 178 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 Manchester to Cambridge is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Train tickets from Manchester to Cambridge can start from as little as $31.81 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.
No, there are no direct train services from Manchester to Cambridge. Travelling from Manchester to Cambridge by train will require a minimum of 1 change.
The first train from Manchester to Cambridge leaves at 02:37. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Manchester to Cambridge leaves at 01:42. 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 Manchester to Cambridge cover a distance of around 133 miles (215 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Cambridge to Manchester.
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