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Manchester to Ipswich by train

It takes an average of 6h 36m to travel from Manchester to Ipswich by train, over a distance of around 173 miles (278 km). There are normally 76 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Ipswich and tickets for this journey start from $49.67 when you book in advance.

First train

02:42

Last train

01:48

Departure station

Manchester

Arrival station

Ipswich

Journey time

From 4h 6m

Distance

173 miles (278 km)

Frequency

76 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $49.67

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Northern, East Midlands Railway, London North Eastern Railway, Grand Central Railway, London Overground, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, Greater Anglia, Avanti West Coast, Thameslink, Transport for Wales

Take the train from Manchester to Ipswich in 4 hours 6 minutes

If you want to travel from Manchester to Ipswich by train, you've come to the right place.

You can expect the journey from Manchester to Ipswich by train to take around 6 hours 36 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 4 hours 6 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 76 trains per day running on this route, which spans 278 km. You'll have to make 1 change along the way on your journey to Ipswich.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Manchester to Ipswich start from $49.67 when you book in advance.

If you want to know more about the journey, keep reading for train schedules, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs, including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

FAQs for Manchester to Ipswich

Want to know more about your journey from Manchester to Ipswich? 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 Manchester to Ipswich take?

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Ipswich is 6 hours and 36 minutes, with around 76 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 Manchester and Ipswich by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Ipswich is 4 hours and 6 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Ipswich cost?

Train tickets from Manchester to Ipswich can start from as little as $49.67 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 Manchester to Ipswich?

No, there are no direct train services from Manchester to Ipswich. Travelling from Manchester to Ipswich by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

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

The first train from Manchester to Ipswich leaves at 02:42. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Ipswich leaves at 01:48. 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 Manchester and Ipswich by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Ipswich cover a distance of around 173 miles (278 km) during the journey.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Ipswich

Train tickets from Manchester to Ipswich start at $49.67 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

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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 Manchester to Ipswich 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.

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

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What are my ticket options for this journey?

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