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Manchester to Liverpool by train

It takes an average of 56m to travel from Manchester to Liverpool by train, over a distance of around 31 miles (50 km). There are normally 240 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Liverpool and tickets for this journey start from $4.39 when you book in advance.

First train

04:30

Last train

00:05

Departure station

Manchester

Arrival station

Liverpool

Journey time

From 37m

Distance

31 miles (50 km)

Frequency

240 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $4.39

Train operators

TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway

Traveling by train from Manchester to Liverpool in 38 minutes

Hoping to spend some time in the home of The Beatles and need more information about the journey from Manchester to Liverpool by train? You’ve come to the right place! 

Usually, you can expect the journey from Manchester to Liverpool by train to take around 54 minutes, but on the fastest services it can take as little as just 38 minutes. As there around 171 direct trains traveling the 31 miles between these two cities, you can sit back and make yourself comfortable as you don’t need to make any changes.  

On this route, you can travel with two train operators. If you travel with East Midlands Railway, you’ll board a train at Manchester Piccadilly station. If you opt for Transpennine Express, you will depart from Manchester Victoria station. No matter who you end up traveling with, you’ll enjoy onboard amenities such as free WiFi and comfortable seating. Also, on both services, your train will arrive at Liverpool Lime Street station, close to the city centre.  

From the station, you’re just a short walk from some of the city’s most famous landmarks. If you’re not sure where to start, you can’t go wrong with the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool Cathedral or the Titanic museum. Also, no trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the Beatles Story – a museum celebrating the life and music of the Fab Four. Take a look at our full Liverpool city guide for more inspiration.

If you’d like to save money on your train tickets, try traveling during Off-Peak times. In the UK, tickets tend to be cheaper outside of morning/evening rush hours on weekdays. Also, to save more money, keep an eye out for Advance tickets, as they are usually cheaper than buying tickets on the day of travel.  

Ready to start? Begin a search for cheap train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool in our Journey Planner at the top of the page. For more information about the journey, keep reading for FAQs, tips on finding cheap tickets and train timetables.

FAQs for Manchester to Liverpool

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

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Liverpool is 56 minutes, with around 240 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 Liverpool by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Liverpool is 37 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Liverpool cost?

Train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool can start from as little as $4.39 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 Liverpool?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Liverpool without having to change trains. There are 240 direct trains from Manchester to Liverpool each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Manchester to Liverpool leaves at 04:30. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Liverpool leaves at 00:05. 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 Liverpool by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Liverpool 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 Liverpool to Manchester.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool

Train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool start at $4.39 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 Manchester to Liverpool 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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What are my ticket options for this journey?

If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered "Why are there so many?!" To help, we've put together a handy guide to the main UK ticket types, simply tap the one you’re interested in to find out more.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team blog

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. We also believe about taking those journeys and sharing our experiences with you, so you can sit back, relax and get the most out of your trip.

Manchester to Liverpool on a TransPennine Express train

I travelled from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street on a TransPennine Express (TPE) service. The journey took just forty minutes, and tickets were very cheap when combined with my 16-25 Railcard. However, make sure you double-check the conditions on your ticket before travelling – I almost fell into the trap of assuming mine was an Off-Peak ticket (meaning I could take any Off-Peak service), when in fact it was an Advance Single!

Lots of services operate between the two cities daily. I could have travelled from Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road, but Victoria was the closest station to where I was staying. The Piccadilly/Oxford Road services take around twenty minutes longer but can be cheaper.

The journey

The train had one class and I didn’t have a seat reservation, so simply found a quiet spot and sat down. The journey went by smoothly, with the tall buildings in the northern part of the city quickly give way to rolling countryside.

This particular train did not have an onboard WiFi service but my phone remained connected to 4G throughout the journey. Keep an eye out for the Lime Street Tunnels (on your right) as you approach Liverpool Lime Street; it’s a very impressive entrance into a station!

I arrived into Liverpool in time to meet a friend in Concert Square, a lively spot just 10 minutes on foot from the station. All in all, a cheap and efficient journey from city to city.

Freddie, a former Trainline employee, chose to share their experience of the journey between Manchester and Liverpool.


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