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Manchester to Macclesfield by train

It takes an average of 32m to travel from Manchester to Macclesfield by train, over a distance of around 16 miles (26 km). There are normally 86 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Macclesfield and tickets for this journey start from $3.53 when you book in advance.

First train

04:43

Last train

23:16

Departure station

Manchester

Arrival station

Macclesfield

Journey time

From 20m

Distance

16 miles (26 km)

Frequency

86 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $3.53

Train operators

CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

About the train journey from Manchester to Macclesfield

Want to travel from Manchester to Macclesfield by train? Start your journey with us.

The train from Manchester to Macclesfield usually takes 32 minutes on average to travel 26 km, although the quickest services can take as little as 20 minutes. You can expect to find 86 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Macclesfield, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey.

To help you get the best train deals, we'll highlight the cheapest train ticket prices from Manchester to Macclesfield in our Journey Planner. Just remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the more you'll save, as advance tickets start from $3.53.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Macclesfield, including FAQs, timetables with first and last train times and tips on booking cheap train tickets. If you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

FAQs for Manchester to Macclesfield

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

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Macclesfield is 32 minutes, with around 86 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 Macclesfield by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Macclesfield is 20 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Macclesfield cost?

Train tickets from Manchester to Macclesfield can start from as little as $3.53 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 Macclesfield?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Macclesfield without having to change trains. There are 86 direct trains from Manchester to Macclesfield 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 Macclesfield leave?

The first train from Manchester to Macclesfield leaves at 04:43. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Macclesfield leaves at 23:16. 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 Macclesfield by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Macclesfield cover a distance of around 16 miles (26 km) during the journey.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Macclesfield

Train tickets from Manchester to Macclesfield start at $3.53 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 Macclesfield 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?

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