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Manchester to Plymouth by train

It takes an average of 8h 23m to travel from Manchester to Plymouth by train, over a distance of around 229 miles (369 km). There are normally 50 trains per day traveling from Manchester to Plymouth and tickets for this journey start from $65.78 when you book in advance.

First train

3:44 am

Last train

11:32 pm

Departure station

Manchester

Arrival station

Plymouth

Journey time

From 5h 17m

Distance

229 miles (369 km)

Frequency

50 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From $65.78

Train operators

CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales

Travel from Manchester to Plymouth by train in 5 hours 17 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Manchester to Plymouth by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Manchester to Plymouth by train is 8 hours 23 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 5 hours 17 minutes. You'll usually find 50 trains per day traveling the 369 km between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way as there are no direct services to Plymouth.

Book train tickets from Manchester to Plymouth in advance instead of buying them on the day and they can start from $65.78. We'll always highlight the cheapest prices when you search in our Journey Planner.

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets with us today. Keep reading for more information, including our train schedule where you can view first and last train times, as well as tips on how to find cheap train tickets.

FAQs for Manchester to Plymouth

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

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Plymouth is 8 hours and 23 minutes, with around 50 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 Plymouth by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Plymouth is 5 hours and 17 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Plymouth cost?

Train tickets from Manchester to Plymouth can start from as little as $65.78 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 Plymouth?

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

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

The first train from Manchester to Plymouth leaves at 03:44. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Plymouth leaves at 23:32. 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 Plymouth by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Plymouth cover a distance of around 229 miles (369 km) during the journey.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Plymouth

Train tickets from Manchester to Plymouth start at $65.78 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 Plymouth 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

What are my ticket options for this journey?

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