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Introducing TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express trains run across the north of England and Scotland, connecting major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester, LeedsGlasgow and Edinburgh under one commuter route, allowing passengers to move across the region frequently, without the cost of high-speed travel.

TransPennine Express timetables, ticket prices and services are included in our journey planner. Find out more about peak time travel, journeys and stations on the train network, plus information about cheaper train tickets.

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Peak Hour

Peak Hours

TransPennine peak hours are 7:00 to 9:00 am and 16:00 to 19:00 pm.

Contact Information

Contact Information

Customer relations: 0345 6001671
Twitter Customer Help: @TPEAssist

Cycle Policy

Cycle Policy

Bicycles are permitted on all routes that are not during Peak hours.



All Manchester to Scotland Routes currently have free Wifi on all trains, with all class 185 trains to get the same service in October 2017.

First Class

First Class

All trains have a First Class service onboard, including complimentary refreshments, bigger seats and power sockets for all electrical devices.

Lost Property

Lost Property

If you lose an item during your journey, contact the end destination of your train and they will be able to assist you.

Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly

One of the most important routes on the TransPennine Express is the Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly service. Connecting commuters between these two major cities, the route is one of the busiest and most crucial on the train network. Taking just over 3 hours, the train stops at towns such as Wigan, Preston, and Carlisle, giving passengers in that area a much easier route to the cities, cutting out the traffic of driving in. First class on TransPennine Express trains are available on all services, so an upgrade on this particular route would be beneficial for passengers moving between the cities, or those looking for a treat as they start a weekend away.

There are plenty of things to do in Manchester, it just depends on what you’re after! You can catch a Premier League game at Manchester United or Manchester City, seeing some of the world’s best footballers. You can hit the shops at the Trafford Centre, getting some retail therapy in one of the UK’s top shopping districts. If you’re travelling to Glasgow, then be sure to check out the Glasgow Botanic Gardens during the Summer time. A beautiful and quiet place for the whole family to relax, it is a great way to get away from the busy work life. Furthermore, you can explore the city with an open-top bus tour, taking in all the history and culture in one non-stop ride.

Discover where TransPennine trains can take you


Trains to Manchester


Trains to Glasgow


Trains to Edinburgh


Trains to Newcastle

TransPennine Express Routes

Train routes on this network also connect the east and west of the UK. Trains run through Newcastle, Leeds, York and the Lake District on a variety of services, making access to these cities more available to passengers on a day out or needing to make an important meeting. Most off-peak TransPennine routes run once per hour, so if connecting via Virgin or East Coast Midlands, you can time your trips with minimal waiting time between trains. TransPennine trains also serve Manchester Airport 24 hours a day, so early morning flights or late night arrivals can be accompanied with a hassle-free trip home on the train.

About TransPennine Express

TransPennine Express use modern Desiro trains for all their services, with comfortable rides, passengers will have ample space, regardless of the journey. With a number of railcards available, plus the opportunity of cheap train tickets with advance booking, there are some great ways to save money on your trip, all of which can be found on our journey planner.

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