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Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly by train

It takes an average of 7h 51m to travel from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly by train, over a distance of around 253 miles (408 km). There are normally 30 trains per day travelling from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly and tickets for this journey start from £22.20 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 5h 55m
PriceFrom £22.20
Distance253 miles (408 km)
Frequency30 trains per day
Departure stationAberdeen
Arrival stationManchester Piccadilly
Changes1 change
Train operatorsCrossCountry, TransPennine Express, ScotRail, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, London North Eastern Railway

Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly train times

Check out the next trains departing from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly for Sunday 9th May 2021 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
11:10 aberdeen18:36 manchester piccadillyPlat. 5 estimatedcrosscountry PeakGet tickets7h 26m, 2 changes
11:10 aberdeen18:50 manchester piccadillyPlat. 5 estimatedcrosscountry PeakGet tickets7h 40m, 1 change
13:47 aberdeen20:50 manchester piccadillyPlat. 5 estimatedlondon north eastern railway PeakGet tickets7h 3m, 1 change
21:30 aberdeen09:24 manchester piccadillyPlat. 4 estimatedcrosscountry PeakGet tickets11h 54m, 1 change
05:47 aberdeen12:41 manchester piccadillyPlat. 3 estimatedscotrail PeakGet tickets6h 54m, 3 changes

Travelling from Aberdeen to Manchester by train

Though there's no direct train from Aberdeen to Manchester, ScotRail runs services between Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and from Edinburgh there's a direct train route every two hours to Manchester Piccadilly, operated by TransPennine Express.

Free WiFi is available on this service, as well as First Class carriages for those looking to travel in style. There's also an at-seat buffet cart, allowing you to buy hot and cold drinks as well as light snacks for your journey.

For more information, visit our ScotRail page.

TransPennine Express currently offers free WiFi on all Scotland to Manchester routes. Bikes are permitted on all off-peak trains, as well as First Class carriages.

To learn more, visit our TransPennine Express page.

Route information from Aberdeen to Manchester

Starting your journey from Aberdeen, you'll be able to see some breathtaking views of Scotland´s East coast before passing through Dundee and arriving in Edinburgh, the country's capital city.

Make sure to grab a window seat on your next train so you can take in the amazing views of the Lowlands, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales en route to Manchester.

Things to do in Manchester

Manchester's Northern Quarter has loads to offer - from its thriving music scene to its art collections and locally brewed craft beers.

If you're travelling to Manchester with your family, why not pay a visit to Sea Life to see more than 5,000 sea creatures?

Another sight worth discovering is the Manchester Ship Canal. Thanks to 58 kilometres of inland waterway from the west coast, Manchester is an important port despite being 40 kilometres inland.

Manchester is also home to Europe's largest Chinese district, a must for when those hunger pangs kick in.

The city is also home to Manchester United and Manchester City, two of the most successful teams in English football. If you get the chance, purchase tickets for any match at Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly? 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 Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly take?

The average journey time by train between Aberdeen and Manchester Piccadilly is 7 hours and 51 minutes, with around 30 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 Aberdeen and Manchester Piccadilly by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly is 5 hours and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly cost?

Train ticket prices from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly can start from as little as £22.20 when you book in advance. The cost of tickets can vary depending on the time of day, route and class you book and are usually more expensive if you book on the day.

Is there a direct train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly?

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

What time does the first train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly leave?

The first train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 04:48. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly leave?

The last train from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 23:23. 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 Aberdeen and Manchester Piccadilly by train?

Trains travelling from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly cover a distance of around 253 miles (408 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Aberdeen.

Cheap train tickets from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly

Train tickets from Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly start at £22.20 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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 Aberdeen to Manchester Piccadilly 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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