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The train from Chester to Manchester usually takes 1 hour 31 minutes on average to travel 33 miles (53 km), although the quickest services can take as little as 50 minutes. You can expect to find 118 trains per day running on this popular route. Good news! There are direct trains available to Manchester, so you can just make yourself comfortable as soon as you board the train and just enjoy the journey. During your journey, you're likely to be travelling with Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales or East Midlands Railway, as these are the main train operators on this route.
You can save money on train tickets from Chester to Manchester if you book in advance, as tickets usually start from £6.00. You can also travel Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends – or get a Railcard and save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and get the cheapest fares.
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The average journey time by train between Chester and Manchester is 1 hour and 6 minutes, with around 118 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.
The fastest journey time by train from Chester to Manchester is 50 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Chester to Manchester can start from as little as £6 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Chester to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 118 direct trains from Chester to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Chester to Manchester leaves at 02:34. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Chester to Manchester 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.
Trains travelling from Chester to Manchester cover a distance of around 33 miles (53 km) during the journey.
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 Chester to Manchester is right for you.
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.