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Glasgow to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 3h 21m to travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (295 km). There are normally 28 trains per day travelling from Glasgow to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from £13.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 8m
PriceFrom £13.30
Distance183 miles (295 km)
Frequency28 trains per day
First train03:22
Last train19:15
Departure stationGlasgow
Arrival stationManchester
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsTransPennine Express

Glasgow to Manchester train times

Check out the next trains departing from Glasgow to Manchester for Dienstag 23. August 2022 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.
09:40 13:15 3h 35m, 1 change
09:45 14:15 4h 30m, 2 changes
09:45 15:08 5h 23m, 2 changes
11:07 14:24 3h 17m, direct
11:33 14:57 3h 24m, 1 change
12:05 15:24 3h 19m, 1 change
12:40 15:57 3h 17m, 1 change
13:09 16:24 3h 15m, direct
13:35 16:58 3h 23m, 1 change
14:34 18:15 3h 41m, 1 change

Travelling from Glasgow to Manchester by train

Considering a trip over the border and need more information on how to travel by train from Glasgow to Manchester? You’ve come to the right place! 

The journey from Glasgow to Manchester by train takes around 3h 23m, but can take just 3h 8m on the fastest TransPennine Express services, with around 26 direct trains running on this route each day. Once you’ve boarded the train, you can sit back and relax, as you don’t need to make any changes along the way.  

When travelling on this popular route between these two cities, you’ll hop on a train at Glasgow Central station. Then, you can start to take advantage of the onboard amenities, including comfortable seating, free WiFi and plenty of luggage space. If you fancy treating yourself, why not upgrade to First Class? You’ll enjoy reclining seats, more legroom and complimentary food and drink. In just over 3 hours, you’ll arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station. 

From here, you’re well positioned to start exploring the city. Unsure where to start? Head over to our guide to the best things to do in Manchester, including a trip to Old Trafford, an evening of entertainment in the Northern Quarter and a visit to the Manchester Art Gallery.  

Want to snap up the best train deals? Try travelling Off-Peak as tickets are generally cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. If you tend to travel by train frequently, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.  

Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today for cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Manchester. If you want to know more about the journey first, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap train tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Glasgow and Manchester is 3 hours and 21 minutes, with around 28 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 Glasgow and Manchester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to Manchester is 3 hours and 8 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to Manchester cost?

Train ticket prices from Glasgow to Manchester can start from as little as £13.30 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 Glasgow to Manchester?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Glasgow to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 28 direct trains from Glasgow to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

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

The first train from Glasgow to Manchester leaves at 03:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Glasgow to Manchester leaves at 19:15. 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 Glasgow and Manchester by train?

Trains travelling from Glasgow to Manchester cover a distance of around 183 miles (295 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Glasgow to Manchester

Train tickets from Glasgow to Manchester start at £13.30 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 Glasgow to Manchester 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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