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Glasgow to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 3h 24m to travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (295 km). There are normally 39 trains per day travelling from Glasgow to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from £14.30 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 3h 10m
PriceFrom £14.30
Distance183 miles (295 km)
Frequency39 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 Sunday 5th December 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
09:34 glasgow central12:56 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 22m, 1 change
10:38 glasgow central13:54 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 16m, 1 change
11:07 glasgow central14:26 manchester piccadillyPlat. 5 estimatedtranspennine express Off PeakGet tickets3h 19m, direct
11:35 glasgow central14:56 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 21m, 1 change
12:35 glasgow central16:00 manchester piccadillyPlat. 2 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 25m, 1 change
13:32 glasgow central17:01 manchester piccadillyPlat. 2 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 29m, 1 change
14:05 glasgow central17:24 manchester piccadillyPlat. 7 estimatedtranspennine express Off PeakGet tickets3h 19m, 1 change
14:35 glasgow central17:55 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 20m, 1 change
15:35 glasgow central19:00 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 25m, 1 change
16:38 glasgow central20:15 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 37m, 1 change
17:34 glasgow central20:56 manchester piccadillyPlat. 2 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets3h 22m, 1 change
19:00 glasgow central07:22 manchester victoriaPlat. 5 estimatedcrosscountry PeakGet tickets12h 22m, 1 change

Travelling from Glasgow to Manchester by train

If you want to travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, you've come to the right place.

The train from Glasgow to Manchester usually takes around 3h 25m but can take just 3h 8m on the fastest services, with around 26 trains running on this popular route per day. Once you're on board, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes along the way.

You’ll be travelling on a TransPennine Express service on this route. These trains offer comfortable seating, free WiFi and plenty of space for luggage during your journey.

Want to get the best train deals? Travel Off-Peak – we’ll highlight the cheapest Off-Peak train tickets in our Journey Planner. If you’re travelling by train quite frequently, why not get a Railcard – you'll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.

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

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 24 minutes, with around 39 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 10 minutes.

How much does the train from Glasgow to Manchester cost?

Train ticket prices from Glasgow to Manchester can start from as little as £14.30 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 39 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 £14.30 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, 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 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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