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Glasgow to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 3h 25m to travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (295 km). There are normally 14 trains per day travelling from Glasgow to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from £14.40 when you book in advance.

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From 3h 8m


183 miles (295 km)


14 trains per day


Direct trains available


From £14.40

Train operators

TransPennine Express

Glasgow to Manchester train times

Check out the next trains departing from Glasgow to Manchester for Thursday 7th December 2023 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.
04:28 glasgow central07:58 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast Get tickets3h 30m, 1 change
04:52 glasgow central08:27 manchester piccadillyPlat. 4 estimatedtranspennine express Get tickets3h 35m, direct
05:33 glasgow central08:58 manchester piccadillyPlat. 2 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 25m, 1 change
05:48 glasgow central09:09 manchester victoriaPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 21m, 1 change
06:30 glasgow central09:58 manchester piccadillyPlat. 1 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 28m, 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.  

Train travel is significantly better for the environment than other modes of transport, such as car and plane. In fact, you save 67% on CO2 emissions when you choose train over car*.

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 25 minutes, with around 14 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 £14.40 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 14 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 20:06. 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 £14.40 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.

Why should I travel by train from Glasgow to Manchester?

If you want to travel from Glasgow to Manchester, choose the more sustainable option - choose train!

Go green

Taking the train instead of driving lowers your CO2 impact by a whopping 67%.* Keep it simple, keep it low-carbon.

Save time & money

What's faster or cheaper than driving from Glasgow to Manchester? Ah yes, that'd be the train. Cheaper even without a Railcard, too. Win for you. Win for the planet.

Bikes on board

In the UK, you can take your bike on the train, for free! Cool, huh? And, thanks to our bike reservation feature, travelling with your bike has never been easier.

Travel in style

Unlike flying or driving, going by train means no extra luggage charges or parking costs. Plus, you step off the train, right into the city-centre. Aaaand relax.

* Calculations are based on CO2 / passenger km, comparing an average petrol car, using statistics and conversion factors published in the government’s greenhouse gas reporting conversion factors published 7 June 2023 and revised 28 June 2023. See here for more.

Between Glasgow and Manchester, 77% of journeys sold on Trainline from May 2022 to May 2023 were cheaper and faster by rail vs car.

† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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