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.
From 3h 8m
183 miles (295 km)
14 trains per day
Direct trains available
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.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Glasgow to Manchester is 3 hours and 8 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Glasgow to Manchester leaves at 03:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Glasgow to Manchester cover a distance of around 183 miles (295 km) during the journey.
If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester to Glasgow.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to travel from Glasgow to Manchester, choose the more sustainable option - choose train!
Taking the train instead of driving lowers your CO2 impact by a whopping 67%.* Keep it simple, keep it low-carbon.
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.
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.
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.