Want to spend some time exploring fascinating museums and trendy shops and looking for more information on how to travel by train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly? Start your journey here!
Usually, the journey from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly by train takes around 1h 13m, but can be as quick as 50m on the fastest TransPennine Express services. As there are around 61 direct trains available from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly, you don’t need to worry about changing along the journey either.
On this route, you’ll board a train at Leeds station. Once you’ve found your seat, you can take advantage of the onboard amenities including free WiFi and comfortable seating. In just 50 minutes, you will travel through 36 miles of Great British countryside and arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.
After exiting the station, you’re just a short walk from the city centre. From here, you can easily reach Manchester’s most popular landmarks including the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and National Football Museum. For more inspiration, check out our guide to the best things to do in Manchester.
If you’d like to snap up the cheapest train tickets, try travelling Off-Peak, as tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times. Also, if you tend to travel by train a few times a year, why not get a Railcard? You’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year.
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The average journey time by train between Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly is 1 hour and 12 minutes, with around 51 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 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly is 50 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly can start from as little as £3.50 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 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly without having to change trains. There are 51 direct trains from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 02:31. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 02:29. 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 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly cover a distance of around 36 miles (57 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 Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly 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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My journey from Leeds to Manchester took just over an hour. I travelled on a TransPennine Express train, the main operator of services on the Leeds-Manchester route.
I was travelling with an Off-Peak single ticket, meaning I had lots of choices over which train I took. I had to be in Manchester by 5 pm, so I took the 15:45 service. I stated my seat preference on Trainline and could therefore secure a seat reservation; window-side and forward-facing is always my choice. Combined with my 16-25 Railcard I got a very good price on my ticket.
The journey went by very smoothly. I made use of the free WiFi on board, which was serviceable if a little slow in places. The scenery on the Yorkshire-Lancashire border is very pleasant, although I spent most of the journey with my nose in a book!
I was travelling in Standard Class, which was perfectly comfortable, but I also had a peek into First Class. Seats were arranged in a 2+1 formation, and they looked to be roomier and more comfortable than Standard Class seats. Nonetheless, Standard Class served my purposes just fine!
Arriving into Manchester
Manchester Piccadilly is conveniently located in the city centre. I was meeting a friend in the Northern Quarter so the station couldn’t have been better placed to meet them. A short walk up the road got me to the trendy bars and shops to begin my weekend in Manchester.