The average journey time by train between Leeds and Manchester Piccadilly is 1 hour and 9 minutes, with around 61 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 49 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly can start from as little as £3.80 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 61 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 02:35. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly leaves at 02:25. 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.
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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.