Trains from

London to Manchester

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Journey information from London to Manchester

  • Train Fares from: £17.50
  • Fastest route:
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  • Average journey time:
  • Changes: Direct
  • Trains per day: Around 46
  • Distance: 163 miles (262 km)
  • Train operators: Virgin Trains
  • Origin: London
  • Destination: Manchester

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London to Manchester train times information

Direct trains run from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly every 20 minutes, and average journey times are around 2 hours 10 minutes. There's an additional option once an hour to change at Warrington Bank Quay - this adds around 20 minutes to average journey times. Direct trains are run by Virgin Trains and indirect services (via Warrington Bank Quay) are run by Arriva Trains Wales.

All Virgin Trains offer Wi-Fi, power sockets (NB in standard class there are power sockets only in those seats with tables), you'll also find a shop on board selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, sandwiches, snacks, newspapers and magazines. Arriva Trains Wales also offer a range of drinks and snacks on their trains.

*Information correct at time of writing (March 2011). May be subject to change

Reviewing London to Manchester by train

5 stars - " A “First Class” experience on Virgin Trains West Coast Mainline"

The journey to which this review refers is that on a ‘Pendolino’ train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly, calling at Crewe, Wilmslow and Stockport.

Euston is not the most inspiring of the London terminals, having lost most of its character during redevelopment work in the mid-1960s including the demolition of the Arch and the Great Hall, to accommodate the electrified West Coast Main Line, and the revamped station still attracts criticism over its architecture.

However, one thing it does have in its favour is the Virgin Trains First Class Lounge. It can be found upstairs above the food court and is the place where the First Class experience begins.

The First Class Lounge at Euston

All that is needed to make use of the lounge for up to two hours before the outward journey is to present a valid Virgin Trains First Class ticket. In the Lounge are comfortable chairs and tables at which to enjoy all the free hot and cold drinks, pastries, muffins, cookies and fresh fruit. Alcoholic drinks are available at certain times during the day. There are also free newspapers and free Wi-Fi. Departure information is readily available via screens. The toilet facilities provided were also very clean and free to use.

All in all, a much nicer way to spend the time waiting for the train!

Boarding the famous Pendolino train

On boarding a First Class coach, the difference from Standard Class is immediately apparent. There are no ‘airline’ style seats and instead of having pairs of seats on each side of the central aisle, some being at tables, First Class has a single line of seats on one side and pairs of seats on the other, each seat being at a table. Every window seat has a plug point for iPhones, laptops and tablets. The seats are wider and generally more comfortable than those in Standard Class, with more leg room.

Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided in First Class.

The on-board service

All food and drink was served at the table by staff who were friendly, helpful and efficient. Unlike the current vogue for plastic cutlery during air travel, real stainless steel is the material of choice for Virgin.

Within ten minutes of leaving Euston, fresh coffee and tea were brought round, served in china mugs, followed by fresh fruit juice and cereals. Almost immediately orders were taken for breakfast itself, this being a morning journey. A good choice of food was on offer, ranging from a “Full English”, through various types of egg dishes and rolls, to smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.

Also offered were toast, marmalade and jams and fresh fruit.

Breakfast was very tasty and was served piping hot. As an additional plus free bottles of water were available as well

In summary, although travelling First Class is more expensive, as an experience it is not to be missed, even if just as a ‘one-off’.

The train journey itself

The journey from Euston to Manchester takes just over 2 hours. It is not one of Britain’s most scenic trips, but for train buffs, watch out at Crewe for the Heritage Centre on the left hand side just after Crewe North Junction signal box. The original Advanced Passenger Train can be seen in the sidings.

Brian's top tip:

Watch out for the seat sales held by most of the train operators, where tickets can be booked in advance at a good price reduction. Sometimes they will only charge £10 to upgrade to First Class.

Find out more information about how to buy cheap train tickets to Manchester.

  • How long does it take to travel from London to Manchester by train?

    The average journey time between London and Manchester is . The fastest journey time is . On an average weekday, there are 46 trains per day travelling from London to Manchester. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

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  • Are there direct trains from London to Manchester?

    Yes, it is possible to travel from London to Manchester without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from London to Manchester.

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  • What is the distance between London and Manchester?

    The distance between London and Manchester is 163 miles.

    Distance: 163 miles
  • What time is the first train from London to Manchester?

    The first train from London to Manchester departs at .

    What time is the last train from London to Manchester?

    The last train from London to Manchester departs at .

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