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Manchester Airport to Leicester by train

It takes an average of 4h 27m to travel from Manchester Airport to Leicester by train, over a distance of around 70 miles (112 km). There are normally 87 trains per day travelling from Manchester Airport to Leicester and tickets for this journey start from £16.30 when you book in advance.

First train

03:07

Last train

01:13

Departure station

Manchester Airport

Arrival station

Leicester

Journey time

From 2h 0m

Distance

70 miles (112 km)

Frequency

87 trains per day

Changes

1 change

Price

From £16.30

Train operators

CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales

How to travel from Manchester Airport to Leicester by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Manchester Airport to Leicester? Look no further.

You'll usually find 87 trains per day running between Manchester Airport and Leicester, which usually take 4 hours 27 minutes to complete the 70 miles (112 km) journey. It can take as little as 2 hours on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. Although there aren't any direct services on this line, it's still easy to travel to Leicester by train, you'll just need to make 1 change along the way. Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales or East Midlands Railway are the main rail operators on this route, all of which offer modern trains with plenty of space for luggage and comfortable seating.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Manchester Airport to Leicester start from £16.30 when you book in advance. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard can also help you save.

Keen to book your train tickets to Leicester? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable with live train times above, and tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs further down the page.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Manchester Airport to Leicester? 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 Manchester Airport to Leicester take?

The average journey time by train between Manchester Airport and Leicester is 4 hours and 27 minutes, with around 87 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 Manchester Airport and Leicester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester Airport to Leicester is 2 hours and 0 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester Airport to Leicester cost?

Train ticket prices from Manchester Airport to Leicester can start from as little as £16.30 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 Manchester Airport to Leicester?

No, there are no direct train services from Manchester Airport to Leicester. Travelling from Manchester Airport to Leicester by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

What time does the first train from Manchester Airport to Leicester leave?

The first train from Manchester Airport to Leicester leaves at 03:07. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Manchester Airport to Leicester leave?

The last train from Manchester Airport to Leicester leaves at 01:13. 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 Manchester Airport and Leicester by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester Airport to Leicester cover a distance of around 70 miles (112 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Leicester to Manchester Airport.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester Airport to Leicester

Train tickets from Manchester Airport to Leicester start at £16.30 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 Manchester Airport to Leicester 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.
† 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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