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Manchester to Aberdeen

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  1. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    08:27
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    11:29
    Haymarket
    Platform 3 estimated
    11:37
    Haymarket
    Platform 2 estimated
    13:49
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  2. on time
    Manchester Victoria
    Platform 6
    08:55
    Manchester Victoria
    Platform 6
    09:30
    Wigan North Western
    Platform 2 estimated
    09:38
    Wigan North Western
    Platform 5 estimated
    12:16
    Haymarket
    Platform 3 estimated
    12:35
    Haymarket
    Platform 2 estimated
    14:50
    Aberdeen
    Platform 3 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 3 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  3. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    10:26
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    13:24
    Haymarket
    Platform 3 estimated
    13:36
    Haymarket
    Platform 2 estimated
    15:50
    Aberdeen
    Platform 7S estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 7S estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  4. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    10:47
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    11:42
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    11:53
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    14:17
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    14:29
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 2 estimated
    17:04
    Aberdeen
    Platform 5 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 5 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  5. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    11:47
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    12:18
    Wigan North Western
    Platform 5 estimated
    12:25
    Wigan North Western
    Platform 5 estimated
    14:59
    Glasgow Central
    Platform 1 estimated
    14:59
    Glasgow Central
    15:39
    Glasgow Queen Street
    15:39
    Glasgow Queen Street
    Platform 7 estimated
    18:13
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    3 changes
    Peak
  6. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    12:26
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    15:36
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 11 estimated
    16:28
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 15 estimated
    19:01
    Aberdeen
    Platform 3 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 3 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
  7. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    12:47
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    13:43
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    13:53
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    16:18
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 9 estimated
    16:28
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 15 estimated
    19:01
    Aberdeen
    Platform 3 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 3 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  8. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    14:26
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    17:32
    Haymarket
    Platform 3 estimated
    17:42
    Haymarket
    Platform 2 estimated
    20:06
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    1 change
    Peak
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    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    14:47
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    15:43
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 4 estimated
    15:53
    Preston (Lancs)
    Platform 3 estimated
    18:21
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 8E estimated
    18:33
    Edinburgh (Waverley)
    Platform 19 estimated
    21:15
    Aberdeen
    Platform 5 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 5 estimated
    2 changes
    Peak
  10. on time
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    16:26
    Manchester Piccadilly
    Platform 14 estimated
    19:34
    Haymarket
    Platform 3 estimated
    19:39
    Haymarket
    Platform 2 estimated
    21:50
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    on time
    Aberdeen
    Platform 4 estimated
    1 change
    Peak

Journey information from Manchester to Aberdeen

  • Train Fares from: £21.20
  • Fastest route:
  • Slowest route:
  • Average journey time:
  • Changes: 1 to 4

Travelling from Manchester to Aberdeen by train

Manchester to Aberdeen by train is a fantastic way to view the North of England and the Scottish coast all from the comfort of a train seat. You will need to use both TransPennine Express and ScotRail trains for this route, as a change is required at Edinburgh Haymarket station. On TransPennine Express trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Haymarket, you can get free WiFi in all carriages. There's also First Class seating available on this service. You receive complimentary refreshments, bigger seats and power sockets, ideal for getting some work done.

Visit our ScotRail page for more information about onboard services for the second part of your trip.

Manchester to Aberdeen Route Information

The train from Manchester to Aberdeen is a great way see the Lake District and Scottish Lowlands, with a fantastic surprise towards the end. Leaving Manchester, you'll first make your way through the national parks in the North of England, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, truly some of England’s most spectacular views. Not long after, you'll be heading into the Scottish Lowlands and travelling through the hills towards Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, where you change at Edinburgh Haymarket station. Leaving Edinburgh behind, you'll finally reach the surprise of the trip, crossing the Forth Bridge. At 1.5 miles long, you'll cross one of Scotland’s most famous structures, and stare out into the wide mouth of the Firth of Forth as it heads into the North Sea. It doesn’t matter where you sit on the train, you're going to get an amazing view. For the rest of the journey, you'll continue to travel up the East coast of Scotland, crossing the River Tay at Dundee, before pulling into Aberdeen not long after that.

Things to do in Aberdeen

Take a look at Balmoral Castle, one of the official Royal residences for Her Majesty the Queen. A visit to the Tolbooth is highly recommended as it's a historic jail which gives you a mesmerising insight into medieval Scotland. Finally, take a trip to the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, which offers a rich history of Aberdeen’s proud nautical tradition.

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

    The average journey time between Manchester and Aberdeen is . On an average weekday, there are 94 trains travelling from Manchester to Aberdeen. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.

    Avg. Duration
  • What is the fastest journey from Manchester to Aberdeen by train?

    The fastest journey time by train is .

  • How much does the train from Manchester to Aberdeen cost?

    Train tickets from Manchester to Aberdeen can start from as little as £21.20 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

  • Are there direct trains from Manchester to Aberdeen?

    No, it is not possible to travel from Manchester to Aberdeen without having to change trains. Use our journey planner above to get direct train times from Manchester to Aberdeen.

    No direct trains possible
  • What is the distance between Manchester and Aberdeen?

    The distance between Manchester and Aberdeen is 253 miles.

    Distance: 253 miles
  • What time is the first train from Manchester to Aberdeen?

    The first train from Manchester to Aberdeen departs at .

    What time is the last train from Manchester to Aberdeen?

    The last train from Manchester to Aberdeen departs at .

    First train
    Last train
    No sleeper services are available. There may also be fewer services on weekends and public holidays; use the Journey Planner above to search for a specific train on your chosen travel date.
  • If you're like us, you've probably seen the sheer number of ticket types available in the UK and wondered ''Why are there so many?!'' Well, luckily we've put together a handy guide to all the variations of train ticket you may encounter on your travels.

    *Please note that not all types of train tickets are available for every journey. Factors such as the time, date and train company you'll be using can affect the availability of each one.

Manchester to Aberdeen timetable

Check out the next trains departing from Manchester to Aberdeen for Monday 20th Jan 2020. For the full train timetable, or to search for a later time or date, click here.

DepartsArrivesDuration
08:2713:495h 22m, 1 change
08:5514:505h 55m, 2 changes
10:2615:505h 24m, 1 change
10:4717:046h 17m, 2 changes
11:4718:136h 26m, 3 changes
12:2619:016h 35m, 1 change
12:4719:016h 14m, 2 changes
14:2620:065h 40m, 1 change
14:4721:156h 28m, 2 changes
16:2621:505h 24m, 1 change

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

How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to Aberdeen

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