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Manchester to Gatwick Airport by train

It takes an average of 6h 48m to travel from Manchester to Gatwick Airport by train, over a distance of around 183 miles (295 km). There are normally 57 trains per day travelling from Manchester to Gatwick Airport and tickets for this journey start from £44.70 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 38m
PriceFrom £44.70
Distance183 miles (295 km)
Frequency57 trains per day
First train04:11
Last train23:44
Departure stationManchester
Arrival stationGatwick Airport
Changes1 change
Train operatorsCrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Thameslink, Transport for Wales, Southern

Manchester to Gatwick Airport train times

Check out the next trains departing from Manchester to Gatwick Airport for Friday 19th August 2022 using our handy timetable below, including platform and live travel information. You can view the full day timetable or search for a different date here.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
07:35 manchester piccadilly10:58 gatwick airportPlat. 6 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 23m, 2 changes
07:55 manchester piccadilly11:28 gatwick airportPlat. 7 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 33m, 2 changes
08:12 manchester piccadilly11:47 gatwick airportPlat. 6 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 35m, 2 changes
08:35 manchester piccadilly12:03 gatwick airportPlat. 7 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 28m, 2 changes
09:12 manchester piccadilly12:33 gatwick airportPlat. 7 estimatedavanti west coast PeakGet tickets3h 21m, 2 changes

Travel from Manchester to Gatwick Airport by train in 1 hour 38 minutes

If you want to know more about the journey from Manchester to Gatwick Airport by train, look no further!

The average journey time from Manchester to Gatwick Airport by train is 6 hours 48 minutes, although on the fastest services it can take just 1 hour 38 minutes. You'll usually find 57 trains per day travelling the 183 miles (295 km) between these two destinations. You'll need to make 1 change along the way to Gatwick Airport. You'll be travelling with Avanti West Coast, Great Western Railway or Transport for Wales on your way to Gatwick Airport, as these are the main rail operators on this route.

Plan your trip ahead of time and book early if you want to snap up the cheapest fares. Tickets from Manchester to Gatwick Airport start from £44.70 when you book in advance, so use our Journey Planner to view the latest prices. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard are also great ways to save.

Keep reading for more information about the train journey to Gatwick Airport, including FAQs, and tips on booking cheap train tickets. Check the timetable above for live train times or if you're ready to book, just start a search for tickets with us today.

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Gatwick Airport is 6 hours and 48 minutes, with around 57 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 and Gatwick Airport by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Gatwick Airport is 1 hour and 38 minutes.

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

Train ticket prices from Manchester to Gatwick Airport can start from as little as £44.70 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 to Gatwick Airport?

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

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

The first train from Manchester to Gatwick Airport leaves at 04:11. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to Gatwick Airport leaves at 23:44. 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 and Gatwick Airport by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Gatwick Airport cover a distance of around 183 miles (295 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Gatwick Airport

Train tickets from Manchester to Gatwick Airport start at £44.70 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 to Gatwick Airport 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.

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