|Journey time||From 1h 38m|
|Distance||183 miles (295 km)|
|Frequency||57 trains per day|
|Arrival station||Gatwick Airport|
|Train operators||CrossCountry, Great Western Railway, TransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway, Avanti West Coast, Thameslink, Transport for Wales, Southern|
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.
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.
The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Gatwick Airport is 1 hour and 38 minutes.
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.
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.
The first train from Manchester to Gatwick Airport leaves at 04:11. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
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.
Trains travelling from Manchester to Gatwick Airport cover a distance of around 183 miles (295 km) during the journey.
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