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Manchester to Liverpool by train

It takes an average of 55m to travel from Manchester to Liverpool by train, over a distance of around 31 miles (50 km). There are normally 145 trains per day travelling from Manchester to Liverpool and tickets for this journey start from £2.90 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 38m
PriceFrom £2.90
Distance31 miles (50 km)
Frequency145 trains per day
First train04:22
Last train23:38
Departure stationManchester
Arrival stationLiverpool
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsTransPennine Express, East Midlands Railway

Manchester to Liverpool train times

Check out the next trains departing from Manchester to Liverpool for Tuesday 12th July 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.
12:46 13:59 1h 13m, direct
13:21 14:03 42m, direct
13:22 14:28 1h 6m, direct
13:39 14:27 48m, direct
13:46 14:59 1h 13m, direct
14:22 15:01 39m, direct
14:22 15:25 1h 3m, direct
14:39 15:27 48m, direct
14:46 15:59 1h 13m, direct
15:22 16:05 43m, direct

Travelling from Manchester to Liverpool by train in 38m

Thinking of spending some time in the home of The Beatles and need more information on how to take the train from Manchester to Liverpool? We’ve got you covered! 

On average, the train from Manchester to Liverpool takes around 53m, but can take just 38m on the fastest services. With around 203 direct trains running on this popular route each day from Manchester to Liverpool, there’s no need to change along the way. 

When travelling on this route, you’ll board either a Transpennine Express from Manchester Victoria station or an East Midlands Railways service from Manchester Piccadilly station. Either way, you’ll arrive at Liverpool Lime Street in no time! If you like travelling in style, why not upgrade to First Class? On a TransPennine Express service, you’ll enjoy a selection of complimentary snacks and drinks, as well as reclining seats and generous legroom. With East Midlands Railway, you’ll take advantage of a complimentary breakfast, wider tables, free WiFi and quieter carriages.  

Located where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea, Liverpool is a historic maritime city, revered for its deep-rooted connection to music, sport and history. Once you’ve arrived at Liverpool Lime Street station, you’re well positioned to start exploring the city. Not sure where to start? You can’t go wrong with Liverpool Cathedral, the Royal Albert Dock and the Beatles Story – a museum celebrating the life and work of the Fab Four.  

If you want to save money on your train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool, try travelling Off-Peak – tickets are usually cheaper if you travel during quieter times on weekdays and weekends. Also, get yourself a Railcard and you’ll save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year. Head to our Journey Planner at the top of the page to compare ticket prices and book the cheapest fares.  

Keen to book? There’s no need to wait, start a search for cheap train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool with us today! However, if you want to learn a bit more about the journey first, continue reading for our train timetable, tips on booking cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times.  

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Manchester to Liverpool? 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 Liverpool take?

The average journey time by train between Manchester and Liverpool is 55 minutes, with around 145 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 Liverpool by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to Liverpool is 38 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Liverpool cost?

Train ticket prices from Manchester to Liverpool can start from as little as £2.90 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 Liverpool?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to Liverpool without having to change trains. There are 145 direct trains from Manchester to Liverpool each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Manchester to Liverpool leave?

The first train from Manchester to Liverpool leaves at 04:22. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Manchester to Liverpool leave?

The last train from Manchester to Liverpool leaves at 23:38. 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 Liverpool by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to Liverpool cover a distance of around 31 miles (50 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Liverpool to Manchester. If you’re looking for other options, you can also catch the bus from Manchester to Liverpool.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool

Train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool start at £2.90 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 Liverpool 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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Manchester to Liverpool on a TransPennine Express train

Review by Freddie Larkins

I travelled from Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street on a TransPennine Express (TPE) service. The journey took just forty minutes, and tickets were very cheap when combined with my 16-25 Railcard. However, make sure you double-check the conditions on your ticket before travelling – I almost fell into the trap of assuming mine was an Off-Peak ticket (meaning I could take any Off-Peak service), when in fact it was an Advance Single!

Lots of services operate between the two cities daily. I could have travelled from Manchester Piccadilly or Manchester Oxford Road, but Victoria was the closest station to where I was staying. The Piccadilly/Oxford Road services take around twenty minutes longer but can be cheaper.

The journey

The train had one class and I didn’t have a seat reservation, so simply found a quiet spot and sat down. The journey went by smoothly, with the tall buildings in the northern part of the city quickly give way to rolling countryside.

This particular train did not have an onboard WiFi service but my phone remained connected to 4G throughout the journey. Keep an eye out for the Lime Street Tunnels (on your right) as you approach Liverpool Lime Street; it’s a very impressive entrance into a station!

I arrived into Liverpool in time to meet a friend in Concert Square, a lively spot just 10 minutes on foot from the station. All in all, a cheap and efficient journey from city to city.

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