It takes an average of 56m to travel from Manchester to Liverpool by train, over a distance of around 31 miles (50 km). There are normally 240 trains per day travelling from Manchester to Liverpool and tickets for this journey start from £3.30 when you book in advance.
31 miles (50 km)
240 trains per day
Direct trains available
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.
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*Calculations are based on CO2 / passenger km, comparing an average petrol car, using statistics and conversion factors published in the government’s greenhouse gas reporting conversion factors published 7 June 2023 and revised 28 June 2023. See here for more.
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.
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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 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.
Freddie, a former Trainline employee, chose to share his experience of the journey between Manchester and Liverpool.