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Manchester to London by train

It takes an average of 2h 28m to travel from Manchester to London by train, over a distance of around 163 miles (262 km). There are normally 61 trains per day travelling from Manchester to London and tickets for this journey start from £23 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 2h 3m
PriceFrom £23
Distance163 miles (262 km)
Frequency61 trains per day
First train04:05
Last train21:15
Departure stationManchester
Arrival stationLondon
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsAvanti West Coast

Manchester to London train times

Check out the next trains departing from Manchester to London for Tuesday 24th May 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.
11:15 13:20 2h 5m, direct
11:35 13:42 2h 7m, direct
11:55 14:03 2h 8m, direct
12:15 14:20 2h 5m, direct
12:35 14:40 2h 5m, direct
12:55 15:07 2h 12m, direct
13:15 15:27 2h 12m, direct
13:35 15:41 2h 6m, direct
13:55 16:07 2h 12m, direct
14:35 16:40 2h 5m, direct

Travelling from Manchester to London by train

Thinking about taking the train from Manchester to London? We’ve got you covered.

The train from Manchester to London usually takes around 2h 21m but can take just 2h 3m on the fastest services, with around 55 trains running on this popular route per day. Once you're on board, you can sit back and relax, as you won’t need to make any changes along the way.

You'll be travelling with Avanti West Coast on this route. All Avanti trains offer free WiFi, power sockets and plenty of room for luggage with racks at either end of the carriage and sometimes also in the middle. There’s also a well-stocked bar carriage on board where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and snacks throughout your journey. If you’re travelling in First Class, you’ll enjoy an at-seat dining menu with the added bonus of real cutlery!

How to get cheap train tickets from Manchester to London

Want to snap up the cheapest fares? Read our top tips for finding cheap train tickets from Manchester to London below or check out the latest train deals and discounts:

  • Get a Railcard: Save up to 1/3 on eligible journeys for a whole year
  • Book in advance: Most train companies in the UK usually release tickets 12 weeks in advance
  • Travel Off-Peak: Tickets are usually cheaper during quieter times on weekdays and weekends compared to Peak times
  • Use GroupSave: If you're travelling in a group of 3-9 people, you can save up to 34% on eligible journeys at Off-Peak and Super Off-Peak times
  • Split your train tickets with SplitSave, our new split-ticketing app feature.

If you want to know more about the journey to London from Manchester by train, keep reading for timetables, tips on finding cheap tickets and FAQs including first and last train times. Want to go straight to booking? Start a search with us today!

Journey details

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

The average journey time by train between Manchester and London is 2 hours and 28 minutes, with around 61 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 London by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Manchester to London is 2 hours and 3 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to London cost?

Train ticket prices from Manchester to London can start from as little as £23 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 London?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Manchester to London without having to change trains. There are 61 direct trains from Manchester to London 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 London leave?

The first train from Manchester to London leaves at 04:05. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

The last train from Manchester to London leaves at 21:15. 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 London by train?

Trains travelling from Manchester to London cover a distance of around 163 miles (262 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

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

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to London

Train tickets from Manchester to London start at £23 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 London 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 London, a First-Class experience by train

Review by Richard Keenan-Heard

After a few days in Manchester for work, it was time for the return south and home via London Euston. I always look forward to the train journey, one time I even saw Jimmy Carr onboard!

For business, I always try and book as far in advance as possible to save on the First-Class fare. Not only saving a little bit of money on the fare but also having something to look forward to on the way back.

Manchester Piccadilly is a big, light, airy railway station with plenty of eateries and shops if you need to grab anything before boarding the Avanti West Coast train. I made my way down the platform to the First-Class carriage, settling into the comfy seat and popping my phone on charge.

As always there are some great people onboarding looking after you and today was no exception. The refreshments included with the fare make it an even better journey and before you realise, the Pendolino train begins to snake its way out of the city.

Throughout the whole journey to London, I found myself staring out of the window as the countryside flew by swapping from green fields and rivers to towns and city scenes. One of the things I love about the Pendolino trains is the windows, they are huge!

I still find it remarkable that in just over 2 hours I can be from Manchester city centre to London Euston and 2/3 of the way home.


About Richard

Richard is one of our trusted, hand-picked travel writers. The information for this article was recorded first-hand, based on his own genuine experience of the journey.

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