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Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 53m to travel from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 33 miles (53 km). There are normally 106 trains per day travelling from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from £3.50 when you book in advance.

First train

05:24

Last train

23:43

Departure station

Stoke-on-Trent

Arrival station

Manchester

Journey time

From 35m

Distance

33 miles (53 km)

Frequency

106 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From £3.50

Train operators

CrossCountry, Avanti West Coast

How to travel from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester by train

Want to find out more about taking the train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester? Look no further.

You'll usually find 106 trains per day running between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester, which usually take 53 minutes to complete the 33 miles (53 km) journey. It can take as little as 35 minutes on the fastest services though, if you want to get there as quickly as possible. As soon as you board the train, you'll be able to make yourself comfortable and enjoy the journey as there are direct services available. Both Avanti West Coast and CrossCountry trains operate on this route, offering modern comfortable services with plenty of room for luggage as standard.

Use our Journey Planner at the top of the page to search for cheap ticket prices and we'll show you how much you can save. Tickets from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester start from £3.50 when you book in advance. Travelling Off-Peak or using a Railcard can also help you save.

Keen to book your train tickets to Manchester? No need to wait, start a search with us today! If you want to find out a bit more about the journey first, you can find our train timetable with live train times above, and tips on booking cheap tickets and our FAQs further down the page.

Journey details

Want to know more about your journey from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester? 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 Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester take?

The average journey time by train between Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester is 53 minutes, with around 106 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 Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester is 35 minutes.

How much does the train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester cost?

Train ticket prices from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester can start from as little as £3.50 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 Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 106 direct trains from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester leave?

The first train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester leaves at 05:24. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester leave?

The last train from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester leaves at 23:43. 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 Stoke-on-Trent and Manchester by train?

Trains travelling from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester cover a distance of around 33 miles (53 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent.

Cheap train tickets from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester

Train tickets from Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester start at £3.50 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 Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester 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.

Advance adult single fare. Excludes booking fee. Prices seen by Trainline customers in the last 30 days. Availability limited.
† Average savings on advance fares booked at least one week before day of travel vs Anytime fares purchased on day of travel. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

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