|Journey time||From 1h 55m|
|Distance||148 miles (238 km)|
|Frequency||3 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train operators||Avanti West Coast|
The average journey time by train between Watford and Manchester is 2 hours and 34 minutes, with around 3 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 Watford to Manchester is 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Train ticket prices from Watford to Manchester can start from as little as £24.50 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.
Yes, it is possible to travel from Watford to Manchester without having to change trains. There are 3 direct trains from Watford to Manchester each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.
The first train from Watford to Manchester leaves at 05:51. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.
The last train from Watford to Manchester leaves at 23:29. 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 Watford to Manchester cover a distance of around 148 miles (238 km) during the journey.
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