|Journey time||From 1h 55m|
|Distance||148 miles (238 km)|
|Frequency||2 trains per day|
|Changes||Direct trains available|
|Train operators||Avanti West Coast|
If you want to travel from Watford to Manchester by train, you've come to the right place.
You can expect the journey from Watford to Manchester by train to take around 3 hours 43 minutes. If you want to get there as quickly as possible, it can take as little as 1 hour 55 minutes on the fastest services. You'll usually find around 2 trains per day running on this route, which spans 148 miles (238 km). There's no need for any changes along the way, as there are direct trains available to Manchester. You can travel on this route with either Avanti West Coast, Transport for Wales or East Midlands Railway. As the main train operators on this route, all offer comfortable seating and plenty of space for luggage as standard.
Train tickets from Watford to Manchester start from £26.10 when you book in advance, which can be cheaper than buying them on the day. Travelling during Off-Peak times or using a Railcard can also help you save money on train travel. Start a search in our Journey Planner to check out the latest prices.
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The average journey time by train between Watford and Manchester is 2 hours and 32 minutes, with around 2 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 £26.10 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 2 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 21:12. 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.
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 Watford to Manchester is right for you.
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