Travel safely - Get the latest travel advice and booking info here

Avanti West Coast
London North Eastern Railway

The best prices from hundreds of train and coach companies

Go contactless with digital tickets on your phone

Travel to thousands of destinations in 45 countries

Watford to Manchester by train

It takes an average of 2h 34m to travel from Watford to Manchester by train, over a distance of around 148 miles (238 km). There are normally 3 trains per day travelling from Watford to Manchester and tickets for this journey start from £24.50 when you book in advance.
Journey timeFrom 1h 55m
PriceFrom £24.50
Distance148 miles (238 km)
Frequency3 trains per day
First train05:51
Last train23:29
Departure stationWatford
Arrival stationManchester
ChangesDirect trains available
Train operatorsAvanti West Coast

Watford to Manchester train times

Check out the next trains departing from Watford to Manchester for Sunday 13th June 2021 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.
DepartsArrivesTrainDuration
08:10 watford junction10:53 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 43m, 1 change
09:14 watford junction12:04 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 50m, 1 change
10:19 watford junction13:05 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 46m, 1 change
11:14 watford junction13:50 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 36m, 1 change
12:23 watford junction14:31 manchester piccadillyPlat. 6 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 8m, 1 change
12:26 watford junction15:23 manchester piccadillyPlat. 6 estimatedavanti west coast Off PeakGet tickets2h 57m, 1 change
12:49 watford junction15:32 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 43m, 1 change
13:50 watford junction16:32 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 42m, 1 change
13:54 watford junction16:48 manchester piccadillyPlat. 9 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 54m, 1 change
15:20 watford junction17:32 manchester piccadillyPlat. 8 estimatedwest midlands trains Off PeakGet tickets2h 12m, 1 change

Journey details

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

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.

What's the fastest journey time between Watford and Manchester by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Watford to Manchester is 1 hour and 55 minutes.

How much does the train from Watford to Manchester cost?

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.

Is there a direct train from Watford to Manchester?

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.

What time does the first train from Watford to Manchester leave?

The first train from Watford to Manchester leaves at 05:51. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

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

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.

What's the distance between Watford and Manchester by train?

Trains travelling from Watford to Manchester cover a distance of around 148 miles (238 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Manchester to Watford.

Cheap train tickets from Watford to Manchester

Train tickets from Watford to Manchester start at £24.50 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, and even tell you when the prices are likely to increase with Price Prediction.

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 Watford 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 fares booked prior to day of travel vs full price fares on day of travel in the UK. Subject to availability. Excludes coach.

Europe’s leading train and coach app

We help customers across Europe make more than 172,000 smarter journeys every day.