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How to get to Manchester by train

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Most recognizable for its world-famous football team, Manchester is a modern, vibrant city with a diverse range of attractions that will appeal to explorers of all kinds. Often referred to as "The Capital of the North," Manchester is also known for being the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Visitors can relive this booming era by taking a trip to the Science and Industry Museum to see how this previously small town changed the world's ideas of industry and manufacturing forever. These days, Manchester is famous for its music and art scene, with it being the birthplace of bands like The Smiths and Oasis.

Art and music-lovers may want to visit Afflecks, a vast and eclectic emporium of all things indie and grunge, to purchase records, artwork, and memorabilia, among many other things. Manchester is also home to 15 parks and gardens, with Fletcher Moss Park and Botanical Gardens among the most popular. This park provides a beautiful setting for picnics and scenic walks, perfect for when you need an escape from the bustling city.

And if you really are only here for Man U, both Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium are stops on our itinerary to visit every premier league stadium in England.

With three large train stations—Piccadilly, Oxford Road, and Victoria—Manchester is easily accessible via rail. National Express and Megabus coaches also allow access from all over the country. In addition, Manchester Airport houses three large terminals, which provide global entry to the city.

What train companies travel to Manchester, United Kingdom?

Located in United Kingdom, Manchester is accessible by train from 187 other cities. You can choose from 2718 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Manchester on Wanderu. Northern Rail usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Manchester are also available..

Train companies serving Manchester

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Northern Rail1191h 0m$18.99
Transport For Wales412h 12m$34.84
TransPennine Express391h 44m$42.73
Avanti West Coast282h 11m$104.99
East Midlands Railway242h 25m$69.31
CrossCountry162h 1m$76.27
West Midlands Railway111h 57m$78.12
Great Western Railway63h 37m$181.62
Greater Anglia54h 51m$176.08
London North Eastern Railway52h 54m$100.23

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good price for a train ticket to Manchester?

$2.27 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Manchester, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Manchester. In the last month, trains from Huyton to Manchester had the lowest average price at $5.42.

Where is the train station in Manchester, United Kingdom?

The busiest train station in Manchester is Manchester Piccadilly Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular train stations in Manchester are:

  • Manchester Piccadilly Station
  • Manchester Victoria
  • Manchester Oxford Rd Station

What is the closest airport to Manchester, MAN?

The closest airport to Manchester is Manchester Airport (MAN), it is located 8.9 miles from the city center of Manchester.

Is Manchester a popular train travel destination?

Manchester ranks number 28 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 1268 in United Kingdom. Manchester has the most train connections in the region. There are 3274 train schedules arriving in Manchester each day.

What is the population of Manchester?

The population of Manchester is 395515. Manchester ranks number 27 in terms of population in Manchester and number 442 in all of United Kingdom.

How much do train tickets to Manchester cost?

Train tickets to Manchester range from $2 for a short trip to Manchester, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Manchester starts at , and a longer trip by train to Manchester can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $2 .

What train station is located closest to the city center of Manchester?

The closest train station to the city center of Manchester is Manchester Oxford Rd Station, located just 0.5 miles away. Select Manchester Oxford Rd Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Manchester. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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