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Liverpool - Manchester Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 41 daily trains from Liverpool to Manchester. Traveling by train from Liverpool to Manchester usually takes around one hour and 3 minutes, but the fastest East Midlands Railway train can make the trip in 35 minutes.

Distance31 mi (50 km)
Fastest train0h 35m
Lowest price$2.85
Trains per day103
Most frequent serviceNorthern Rail
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Liverpool to Manchester?

There are 4 train lines with service from Liverpool to Manchester. Northern Rail is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 26 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
East Midlands Railway60h 56m$11.18
Merseyrail41h 8m$12.04
Northern Rail261h 5m$21.25
TransPennine Express130h 53m$18.72
  • East Midlands Railway

    East Midlands Railway

    East Midlands Railway train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester start from $4, and on average cost . Daily there are 6 East Midlands Railway schedules to Manchester. East Midlands Railway in Liverpool leaves from Liverpool Lime Street Station and 2 other stations. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station and 4 other train stations.

    From Liverpool to Manchester train travel on East Midlands Railway takes 0 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, East Midlands Railway offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, East Midlands Railway offers 9 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

  • Merseyrail

    Merseyrail

    Merseyrail train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester start from $4, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 Merseyrail schedules to Manchester. Merseyrail in Liverpool leaves from Hunts Cross Station . And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly Station and one other train station.

    From Liverpool to Manchester train travel on Merseyrail takes 1 hours and 8 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Merseyrail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 35 minutes.

  • Northern Rail

    Northern Rail

    Northern Rail train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester start from $5, and on average cost . Daily there are 26 Northern Rail schedules to Manchester. Northern Rail in Liverpool leaves from Liverpool Lime Street Station and 10 other stations. And in Manchester trains arrive at Mauldeth Rd and 7 other train stations.

    From Liverpool to Manchester train travel on Northern Rail takes 1 hours and 5 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Northern Rail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Northern Rail offers 78 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

  • TransPennine Express

    TransPennine Express

    TransPennine Express train tickets from Liverpool to Manchester start from $3, and on average cost . Daily there are 13 TransPennine Express schedules to Manchester. TransPennine Express in Liverpool leaves from Liverpool Lime Street Station . And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Victoria and 7 other train stations.

    From Liverpool to Manchester train travel on TransPennine Express takes 0 hours and 53 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, TransPennine Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 35 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, TransPennine Express offers 19 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Liverpool to Manchester during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Liverpool to Manchester?

The distance between Liverpool and Manchester is approximately 31 miles, or 50 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 1 hour 3 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 35 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Manchester.

When are trains the most crowded?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Liverpool to Manchester on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Liverpool at 3:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Liverpool to Manchester?

There are 41 scheduled trains on most days. 103 of these are direct connections to Manchester. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Manchester to Liverpool.

City Information

Liverpool

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Although Liverpool is only England's 10th largest city, its fame ballooned as the birthplace of the world's biggest rock band: The Beatles. Visiting Liverpool would not be complete without a trip to the iconic Beatles Statue, located near the port, followed by a visit to The Beatles Story museum, where visitors can immerse themselves in the band's rise to fame.

To explore some of Liverpool's older history, the Merseyside Maritime Museum provides fascinating exhibits on the city's great port-town past, including exhibitions on the Titanic as well as the Battle of the Atlantic. Football fanatics should check out the world-famous Anfield Stadium, where regular tours help visitors revel in the history and glory of this iconic football club.

Traveling to Liverpool is easy thanks to several rail providers, which facilitate travel around the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Liverpool also has two significant bus terminals for access via coach and an international airport for those traveling from further afield.

Manchester

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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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Liverpool?

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Departure stations

Liverpool's main rail terminus, Lime Street Station, was opened in 1836, making it the oldest operating mainline rail station in the world. It receives regular services from London via TransPennine Express. Local Merseyrail services arrive and depart from under the main station concourse. Here you'll find several stores and restaurants, as well as coffee shops such as Starbucks, restrooms, and luggage lockers. Long-distance National Express and Megabus coaches depart from the bus station at Liverpool One shopping mall, a six-minute walk away.

All train stations in Liverpool:

  • Liverpool Lime Street Station

  • Roby Station

  • Broadgreen Station

  • Wavertree Technology Park

  • Edge Hill

  • Liverpool South Parkway Station

  • Halewood Station

  • Hunts Cross Station

  • West Allerton

  • Mossley Hill Station

  • Kirkby (Merseyside)

Where is the train station in Manchester?

Arrival stations

There are more train stations and stops in Manchester than most cities. Most trains from Liverpool will stop at one (or more) of the 8 following stations in Manchester:

Train stations in Manchester:

  • Mauldeth Rd

  • East Didsbury

  • Burnage

  • Deansgate

  • Manchester Oxford Rd Station

  • Manchester Piccadilly Station

  • Manchester Victoria

  • Manchester Airport

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