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About Manchester

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 10 other cities. You can choose from 96 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Manchester on Wanderu. Avanti West Coast 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 Rail120h 45m€4.55
Avanti West Coast72h 19m€86.28
East Midlands Railway60h 39m€11.26
West Midlands Railway62h 26m€58.17
Great Western Railway53h 36m€156.41
Southeastern53h 47m€139.44
South Western Railway54h 8m€134.85
Transport For Wales50h 53m€12.32
TransPennine Express50h 59m€10.84
CrossCountry51h 32m€36.97
  • Avanti West Coast is one of the primary rail links between London and Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow, and Edinburgh. On any given day, Avanti West Coast operates almost 300 routes and departs hourly from select destinations.

  • Southeastern is a rail franchise that operates passenger train services between central London and southeast England. The company's fleet of over 300 trains stops at 180 stations across London, Kent, and East Sussex, and standard and first-class fares are available. First-class passengers enjoy dedicated areas, larger seats, more legroom, and a quieter travel experience. Onboard restrooms are available for all passengers.

  • UK's South Western Railway operates passenger rail services in London's, Windsor, Reading, and Southampton. Both standard class and first-class seating are available, with the first-class section clearly marked and physically separated from the rest of the train by internal doorways. These cars offer more space and quiet away from the more crowded areas.

  • CrossCountry operates an extensive rail network in the U.K., centered in Birmingham. In standard class, passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, power outlets, and onboard restrooms. Trains also contain a small café or a trolley that passes through the carriages. An upgrade to first-class gives passengers more legroom and complimentary food.

Which train service has the best service to Manchester?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Manchester by train with Avanti West Coast giving them a 3.5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Avanti West Coast had the most comfortable train service to Manchester taking into account the seats and amenities that Avanti West Coast offers. They rate Avanti West Coast a 4.5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Manchester punctually, travelers suggest that Avanti West Coast has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Manchester, rating them a 3 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

€2.34 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 Wigan to Manchester had the lowest average price at €3.31.

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
The closest airport to Manchester is Manchester Airport (MAN), it is located 8.9 miles from the city center of Manchester.
Manchester is the most popular train destination in Manchester. It also ranks number 37 in United Kingdom. Manchester has the most train connections in the region. There are 81 train schedules arriving in Manchester each day.
The population of Manchester is 395515. Manchester ranks number 1 in terms of population in Manchester and number 10 in all of United Kingdom.
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.
Taking a train to Manchester is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that train travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the train to Manchester a great option when planning your next vacation.
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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