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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 2 other cities. You can choose from 13 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Manchester on Wanderu. TransPennine Express 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
Avanti West Coast22h 18m€81.78
TransPennine Express10h 21m€6.28
FlixTrain11d 21h 2m€170.48
TransPennine Express13h 14m€74.11
  • 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.

  • Part of the FlixBus family, FlixTrain launched in 2018 to offer affordable and sustainable train travel in Germany. Its trains provide Wi-Fi, power outlets, air conditioning, onboard restrooms, and access to an entertainment portal full of movies, games, and music. In addition, each passenger gets a guaranteed seat, so you don't have to worry about standing in any aisles.

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

€39.30 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 trains from your city to Manchester. In the last month, trains from Glasgow to Manchester had the lowest average price at €61.35.

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

  • Manchester Airport Train Station
  • Manchester Piccadilly Station
  • 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. Manchester is the second most popular train destination in United Kingdom. Manchester has the most train connections in the region. There are 12 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 4 in all of United Kingdom.
Train tickets to Manchester range from 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 €39.
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 Shudehill Interchange (Stand G), located just 0.4 miles away. Select Shudehill Interchange (Stand G) 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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