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Trip Summary

There are 12 daily trains from Manchester to London. Traveling by train from Manchester to London usually takes around 2 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest Avanti West Coast train can make the trip in 2 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance163 mi (262 km)
Fastest train2h 6m
Lowest price€30.53
Trains per day11
Most frequent serviceAvanti West Coast
Train lines4

What is the price of a train ticket from Manchester to London?

In the last month, €37.06 was the average price of a train ticket from Manchester to London. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €49.07 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Manchester to London by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just €67 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Manchester to London in October, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €93 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to London from Manchester will be about €49.07 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Manchester to London?

There are 4 train lines with service from Manchester to London. Avanti West Coast is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 11 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Avanti West Coast112h 27m€69.20
CrossCountry12h 51m€99.22
Northern Rail14h 32m€78.42
Transport For Wales22h 40m€79.50
  • Avanti West Coast

    Avanti West Coast

    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.

  • CrossCountry

    CrossCountry

    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. The journey from Manchester to London usually takes about 2 hours and 51 minutes on a CrossCountry train. There are 1 trips on this route every day, and 2 daily trips on weekends.

  • Northern Rail

    Northern Rail

    Northern Rail train tickets from Manchester to London start from €78, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 Northern Rail schedules to London. Northern Rail in Manchester leaves from Manchester Piccadilly Station . And in London trains arrive at Euston railway station (Stop B) .

    From Manchester to London train travel on Northern Rail takes 4 hours and 32 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, Northern Rail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 6 minutes.

    If you are looking to travel to London on a weekend there is typically one Northern Rail scheduled trip per day, which will cost for a one-way weekend reservation from Manchester.

  • Transport For Wales

    Transport For Wales

    Transport For Wales train tickets from Manchester to London start from €74, and on average cost . Daily there are 2 Transport For Wales schedules to London. Transport For Wales in Manchester leaves from Manchester Piccadilly Station . And in London trains arrive at Euston railway station (Stop B) .

    From Manchester to London train travel on Transport For Wales takes 2 hours and 40 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, Transport For Wales offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 6 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Transport For Wales offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to London.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Manchester to London 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Manchester to London?

The distance between Manchester and London is approximately 163 miles, or 262 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 2 hours and 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 6 minutes. Although it takes a couple of hours each way, it's still possible to make a round trip in a single day. Since most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, you should be able to browse the Internet or get some work done during your journey.

When are trains the most crowded?

Tuesday tends to be the busiest day of the week with travelers taking trains from Manchester to London. Ticket price also tend to be more expensive on Tuesday than other days. If you are hoping to have more room on the train and even save some change check out travel options on Monday instead, as less people travel then and deals are more likely to be found.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Manchester at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 14:00. 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 Manchester to London?

There are 12 scheduled trains on most days. 11 of these are direct connections to London. 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 London to Manchester.

City Information

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.

London

One of the most important cities in the world, London is where the traditional blends seamlessly with the modern. As a vibrant modern city, London has something for everyone. For visitors interested in the Royal Family as well as their history, check out Buckingham Palace. The palace is open all days in summer, but only on selected days in winter. The Tower of London, where the crown jewels are put on exhibition, is also a great spot to check out. For fans of history, you might not want to miss out on the famous British Museum, considered by many to be the best museum in all of London. The museum currently carries an impressive collection of 8 million historic objects from all around the world, making it an eye-opening destination for many.

London’s food scene reflects its multiculturalism. Here you can find restaurants serving cuisines from various countries around the world, from India to Malaysia. If you opt for a lavish dining experience, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, run by the famous chef himself, will be a great choice. Also don’t forget to stop by at a local pub and enjoy the beer like a true Londoner.

The city’s centers of intercity rail services are King’s Cross Station and Euston Station, from which you can take a train to other places in the UK or hop on the Eurostar train to Paris and beyond. The largest coach station in the city is Victoria Coach Station, serving big local carriers like National Express. The city’s air services are fulfilled by eight airports, of which London Heathrow Airport, located west of the city, is the busiest one.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Manchester?

Main departure station: Manchester Piccadilly Station

There is one train station in Manchester.

All train stations in Manchester:

  • Manchester Piccadilly Station

Where is the train station in London?

Main arrival station: Euston railway station (Stop B)

London has one train station.

Train stations in London:

  • Euston railway station (Stop B)

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