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Trip Summary

There are 16 daily trains from Manchester to London. Traveling by train from Manchester to London usually takes around 3 hours and 33 minutes, but the fastest Avanti West Coast train can make the trip in 2 hours and 41 minutes.

Distance163 mi (262 km)
Fastest train2h 41m
Lowest price€33.57
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceNorthern Rail + Connections
Train lines4

Which train should you take from Manchester to London?

There are 4 train lines with service from Manchester, Manchester to London, London, City of. Northern Rail + Connections is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 6 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Avanti West Coast42h 56m€55.90
CrossCountry + Connections32h 51m€105.47
Northern Rail + Connections64h 20m€67.08
TransPennine Express + Connections33h 35m€90.77
  • Avanti West Coast

    Avanti West Coast

    Avanti West Coast train tickets from Manchester to London start from €35, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 Avanti West Coast schedules to London. Avanti West Coast in Manchester leaves from Manchester Piccadilly . And in London trains arrive at London Euston .

    From Manchester to London train travel on Avanti West Coast takes 2 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, Avanti West Coast offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Avanti West Coast offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to London.

  • CrossCountry + Connections

    CrossCountry + Connections

    CrossCountry + Connections train tickets from Manchester to London start from €105, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 CrossCountry + Connections schedules to London. CrossCountry + Connections in Manchester leaves from Manchester Piccadilly . And in London trains arrive at London Euston .

    From Manchester to London train travel on CrossCountry + Connections takes 2 hours and 51 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, CrossCountry + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, CrossCountry + Connections offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to London.

  • Northern Rail + Connections

    Northern Rail + Connections

    Northern Rail + Connections train tickets from Manchester to London start from €34, and on average cost . Daily there are 6 Northern Rail + Connections schedules to London. Northern Rail + Connections in Manchester leaves from Manchester Airport . And in London trains arrive at London Euston and one other train station.

    From Manchester to London train travel on Northern Rail + Connections takes 4 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, Northern Rail + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, Northern Rail + Connections offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to London.

  • TransPennine Express + Connections

    TransPennine Express + Connections

    TransPennine Express + Connections train tickets from Manchester to London start from €61, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 TransPennine Express + Connections schedules to London. TransPennine Express + Connections in Manchester leaves from Manchester Airport and one other station. And in London trains arrive at London Euston and one other train station.

    From Manchester to London train travel on TransPennine Express + Connections takes 3 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to London faster, TransPennine Express + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 41 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, TransPennine Express + Connections offers 3 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.

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 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 3 hours and 33 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 41 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?

Monday 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 Monday 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 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 21:00. 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 16 scheduled trains on most days. 4 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. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Manchester to London for €5.44.

City Information

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.

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?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Manchester where you can board the train to London.

All train stations in Manchester:

  • Manchester Piccadilly

  • Manchester Airport

Where is the train station in London?

Arrival stations

London receives travelers from Manchester at its two active train stations.

Train stations in London:

  • London Euston

  • St Pancras Intl

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