Cheap train tickets from London to Manchester

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How much are train tickets from London to Manchester?

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Fastest2h 3m
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How do you find cheap train tickets from London to Manchester?

The most surefire way to find the lowest-priced train tickets from London to Manchester is to plan ahead and book your train travel earlier. In the past 30 days, the cheapest average price users have found for trains from London to Manchester was $64.94. If your travel date is still a number of days out, by booking your trip 12 days before you plan to travel, you could save an average of $35.92 compared to a typical last-minute fare. Trying to save on a last-minute fare and have a bit of flexibility on what day to travel? Take a look at midweek schedules, as these tend to be less busy and are often cheaper than buying tickets to travel on Friday, or a weekend departure.

How long is the train ride from London to Manchester?

The distance between London and Manchester is approximately 162.88 miles, or 262.07 kilometers. The average travel time for a train between these two cities is around 3 hours and 10 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 2 hours and 3 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

What is the busiest day for trains from London to Manchester?

On Monday trains from London to Manchester are the busiest. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or to have extra room to stretch out, you might consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as that tends to be the least traveled day of the week.

Virgin Trains + Connections has the most connections between London to Manchester

Typically there are 21 schedules to compare for your trip to Manchester. On the route to Manchester 9 train carriers currently offer tickets for sale. Virgin Trains + Connections offers the most scheduled departures between London to Manchester, usually offering 7 trips per day. 6 train trips per day are direct connections to Manchester, if you're looking to get there faster, direct schedules will typically be more time efficient.

Are you not set on traveling by train? Take a look at Bus tickets from London to Manchester, which start at $7.05.

Here are the 9 train companies that operate from London to Manchester

East Midlands Trains + Connections

East Midlands Trains + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $40.57, and on average cost $84.90. Daily there are 1 East Midlands Trains + Connections schedules to Manchester. East Midlands Trains + Connections in London leaves from St Pancras Intl, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Airport and 2 other train stations.

From London to Manchester train travel on East Midlands Trains + Connections takes 8 hours and 56 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, East Midlands Trains + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Manchester on a weekend there is typically one East Midlands Trains + Connections scheduled trip per day, which will cost $78.56 for a one-way weekend reservation from London.

WiFi
Snacks
Avg. Time
8h 56m
Avg. Price
$84.90

London North Eastern Railway + Connections

London North Eastern Railway + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $151.90, and on average cost $151.90. Daily there are 2 London North Eastern Railway + Connections schedules to Manchester. London North Eastern Railway + Connections in London leaves from London Kings Cross, And in Manchester trains arrive at Moston,

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

If you're considering a weeked trip, London North Eastern Railway + Connections offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $151.90 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Snacks
Beverage
Avg. Time
3h 35m
Avg. Price
$151.90

London Overground + Connections

London Overground + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $33.35, and on average cost $93.10. Daily there are 12 London Overground + Connections schedules to Manchester. London Overground + Connections in London leaves from Shepherd'S Bush and 2 other stations. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly,

From London to Manchester train travel on London Overground + Connections takes 3 hours and 18 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, London Overground + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, London Overground + Connections offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $67.52 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Avg. Time
3h 18m
Avg. Price
$93.10

Southern + Connections

Southern + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $35.92, and on average cost $118.27. Daily there are 8 Southern + Connections schedules to Manchester. Southern + Connections in London leaves from Balham Station and 5 other stations. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly,

From London to Manchester train travel on Southern + Connections takes 3 hours and 40 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Southern + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Southern + Connections offers 10 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $88.09 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Avg. Time
3h 40m
Avg. Price
$118.27

South Western Railway + Connections

South Western Railway + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $59.14, and on average cost $63.64. Daily there are 2 South Western Railway + Connections schedules to Manchester. South Western Railway + Connections in London leaves from Mortlake, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly,

From London to Manchester train travel on South Western Railway + Connections takes 3 hours and 28 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, South Western Railway + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, South Western Railway + Connections offers 2 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $63.64 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Snacks
Beverage
Avg. Time
3h 28m
Avg. Price
$63.64

Thameslink + Connections

Thameslink + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $115.41, and on average cost $176.73. Daily there are 7 Thameslink + Connections schedules to Manchester. Thameslink + Connections in London leaves from West Hampstead Thameslink and 7 other stations. And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly,

From London to Manchester train travel on Thameslink + Connections takes 4 hours and 16 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Thameslink + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Thameslink + Connections offers 7 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $117.50 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Avg. Time
4h 16m
Avg. Price
$176.73

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains train tickets from London to Manchester start from $30.85, and on average cost $64.09. Daily there are 6 Virgin Trains schedules to Manchester. Virgin Trains in London leaves from London Euston, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly,

From London to Manchester train travel on Virgin Trains takes 2 hours and 15 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Virgin Trains offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Virgin Trains offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $53.18 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Snacks
Power outlet
Beverage
Avg. Time
2h 15m
Avg. Price
$64.09

Virgin Trains + Connections

Virgin Trains + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $33.42, and on average cost $82.91. Daily there are 7 Virgin Trains + Connections schedules to Manchester. Virgin Trains + Connections in London leaves from London Euston, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Airport and 5 other train stations.

From London to Manchester train travel on Virgin Trains + Connections takes 2 hours and 38 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, Virgin Trains + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you're considering a weeked trip, Virgin Trains + Connections offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay $68.85 for a one-way train ticket to Manchester.

WiFi
Snacks
Power outlet
Beverage
Avg. Time
2h 38m
Avg. Price
$82.91

West Midlands Railway + Connections

West Midlands Railway + Connections train tickets from London to Manchester start from $114.74, and on average cost $189.59. Daily there are 1 West Midlands Railway + Connections schedules to Manchester. West Midlands Railway + Connections in London leaves from London Euston, And in Manchester trains arrive at Manchester Piccadilly and 2 other train stations.

From London to Manchester train travel on West Midlands Railway + Connections takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. If you are looking to get to Manchester faster, West Midlands Railway + Connections offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 2 hours and 3 minutes.

If you are looking to travel to Manchester on a weekend there is typically one West Midlands Railway + Connections scheduled trip per day, which will cost $114.74 for a one-way weekend reservation from London.

WiFi
Extra legroom
Power outlet
Avg. Time
3h 20m
Avg. Price
$189.59
There are 15 different stations that serve train trips to Manchester that you can compare to see what best fits your travel plans.. For this route, the busiest departing train stations in London are:
  • London Euston
  • Shepherd'S Bush
  • Kensington Olympia
  • West Hampstead Thameslink
  • Balham Station
  • Catford
  • West Hampstead
  • Tulse Hill
  • Streatham (Greater London)
  • Clapham Junction
  • St Pancras Intl
  • Crystal Palace
  • Herne Hill
  • Cricklewood
  • Wimbledon
There are 6 different stations where trains arrive to in Manchester. You can review and use the directions feature on Wanderu to see which station is closest to your final destination. These are the busiest arriving stations in Manchester:
  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Manchester Airport
  • East Didsbury
  • Moston
  • Ashburys Station
  • Ardwick Station