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Manchester - Bradford Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 10 daily train trips between Manchester and Bradford. The average train journey from Manchester to Bradford takes 57 minutes, but some Northern Rail train trips are as short as 52 minutes.

Distance29 mi (47 km)
Fastest train0h 52m
Lowest price$8.61
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceNorthern Rail
Train lines1

Which train should you take from Manchester to Bradford?

Northern Rail is the one and only train line which connects Manchester to Bradford. However, there are 10 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Northern Rail100h 58m$10.60
  • Northern Rail, branded simply as 'Northern' on its trains, travels to cities such as Manchester, Blackpool, Windermere, Newcastle, and York. Complimentary WiFi is usually available in first- and standard-class carriages, plus an onboard restroom. The newer trains boast extra legroom, and all services have space for luggage at the end of carriages.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Manchester and Bradford is approximately 29 miles, or 47 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 57 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 52 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Bradford.

Trains from Manchester to Bradford are the most crowded on Tuesday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Tuesday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Manchester at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 10 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Manchester to Bradford.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Bradford to Manchester.

City Information


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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.


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Bradford is a mid-sized city in West Yorkshire, located slightly west of Leeds. Perhaps one of Bradford's best offerings is its natural beauty and fresh air. Visit Bradford to get mesmerized by its culture, history, and heritage while enjoying the countryside.

Start your cultural and historical tour at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, where there are four permanent galleries and seasonal contemporary exhibitions. Then, to discover why Bradford is designated a UNESCO City of Film, visit the Impressions Gallery next to City Park. You'll find modern photography works by famous artists. The Bradford Cathedral, Lister Park, and Shipley Glen are other beloved attractions in the city.

Families love Bradford because of its many parks and family-friendly entertainment zones. Kids will surely love Funzy, an inflatable theme park located at the Bradford Leisure Exchange. The Kirkgate Centre is home to established retail stores when you're seeking some retail therapy. However, for high street brands, your destination should be Forster Square Shopping Park.

Leeds Bradford Airport is very close, making the city very easy to reach by air. Northern Rail and TransPennine Express offer rail connections, and FlixBus and Megabus operate bus routes in the area.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Manchester?

Main departure station: Manchester Victoria

There is one train station in Manchester.

All train stations in Manchester:

  • Manchester Victoria

Where is the train station in Bradford?

Main arrival station: Bradford Brg St

Bradford has one train station.

All train stations in Bradford:

  • Bradford Brg St

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