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Manchester - Liverpool Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

You can pick from 12 daily train trips between Manchester and Liverpool. The average train journey from Manchester to Liverpool takes 53 minutes, but some TransPennine Express train trips are as short as 38 minutes.

Distance31 mi (50 km)
Fastest train0h 38m
Lowest price$4.34
Trains per day12
Most frequent serviceNorthern Rail
Train lines3

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Manchester to Liverpool was $6.28. This is basically as cheap as train fares can get. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 15 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around $5.55 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Monthly avg. prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during November. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool, with the average price at just $7. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in May, when the average price goes up to $18. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Which train should you take from Manchester to Liverpool?

There are 3 train lines with service from Manchester to Liverpool. Northern Rail is the most popular choice with travelers, offering scheduled service on 7 trains each day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
East Midlands Railway10h 48m$7.33
Northern Rail71h 0m$7.48
TransPennine Express40h 45m$8.51
  • East Midlands Railway train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool start from $6, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 East Midlands Railway schedules to Liverpool. East Midlands Railway in Manchester leaves from Manchester Oxford Rd Station . And in Liverpool trains arrive at Liverpool Lime Street Station .

    From Manchester to Liverpool train travel on East Midlands Railway takes 0 hours and 48 minutes. If you are looking to get to Liverpool faster, East Midlands Railway offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 38 minutes.

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

  • 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.

  • TransPennine Express train tickets from Manchester to Liverpool start from $4, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 TransPennine Express schedules to Liverpool. TransPennine Express in Manchester leaves from Manchester Oxford Rd Station and one other station. And in Liverpool trains arrive at Liverpool Lime Street Station .

    From Manchester to Liverpool train travel on TransPennine Express takes 0 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Liverpool faster, TransPennine Express offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 0 hours and 38 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, TransPennine Express offers 5 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Liverpool.

Frequently Asked Questions

The distance between Manchester and Liverpool is approximately 31 miles, or 50 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 53 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 38 minutes. It's a short and pleasant ride; the train is a perfect way to get to Liverpool.

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool are the most crowded on Friday. 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 Monday 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 2:00pm. 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 12 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Manchester to Liverpool.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Liverpool 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.

Liverpool

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Although Liverpool is only England's 10th largest city, its fame ballooned as the birthplace of the world's biggest rock band: The Beatles. Visiting Liverpool would not be complete without a trip to the iconic Beatles Statue, located near the port, followed by a visit to The Beatles Story museum, where visitors can immerse themselves in the band's rise to fame.

To explore some of Liverpool's older history, the Merseyside Maritime Museum provides fascinating exhibits on the city's great port-town past, including exhibitions on the Titanic as well as the Battle of the Atlantic. Football fanatics should check out the world-famous Anfield Stadium, where regular tours help visitors revel in the history and glory of this iconic football club.

Traveling to Liverpool is easy thanks to several rail providers, which facilitate travel around the Liverpool City Region and beyond. Liverpool also has two significant bus terminals for access via coach and an international airport for those traveling from further afield.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Manchester?

Main departure station: Manchester Oxford Rd Station

Manchester has 3 stations where passengers can board the train to Liverpool.

All train stations in Manchester:

  • Manchester Oxford Rd Station

  • Deansgate

  • Manchester Victoria

Where is the train station in Liverpool?

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Main arrival station: Liverpool Lime Street Station

Liverpool's main rail terminus, Lime Street Station, was opened in 1836, making it the oldest operating mainline rail station in the world. It receives regular services from London via TransPennine Express. Local Merseyrail services arrive and depart from under the main station concourse. Here you'll find several stores and restaurants, as well as coffee shops such as Starbucks, restrooms, and luggage lockers. Long-distance National Express and Megabus coaches depart from the bus station at Liverpool One shopping mall, a six-minute walk away.

All train stations in Liverpool:

  • Liverpool Lime Street Station

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