Trains from Glasgow to Manchester

Glasgow to Manchester train information

Glasgow Manchester train map

Train duration 3h22m
Arrival Manchester, England
Departure Glasgow, Scotland
Distance 184 Miles
Train operators ScotRail, Virgin Trains
Lowest train price from £12.00
Average train price £31.00

There are many rail companies across the country & Europe but the journey connecting Glasgow in Scotland to Manchester in England are run by ScotRail, Virgin Trains.

Using the train is a fast and convenient way to get to Manchester from Glasgow. The average journey duration between Glasgow to Manchester is 3h22m to travel the 184 miles.

According to our data, the starting price to take the train in the next 180 days is £12.00. This fare is based on an adult fare and is not including the savings you can make with a discount card.

Best prices for Glasgow to Manchester train tickets

from £12.00 MORE 3h13m
Other modes of transport available
Coach
from £6.00 MORE 5h06m
from £10.60 MORE 4h39m
Flight
from £29.18 MORE 9h44m

Glasgow - Manchester prices calendar

Find the cheapest tickets to travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, bus, ride sharing and plane.

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Megabus£12

National Express£19

Raileurope£15

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Megabus£11

National Express£14

Raileurope£15

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Ticket prices and availability have been recorded in the last 72 hours from the data provided by our partners.

Train times Glasgow to Manchester

When are the next trains to Manchester?

Departure Arrival Duration Company
Today
Glasgow Central
07:37
Manchester Oxford Road
10:54
3h17m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
08:00
Manchester Deansgate
11:09
3h09m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
08:40
Manchester Oxford Road
11:54
3h14m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
09:40
Manchester Oxford Road
12:54
3h14m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
12:40
Manchester Oxford Road
15:54
3h14m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
13:40
Manchester Oxford Road
16:54
3h14m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
14:00
Manchester Deansgate
17:09
3h09m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
14:40
Manchester Oxford Road
17:54
3h14m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
17:40
Manchester Oxford Road
20:55
3h15m Virgin Trains
Glasgow Central
18:40
Manchester Oxford Road
21:42
3h02m Virgin Trains
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The table above only shows the remaining services for today and will display a maximum of 10 train departures.

See all departures: Today / Tomorrow

According to our data, 11 trains from Glasgow to Manchester are running today and 11 tomorrow. The first Glasgow Manchester train is at 07:37 and the last one is at 20:10. The first and last departure times may be different on each day of the week and there may be fewer services during weekends or public holidays. Rail operators may also increase or decrease the number of trains during school holidays or depending on the season.

Glasgow - Manchester: the best time to book cheap trains

Price of the ticket when booking in advance or at the last minute

90

£12

60

£15

30

£26

15

£23

7

£20

3

£22

1

£36

Same day

Days before Departure

The Prices for train tickets Glasgow to Manchester are increasing the closer you get to your departure day. According to our data, if you buy your train 2 months in advance, you can find tickets from £12 whereas when purchasing your seat on the day you're travelling, you will need to spend at least £36 for your train. Thus, you may save 67% on the price of your ticket by booking 2 months in advance instead of on the day you're travelling.

The figures are based on the best fares found over the past 6 months when buying in advance versus at the last minute.

Best prices for Glasgow to Manchester trains

We compare train ticket for all major companies to travel between Glasgow and Manchester by train and find the best prices for the coming days. Take a look at the prices of train tickets Manchester to Glasgow and find the best deal for your outbound journey.

From To Price Departure on At Company Searched
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Piccadilly
£13.30 02/12/2019 19:08 5 days ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£14.50 07/12/2019 14:40 Virgin Trains 12 hours ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£14.50 07/12/2019 13:40 Virgin Trains 12 hours ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£14.50 23/11/2019 14:40 Virgin Trains 1 day ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£14.50 19/11/2019 18:40 Virgin Trains 1 day ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£14.50 02/12/2019 18:40 Virgin Trains 5 days ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£14.50 26/11/2019 18:40 Virgin Trains 6 days ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£16.40 07/12/2019 17:09 12 hours ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£16.40 07/12/2019 18:47 12 hours ago
Glasgow
Central
Manchester
Oxford Road
£16.40 23/11/2019 07:10 1 day ago

Best prices for the next 180 days.

Glasgow Manchester train

Discount Glasgow - Manchester train tickets

The easiest way to spend less on your Glasgow Manchester train ticket is probably to buy a railcard. While regional railcards are available in some areas, National railcards enable you to spend less on most rail fares across the UK. Everyone is eligible to at least a certain railcard, even non-UK citizens. National railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Senior discount card, Two together railcard, Family and Friends discount card and Disabled persons railcard.

Why should I buy a railcard?

The main benefit of using a railcard is that it only takes a couple of trips to be profitable.

You will need to purchase at least £88 of train tickets throughout the duration of the railcard's validity for the card to break-even. This number corresponds to the cost of the railcard, £30, divided by the discount, 34%. On every ticket that you buy afterwards, you will save money.

As an example, train tickets from Glasgow to Manchester cost on average £30.97 (1). If you're dividing £88 by £30.97 (£88/£30.97 = 2.84), it turns out that after only 3 one way journeys from Manchester to Glasgow, the railcard will have paid for itself.

How much do I need to pay for a railcard?

Railcards enable you to get a third off most rail fares for a year. The Disabled persons railcard costs £20 and the 5 other railcards £30.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 6 months for one way journey

Train Journey Average price without railcard(1) With a railcard 34% off(2) Saving based on a one-way trip Number of return trips to pay off the cost
Glasgow to Manchester train £30.97 £20.64 £10.32 2.85

(1)Average price observed over the last 6 months for one way

(2)Price calculated with an average reduction of 34% on train tickets fare

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