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Cheap train calendar from London to Manchester

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Find the best prices for train tickets London to Manchester

from £22.00 MORE 2h09m
Other modes of transport available to travel from London to Manchester
from £6.00 MORE 5h18m
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Ride sharing
from £14.40 MORE 4h07m
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Best price found for train ticket from London to Manchester

We compare train ticket prices for all major companies to travel from London to Manchester by train and find the best price for you. Here are the best prices selected for the coming days to go to Manchester. Your London to Manchester train ticket is just few clicks away!

Journey Price Departure on At Company Searched
£22.00 MORE 02/02/2017 13:00 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 MORE 26/01/2017 13:00 Virgin Trains 6 days ago
£22.00 MORE 28/01/2017 17:20 Virgin Trains 5 days ago
£22.00 MORE 20/02/2017 12:40 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 MORE 18/02/2017 17:00 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 MORE 04/02/2017 13:00 Virgin Trains 5 days ago
£22.00 MORE 11/02/2017 18:00 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 MORE 04/02/2017 18:00 Virgin Trains 5 days ago
£22.00 MORE 13/02/2017 12:40 Virgin Trains 23 hours ago
£22.00 MORE 16/02/2017 12:40 Virgin Trains 2 days ago

Best price found for London to Manchester train ticket for the next 30 days.

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Travel information for your train journey

Route London to Manchester

Train duration 2h09m
Arrival city Manchester, England
Departure city London, England
Distance 163 Miles
Lowest train ticket price from £22.00
Train operators for London to Manchester Virgin Trains

The route between London, located in England, specifically in the London England area and Manchester located in England, specifically in the North West England area is well served by trains. There are 163 miles between the two cities and the average train duration from London to Manchester is 2h09m. Travelling by train is often the fastest way to get to Manchester from London, and it's also a greener option than driving or flying. The lowest ticket price we found for your journey is from £22.00 for the next 30 days. Many of the trains are run by these several operators Virgin Trains.

Book cheap train from London to Manchester

Many possibilities exist to book your London to Manchester train ticket:

  • Online: you can purchase tickets directly on train companies websites like for instance Virgin Trains, Eurostar, East Coast, South West Trains, First Great Western, ScotRail, Southern Railway, CrosscCountry … You can also buy train tickets on Ticket Retailers websites like Thetrainline, Redspottedhanky, My Train Ticket, or also Raileasy.
  • Over the phone: major train companies, and train ticket retailers have phone numbers and you can make your booking over the phone.
  • At a station: you can either book your train ticket at the ticket office or using a self-service ticket machine available at many stations.
  • Our Advice: you should use our fast and simple search service that compares hundreds of trains tickets from all major train companies and train tickets retailers. Gopili can help you find cheap train tickets from London to Manchester! For your information train tickets Manchester to London are also available for your return trip on Gopili.

Train ticket types for your travel

Train tickets may look a bit difficult at first sight but it's simple to understand how it is working. To introduce, there are three main rail tickets types available in the United Kingdom for your train London to Manchester: Advance, Off-Peak and Anytime tickets.

  • Advance Ticket : Advance train tickets are a great manner to obtain really cheap train tickets. Advance train tickets are applicable up to 12 weeks before travel and offer the biggest reductions. To take advantage of these tickets you must book in advance: the earlier you buy, the cheaper the train fares are! Advance tickets London to Manchester are every time sold as singles, but if you prefer to book tickets for a return trip, just purchase two Advance tickets. They are only used for the date and train they are booked for. Also, these tickets cannot be refunded but can be amended before departure.
  • Off-Peak Ticket : If you want more flexibility than an Advance train ticket, the Off-Peak rail tickets could be for you. Off-Peak train tickets are flexible and valid at “off peak” hours of the day. Off-Peak train tickets are less expensive than the Anytime ticket and still provide the flexibility of travelling on any Off-peak trains. They can be bought any time before travelling, even at the last minute. They are efficient at any time of the day on Weekend, and Public Holidays and after around 09:30 on Mondays to Fridays.
  • Anytime ticket : These tickets are entirely flexible and they can be used on any train, at any time, on any day. They provide full security when you can't be sure of your travel times, or if you need to change the day you travel. These tickets are more expensive than advance or Off-Peak but they are eligible for refunds.
  • For your information more ticket types exist in the England to travel to Manchester, like Super-Off-Peak tickets, Season tickets, Rover and Rangers tickets…

How to find cheap train tickets London to Manchester ?

If you're looking for cheap train tickets London to Manchester, you've come to the right place. Here we give you some hints and tips for finding cheap train tickets.

  • To travel at the lowest fares you have to book your ticket in advance. The best time to book your advance train ticket is about 12 weeks before. So you must remember to book approximately three months in advance. Thanks to these tips you can make great savings of up to 80%.
  • To find cheap train tickets, you have to avoid the busy peak travel times between 06:30 to 09:30 and 15:30 to 18:30. Be flexible and your train ticket London to Manchester will be cheaper.
  • It's very common that two singles train tickets are cheaper than a return ticket, so always check the prices for your journey and pay less your journey.
  • Another way to make savings is to split up your journey to Manchester. Instead of booking only one ticket for your journey you can split the journey into different stages, and book a ticket for each stage. Thanks to this you can achieve great savings.

Discount London to Manchester train tickets

Looking for travel at the lowest fares? Many railcards and reductions are available to pay less for your London Manchester train ticket and save even more money on your tickets: special train fares for children, railcards for all ages, group travel, or charity discount. There are many different types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

Most of these railcards are bought in order to receive better discounts. But is it really worth it for travelling from London to Manchester? Check with your calculator, taking into account:

A = the railcard cost (i.e.: £30.00)

B = average discount offered by the railcard (i.e.: 34%)

C = average price for an London Manchester return ticket (i.e.: £28.52)(1)

First, divide A by B and multiply by 100: this will give you the budget from which the card will be amortized. Then divide that number by C. The result is the minimum number of trips that you will do to cushion the railcard.

In our example, A x B = 30/34 x 100 = £88.00. Then, 88/28.5219 = 3.09. It takes at least 3.09 trips from London to Manchester round trip (or 4-ways) for the purchase of the railcard to be worthwhile!

For your information, all railcards cost £30.00 except the Disabled persons railcard that costs £20.00. Railcards typically give you 34% off most adult fares, so you will save 1/3 on rail fares.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 3 months for return trip

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
London to Manchester train £28.52 £19.01 £9.51 3.09

(1)Average price observed over the last 3 months for one way

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

Transport operators from London to Manchester

The following table lists the various transport operators serving the route London to Manchester.

Transport operators Departure Arrival
Virgin Trains London Manchester

And if you change?

Other alternatives of transport exist to travel from London to Manchester:

Bus from London to Manchester

Flights from London to Manchester