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London to Manchester train

Thanks to Gopili, compare train ticket prices and find the best price to travel from London to Manchester by train. Our service is dedicated to helping you find the cheapest London to Manchester train ticket and gives you practical information: booking, next departures, timetables, fares, and good deals.

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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 2h08m
Other modes of transport available to travel from London to Manchester
from £6.00 MORE 5h19m
from £1.50 MORE 5h00m
from £7.20 MORE 5h46m
from £32.34 MORE 4h52m

Next train departures

When are the next trains to Manchester?

Departure Arrival Duration Company
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h07m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h04m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h08m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h06m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h09m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h07m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h04m Virgin Trains
London Euston
Manchester Piccadilly
2h08m Virgin Trains

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, 8 trains from London to Manchester are running today and 0 tomorrow. The first London Manchester train leaves at 12:00 while the last train departs at 13:20. The first and last departure hours may vary every day and there can be less trains during weekends as well as public holidays. Rail companies may also increase or decrease the number of trains during school holidays or depending on the demand.

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Different train ticket types for your journey

There are several types of rail tickets London to Manchester offered by each company, enabling travellers to choose between flexibility and cost. Travellers can book tickets on the website of the railway companies or on train ticket sales websites being accredited. Here is a description of each kind of train ticket:

The Advance Tickets are tickets for single trips, valid in 1st and 2nd class. They can be bought 12 weeks in advance, and they are sold in limited numbers and are subject to availability. In general, the earlier you book them, the cheaper the fare is. You should be aware that the Advance ticket is non-refundable. However, you can change the hours and the date of the journey before departure.

The Off-Peak Tickets are the cheapest tickets to travel in less occupied trains. Offering an advantageous quality-price ratio, these tickets need passengers to travel off-peak. You can book tickets at any time, in advance or just before the travel. The train ticket is refundable but administrative fees may be charged; these fees do not exceed £10.00.

The Anytime Tickets are entirely flexible: you can travel whenever you desire. Tickets can be purchased in advance or directly before travel. There are no restrictions on when you want to go, however you will need to book a new ticket if you want to change the date, destination or class.

You can also buy a Season Ticket for 7 days or a period of either 1 month or 1 year. Generally these tickets are available for short and medium distances in the United Kingdom.

The last Rovers and Rangers ticket type allows you unlimited travel for an area and time period with all train companies.

Discount London to Manchester train tickets

The best way to pay less on your London Manchester train ticket must be to get a railcard. While regional railcards are available in some areas, National railcards enable you to spend less on most rail fares across the country. Everyone is eligible to at least 1 of the railcard, even non-UK citizens. National railcards available: 16-25 discount card, Senior discount card, Two together railcard, Family and Friends railcard and Disabled persons railcard.

If you want to understand the benefits of a railcard, you can estimate the number of journeys you need to make earnings. You will see that commonly only a few trips are needed.

For your evaluation, you have to include the cost of your railcard, i.e £30, how much you're saving on each trip (i.e.: 34%) and the cost of your ticket. The average fare of a London Manchester ticket is £30.18 (1).

Divide the railcard cost by the saving: £30/34%= £88. Now divide £88 by £30.18: £88/£30.18 = 2.92. It will take you on average 3 trips from Manchester to London (one way trip) with your railcard to be profitable.

The price to buy a Disabled persons railcard is £20 while it will cost you £30 to have a 16-25, Two together, Family and Friends or the Senior railcard. All of them enable you to save a third off most adult fares for an entire year.

(1)Average prices observed over the last 3 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
London to Manchester train £30.18 £20.12 £10.06 2.92

(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

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

Travel information for your train journey

London Manchester train

Route London to Manchester

London Manchester train map

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

Which train company can I use?

The trains between London (London England) to Manchester (North West England) are operated by Virgin Trains. The services on board will change depending on the train provider.

How far is it by train?

Using the train is a fast and simple solution to go to Manchester from London. The average travel time from London to Manchester is 2h09m to travel the 163 miles.

How much does it costs?

According to our data, the lowest fare to travel by train in the next month is £22.00. This fare is based on an adult ticket and does not include the money you can save with a discount card.

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 15/07/2017 13:20 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 22/07/2017 13:20 Virgin Trains 6 days ago
£22.00 11/07/2017 12:20 Virgin Trains 1 day ago
£22.00 13/07/2017 12:20 Virgin Trains 3 days ago
£22.00 19/07/2017 12:00 Virgin Trains 6 days ago
£22.00 11/07/2017 12:40 Virgin Trains 1 day ago
£22.00 15/07/2017 13:00 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 01/07/2017 07:20 Virgin Trains 7 days ago
£22.00 24/07/2017 13:00 Virgin Trains 2 days ago
£22.00 08/07/2017 17:40 Virgin Trains 1 day ago

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

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Things to do in Manchester

We have created for you a list of 6 points of interests that you can visit in Manchester.

  • Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
  • Manchester Art Gallery
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • John Rylands Library
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Manchester Museum

If you're discovering Manchester for the first time and you do not have a clear idea of the places that you can see during your stay, don't worry. The different options you have will obviously depend of the length of your stay as well as your areas of interest but the team at Gopili provides you with the well-known points of interests in Manchester.

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is probably among the main things to do for visitors. You can also plan to see John Rylands Library or Manchester Art Gallery which are most of the time suggested by the people who have already explored the city.

Another noteworthy site that you may want to discover is Whitworth Art Gallery if you wish to find out more about this destination.

Manchester Cathedral is also a place that we will recommend you to visit if you have enough time during your stay.

At last, if you're still looking to find out more about Manchester, Manchester Museum can be the last step of your trip. While travellers might not consider it as the most interesting thing to do, it will enable you to get a full view of the city and its character.

Book cheap train from London to Manchester

You have the availability to purchase your London to Manchester train ticket in three different ways:

If you're buying your train tickets online, you can easily compare the times and fares to make savings. Almost all train operators as well as online ticket specialists give the ability to book on their website. Once your ticket is purchased, you will have a confirmation email with a collection number that you will bring with your card to get your ticket at the station before your departure.

If you don't want to book your ticket on companies' websites, you can reach the rail companies by telephone. Most of them can take your booking by phone.

Depending on the station, you can either book your train ticket at the staffed ticket office or with a self-service ticket machine available at many stations. We advise you to check beforehand if the station has these services and the opening hours.

The easiest way to get cheap train tickets from London to Manchester is to compare online the fares from all train companies. Gopili helps you to do it by comparing in one search journey times and fares across all existing offers. In case you need to travel back to London later on, train tickets Manchester to London are also available on gopili.

Where to find cheap train tickets

Virgin Trains

The rail company Virgin Trains offers year-round connections by train to travel from London to Manchester at low cost. The tickets are available from Virgin Trains from £22.

How to find cheap train tickets London to Manchester ?

If you're searching for cheap train tickets London to Manchester, you may be in luck. Here we provide you some tips to find cheap train tickets.

  • Buying your ticket early rather than leaving it until the last minute will enable you to get a lower fare. Advance tickets typically go on sale 90 days prior the date of departure. On many routes you can save as much as 80% by buying your ticket 90 days in advance. We suggest you to purchase your ticket as soon as it is available.
  • In order to get cheap train tickets, you must avoid the busy peak travel times between 06:30 to 09:30 and 15:30 to 18:30. Consider different times and your train ticket London to Manchester will cost less.
  • It's quite often that two singles cost less than a return ticket, that's why you should have a look at both prices for your travel if you want to spend less.
  • In some cases, buying a ticket from London to an intermediary station and then an additional ticket from this city to Manchester costs less than buying a single ticket for your entire journey. Splitting your ticket can help you make additional savings.

London - Manchester: the best time to book cheap trains

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Days before Departure

The graph above is based on the best prices found in the last 6 months depending on how much time in advance the train ticket is purchased. Booking your train from London to Manchester in advance will help you save money for your journey.

We found tickets available from £23 when booking your ticket 2 months in advance, it is 62% cheaper than the cheapest fare we found when purchasing your seat on the day you're travelling.

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