Trains from Reading to Manchester

Reading to Manchester train information

Reading Manchester train map

Train duration 3h12m
Arrival Manchester, England
Departure Reading, England
Distance 150 Miles
Train operators Cross Country
Lowest train price from £53.50
Average train price £77.00

The trip between Reading, located in England and Manchester, situated in England is well connected by trains. The trains are run by the following train operators: Cross Country.

On average, the journey takes approximately 3h12m by train covering a distance of 150 miles to get to Manchester from Reading. The duration may vary depending if your train is direct or if you need to make a change.

The lowest ticket price we've found to travel in the next month is £53.50 one way.

Best prices for Reading to Manchester train tickets

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Train times Reading to Manchester

When are the next trains to Manchester?

The table above only shows the remaining services for today and will display a maximum of 10 train departures.

See all departures: Today / Tomorrow

Looking at our data, 3 trains from Reading to Manchester are being operated today and 0 tomorrow. The first Reading Manchester train departs at 08:15 and the last one departs at 08:43. The first and last departure times might change from one day to another and there might be fewer services during weekends and public holidays. Rail operators may also adapt the number of trains during school holidays or depending on the season.

Reading - Manchester: the best time to book cheap trains

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Days before Departure

The Prices for train tickets Reading to Manchester will increase if you don't book early. If we look at our data, if you book your seat 7 days in advance, tickets should be available from £48 whereas when buying your ticket on the day you're travelling, you will need to spend at least £59 for your journey. Thus, you can save 18% on the price of your ticket by purchasing your seat 7 days in advance rather than on the day you're travelling.

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

Best prices for Reading to Manchester trains

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

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Discount Reading - Manchester train tickets

Willing to travel for cheap? Many railcards and deals exist to spend less for your Reading 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 types of railcards available: 16-25 railcard, Two together railcard, Family and Friends Railcard, Senior railcard, Disabled persons railcard.

  • When purchasing a railcard, you want to save money after several trips. But is it really worth it when taking the train from Reading to Manchester? Check with your calculator, taking into account:

    A = the railcard cost (i.e.: £30)

    B = average saving with the railcard (i.e.: 34%)

    C = average price for a Reading Manchester ticket (i.e.: £76.03)(1)

    Initially, divide A by B: this will show you the budget from which the card will be profitable. Now divide that number by C. The result is the minimum number of trips needed throughout the duration of the railcard's validity to start saving money.

    In our example, A/B = £30/34% = £88.00. Then, 88/£76.03 = 1.16. Your railcard will be worthwile once you will have done at least 2 trips from Reading to Manchester (one way journey).

  • All railcards cost £30 except the Disabled persons railcard for which you will pay £20. Railcards give you 34% off most rail fares, thus you will save 1/3 on most train fares.

(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
Reading to Manchester train £76.03 £50.69 £25.34 1.16

(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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