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London to Manchester Train Tickets

Book Cheap Train Tickets From London to Manchester

Manchester is a city you must visit when traveling to the UK. The best way to get trains from London to a Manchester train station is to take an Avanti West Coast service from London Euston and arrive at Manchester Piccadilly. Avanti West Coast trains take around 2 hours 15 minutes to reach Manchester Piccadilly, though the quickest train takes just 2 hours 4 minutes.

If you are arriving in London St Pancras from abroad, you can easily walk between London St Pancras and Euston Station or take the underground from London St Pancras. For more choice of trains to Manchester Piccadilly, instead of going with Avanti West Coast, you can travel with West Midlands Railway to Birmingham New Street and then connect with services to Manchester Piccadilly.

On the doorstep of Manchester Piccadilly, you will find plenty of places worth visiting; you may want to go to the Science and Industry Museum, tour Old Trafford, or take in some entertainment at The Printworks. If you are after some history, walk to Manchester Cathedral or the National Football Museum.

You can search using our booking engine for Manchester train information and ticket prices for trains from London. The average price of tickets can vary based on how far in advance you book your trip, but you can normally find split ticket savings when you book with us.

Travelling From London to Manchester by train

Departure Station

London Euston

Arrival Station

Manchester Piccadilly


163 miles

First Service


Last Service


Fastest Journey Time

2 hours 4 minutes

Avg. Journey Time

2 hours 18 minutes


Avanti West Coast


73 services per day

London to Manchester Train Routes

You will find major train stations near Manchester in cities well worth visiting. You may decide to depart your Avanti West Coast service early on the way to Manchester Piccadilly or visit places such as Liverpool or Wales after visiting Manchester. Find more train details and how much services from Manchester cost for your trip with our booking engine. It is worth booking in advance once you know the specific date of travel.

Rail Companies

Avanti West Coast

The London to Manchester service is direct and operated by Avanti West Coast and runs on the West Coast Main Line, departing from London Euston and typically stopping at Crewe and Stockport on the way to Liverpool. Avanti West Coast offers Standard and First Class Seats and uses a high-speed pendolino service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a direct train from London to Manchester?

Avanti West Coast operates a regular direct train from London to Manchester. Services run frequently, with around 73 daily, many of those direct services operated by Avanti West Coast.

How long does it take to travel from London to Manchester?

The travel time from London to Manchester takes, on average, 2 hours 18 minutes, though this can be longer if not taking a direct Avanti West Coast train. If you are traveling from elsewhere in London, such as London St Pancras, the trip is not much longer as you can take the tube.

How much is the train ticket from London to Manchester?

The cost of a train from London to Manchester can vary depending on whether you book in advance and when you want to travel.

When should you book your train tickets from London to Manchester?

You should book your train tickets from London to Manchester as early as possible to benefit from lower-priced advance tickets for the direct Avanti West Coast service.

Which train companies operate between London and Manchester?

Only Avanti West Coast operates direct services between London and Manchester. However, if you are arriving by train from abroad into London St Pancras, you can easily take the tube to London Euston to get the Avanti West Coast service.

Is a train the fastest way to get from London to Manchester?

A train is the fastest way to get from London to Manchester, especially as there are direct services operated by Avanti West Coast that take 2 hours and 18 minutes on average.

Can you do a day trip from London to Manchester?

If you depart early in the morning, you could easily do a day trip from London to Manchester.

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