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Travel info about Trains to Manchester

Manchester has always been independent and forward-looking since its industry-oriented past. Trains to Manchester stop at four main railway stations: Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Victoria and Deansgate, which make up the Manchester station group. 


With intercity connections, Manchester's rail network connects neighbouring areas and towns, from Wigan, Oldham, Bolton, Stockport to Rochdale. The best way to get to famous attractions such as Salford Quays and the Museum of Science and Industry is by taking the free Metroshuttle bus. Today, it has a large student group, two top-notch football teams and a fabulous downtown full of shopping malls, cool microbreweries and lively bars. Is there anything this city can't offer?



Trains to Manchester Popular Routes

There are several popular travel routes to Manchester by train that TrainPal can offer. It's easy to travel to Manchester by train from all over the UK, including direct routes from some of the biggest cities like London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, etc. Here are some of the top train travel routes we've picked out for you below, or you can start your search from a leading city in the UK to Manchester by visiting our train ticket UK purchasing page. 


Train to Manchester From Birmingham

It takes an average 1h-2h travelling by train from Birmingham to Manchester. The fastest route is 1h 27 minutes. The first train leaving Birmingham is at 05:57, the last at 23:09. On the train ticket purchase page, don’t forget to click the "book" button to find the cheapest train ticket from Birmingham to Manchester on TrainPal.


Train to Manchester From Edinburgh

It takes an average 3h-4h travelling by train from Edinburgh to Manchester. The fastest route is 3h 12 minutes. The first train leaving Edinburgh is at 06:13, the last at 23:45. On the train ticket purchase page, don’t forget to click the "book" button to find the cheapest train ticket from Edinburgh to Manchester on TrainPal.


Train to Manchester From London

It takes an average 2h travelling by train from London to Manchester. The fastest route is 2h 05 minutes. The first train leaving London is at 05:31, the last at 00:35 on the next day. On the train ticket purchase page, don’t forget to click the "book" button to find the cheapest train ticket from London to Manchester on TrainPal.

London to Manchester


Train to Manchester From Liverpool

It takes an average 1h-2h travelling by train from Liverpool to Manchester. The fastest route is 2h 05 minutes. You can find the cheapest train ticket by £3.1, leaving at 03:37, the earliest train on the day. On the train ticket purchase page, don’t forget to click the "book" button to find the cheapest train ticket from Liverpool to Manchester on TrainPal.


Train to Manchester From Leeds

It takes an average of 2 hours travelling by train from Leeds to Manchester. The fastest route is 2h 05minutes. You can find the cheapest train ticket by £3.8, leaving at 05:12. On the train ticket purchase page, don’t forget to click the "book" button to find the cheapest train ticket from Leeds to Manchester on TrainPal.


Train to Manchester From Glasgow

It takes an average 3h-4h travelling by train from Glasgow to Manchester. The fastest route is 2h 05minutes. You can find the cheapest train ticket by £23.2, leaving at 07:10 without stopping at any station. On the train ticket purchase page, don’t forget to click the "book" button to find the cheapest train ticket from Glasgow to Manchester on TrainPal.


Before You Travel To Manchester By Train - Good To Know! 

Full of character and culture, Manchester prides itself on its unrivalled industrial history, musical atmosphere and football team.


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Alongside all the obvious tourist attractions, like the football stadium, shopping at the Trafford Centre or visiting the Northern hub of the BBC at Salford Quays, Manchester has more to offer off the beaten track. Find rare vintage in the stores around the Northern Quarter, visit Roadhouse for a look into the history of music, or taste some craft beer in one of the bars spread around the city. Getting around Manchester City is quite easy thanks to the readily available fleets of trains, buses and trams. The city of Manchester is bike-friendly with numerous cycle paths marked throughout.



How To Find The Cheapest Train Tickets To Manchester With TrainPal

To get the cheapest train ticket to Manchester, you need to be very savvy when buying tickets. But don't worry, we are here to give you the best advice to save money. Until you realize it, you will have some extra money to spend in the city instead of just using it to go there!


Let's start our money-saving list, first of all, be sure to buy train tickets in advance. In some cases, the price of a train ticket will increase as the departure date approaches. So, by buying a pre-sale ticket as far in advance as possible, you will give yourself a better chance of getting a cheap train ticket to Manchester.


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When buying advance tickets, try to book your tickets during off-peak hours. When selecting a train ticket, be sure to check all the tickets in the drop-down menu as we will highlight the cheapest off-peak tickets.


Before you buy a ticket, make sure that the price of your return ticket is actually lower than the price of two one-way tickets. Sometimes one method may be cheaper than the other. The same is true of the chosen arrival station. When you choose "Manchester, Any" and a particular train station, try to check their price differences. 


In particular, it is worth noting that if you choose to buy direct train tickets or split train tickets, their final prices will be different. Split train tickets will stop at different stations. Although the time will be extended, in some cases it will be cheaper to buy split train tickets than direct train tickets.



Are you travelling to Manchester with a group of two or more people? Then, you can also get a certain discount on the fare, thanks to the group purchase of train tickets. This is a very useful money-saving technique. Please note that these group tickets are not available for all journeys, and if your journey proves valid and you select from the train ticket drop-down menu, these group tickets will automatically apply. All tickets must be purchased at one time, and all passengers must travel together on the day of departure.


If you need more tips on buying the cheapest train tickets in Manchester, please see our train tickets page.