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There are 9 ways to get from Glasgow to Manchester by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 12m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport

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Bus  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Shudehill Interchange M11 / ...

7 alternative options

Train via Preston  •  3h 19m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Preston Glasgow Central - London Euston / ...
  2. Take the train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road Blackpool North - Hazel Grove / ...

Night train  •  3h 57m

  1. Take the night train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road Glasgow Central - Manchester Airport

Rideshare  •  4h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Glasgow to Manchester 216.4 miles

Drive  •  3h 35m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Manchester 217.5 miles

Fly to Manchester  •  4h 38m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Manchester (MAN) GLA - MAN

Fly to Liverpool, train  •  5h 33m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Liverpool (LPL) GLA - LPL
  2. Take the train from Liverpool South Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly

Fly to Birmingham, train  •  5h 3m

  1. Fly from Glasgow (GLA) to Birmingham (BHX) GLA - BHX
  2. Take the train from Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly

Glasgow to Manchester by train

52 Weekly Trains
3h 12m Average Duration
£65 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from Glasgow to Manchester is to bus which costs £9 - £24 and takes 4h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Glasgow to Manchester is to train which costs £65 - £100 and takes 3h 12m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Buchanan Bus Station station and arriving at Shudehill Interchange. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Glasgow Central and arriving at Manchester Oxford Road. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 12m.

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It is 184 miles from Glasgow to Manchester. It is approximately 217.5 miles to drive.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 3h 12m and costs £65 - £100.

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The train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road takes 3h 12m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Glasgow to Manchester bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Buchanan Bus Station.

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Glasgow to Manchester train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, depart from Glasgow Central station.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Manchester is to train which takes 3h 12m and costs £65 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £9 - £24 and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs £35 - £180 and takes 4h 38m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 184.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 12m

What companies run services between Glasgow, Scotland and Manchester, England?

TransPennine Express Service operates a train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road every 4 hours. Tickets cost £65 - £100 and the journey takes 3h 12m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Shudehill Interchange twice daily. Tickets cost £14 - £24 and the journey takes 4h 50m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£60 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£60 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £250
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Jersey
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £250
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £420
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£25 - £140
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 7m
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£25 - £140
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£23 - £220
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£20 - £220
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£24 - £210
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £470
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £460
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £900
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£150 - £460
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£330 - £1,400
Train operators
TransPennine Express Service
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
3h 12m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£65 - £100
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£25 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £100
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£55 - £90
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Off-Peak Day Single
£40 - £65
Anytime Day Single
£55 - £90
Train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£14 - £22
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£8 - £12
Off-Peak Day Single
£10 - £16
Anytime Day Single
£14 - £22
Northern Rail
Phone
+44 800 200 6060
Email
enquiries@northernrailway.co.uk
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
46 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £21
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£12 - £16
Anytime Day 1st Class
£15 - £21
Train from Liverpool South Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£11 - £20
Website
northernrailway.co.uk
Anytime Day
£11 - £15
Anytime Day 1st Class
£14 - £20
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Liverpool South Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
38 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £23
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £20
Off-Peak Single
£11 - £17
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£15 - £23
Bus operators
Megabus UK
Phone
0871 266 3333
Email
enquiries@megabus.com
Website
uk.megabus.com
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£14 - £24
Website
Megabus UK
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

Rome2rio's guide to FlixBus
Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£16 - £20
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
National Express

National Express Coaches are a quick and convenient way of travelling around the UK. Over 550 National Express coaches run on Britain's roads every day, serving over 900 destinations across the UK. National Express Coaches carry around 19 million passenger journeys every year. For added convenience, National Express operate coach services to all major UK airports 24 hours per day, and is on its way to being 100% wheelchair accessible. The company also has a 24-hour control centre that receives a GPS signal to update on location, speed and the temperature inside coaches, ensuring the smoothest journey possible.

Contact Details
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Glasgow to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. The basic idea is that you carpool with locals who are already planning to drive your route and have space in their car. With some flexibility, you’ll get to your destination often faster and cheaper than other means. On the website or app, enter your departure and arrival points and your date of travel, sift through the profiles of drivers who’ve posted pre-planned drives and find one whose timing and preferences match yours. Request to join the ride, wait to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from Glasgow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
4h 13m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
£13 - £35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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There is no direct flight from Glasgow Airport to Manchester Airport. The quickest flight takes 2h 55m and has one stopover.

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Glasgow to Manchester bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at Shudehill Interchange station.

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Glasgow to Manchester train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, arrive at Manchester Oxford Road station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Glasgow to Manchester is 218 miles. It takes approximately 3h 35m to drive from Glasgow to Manchester.

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Lufthansa, Ryanair, British Airways and three other airlines offer flights from Glasgow Airport to Manchester Airport.

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Book your Glasgow to Manchester train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your Glasgow to Manchester bus tickets online with Omio, Distribusion and FlixBus.

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There are 240+ hotels available in Manchester. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Glasgow and Manchester. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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The best way to get from Glasgow to Glasgow Airport is to line 500 shuttle which takes 15 min and costs £7.

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