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There are 10 ways to get from Glasgow to Manchester by train, bus, night train, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 13m

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

£65 - £100

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Bus  •  4h 50m

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

£9 - £24

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Train via Preston  •  3h 23m

  1. Take the train from Glasgow Central to Preston
  2. Take the train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road

£69 - £268

Night train  •  3h 57m

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

£65 - £100

Night train, train  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the night train from Motherwell to Preston
  2. Take the train from Preston to Deansgate

£56 - £78

Rideshare  •  4h 13m

  1. Take the rideshare from Glasgow to Manchester 216.4 miles

£13 - £35

Drive  •  3h 35m

  1. Drive from Glasgow to Manchester 217.5 miles

£30 - £50

Fly to Manchester  •  5h 18m

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

£44 - £244

Fly to Liverpool, train  •  5h 56m

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

£51 - £282

Fly to Birmingham, train  •  5h 47m

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

£64 - £367

Glasgow to Manchester by train

The train journey time between Glasgow and Manchester is around 3h 18m and covers a distance of around 222 miles. The fastest train normally takes 3h 11m. Operated by TransPennine Express Service, the Glasgow to Manchester train service departs from Glasgow Central and arrives in Manchester Oxford Road. Typically eight trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
3h 18m
Fastest train time:
3h 11m
Trains per week:
8
Cheapest price:
£65
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
04:24
Last train departs at:
17:09

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Glasgow to Manchester train schedules

Glasgow → Manchester
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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 13m.

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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 once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 13m.

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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 13m and costs £65 - £100.

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The train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road takes 3h 13m including transfers and departs once daily.

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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 13m and costs £65 - £100. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £9 - £24 and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs £40 - £250 and takes 5h 18m.

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Map of how to get from Glasgow to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 184.5 miles
  • Duration: 3h 13m

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

TransPennine Express Service operates a train from Glasgow Central to Manchester Oxford Road once daily. Tickets cost £65 - £100 and the journey takes 3h 13m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Shudehill Interchange once daily. Tickets cost £14 - £24 and the journey takes 4h 50m. National Express also services this route once daily.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £420
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 30m
When
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £420
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 27m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£85 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£85 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via Jersey
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Liverpool via London Stansted, Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
5h 47m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£85 - £260
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £220
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £220
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£140 - £750
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£80 - £600
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£80 - £600
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via London City
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£80 - £600
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £360
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Every day
Estimated price
£100 - £430
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£140 - £750
Flights from Glasgow to Birmingham via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £360
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
5h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£110 - £550
Jet2.com
Website
jet2.com
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Palma Mallorca
Ave. Duration
6h 50m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £450
TUI Airways
Website
tui.co.uk
Flights from Glasgow to Manchester via Dubrovnik
Ave. Duration
7h 5m
When
Thursday
Estimated price
£120 - £500
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 13m
Frequency
Once daily
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
3 times a day
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
31 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£14 - £22
Website
TransPennine Express Service
Advance Single
£8 - £12
Off-Peak Day Single
£10 - £16
Anytime Day Single
£14 - £22
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from Glasgow Central to Preston
Ave. Duration
2h 21m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£70 - £95
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£180 - £250
Train from Birmingham International to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 39m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£85 - £120
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
49 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 Preston to Deansgate
Ave. Duration
47 min
Frequency
Hourly
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
41 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
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 Preston to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£16 - £24
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £20
Off-Peak Single
£12 - £18
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£16 - £24
Train from Preston to Deansgate
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
£16 - £24
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £20
Off-Peak Single
£12 - £18
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£16 - £24
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
Once daily
Estimated price
£14 - £24
Website
Megabus UK
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 3h 5m 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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