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There are 4 ways to get from Leicester to Manchester by train, bus or car

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Train  •  2h 9m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Sheffield
  2. Take the train from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly

£35 - £88

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4h

  1. Take the bus from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express

£6 - £9

2 alternative options

Train via Birmingham  •  2h 56m

  1. Take the train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
  2. Take the train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly

£75 - £261

Drive  •  1h 59m

  1. Drive from Leicester to Manchester 106.7 miles

£16 - £24

Leicester to Manchester by train

The train journey time between Leicester and Manchester is around 2h 18m and covers a distance of around 108 miles. The fastest train normally takes 1h 50m. Operated by East Midlands Railways, Southern Service, TransPennine Express Service and others, the Leicester to Manchester train service departs from Leicester and arrives in Manchester Piccadilly. Typically 148 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 18m
Fastest train time:
1h 50m
Train distance:
108 miles
Trains per week:
148
Cheapest price:
£35
Carbon emissions:
9 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
01:02
Last train departs at:
23:35

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Leicester to Manchester train schedules

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The cheapest way to get from Leicester to Manchester is to bus which costs £6 - £9 and takes 4h.

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The quickest way to get from Leicester to Manchester is to drive which costs £16 - £24 and takes 1h 59m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station station and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h.

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No, there is no direct train from Leicester to Manchester. However, there are services departing from Leicester and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly via Sheffield. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2h 9m.

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The distance between Leicester and Manchester is 75 miles. The road distance is 106.7 miles.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 2h 9m and costs £35 - £90.

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It takes approximately 2h 9m to get from Leicester to Manchester, including transfers.

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Leicester to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station.

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Leicester to Manchester train services, operated by East Midlands Railways, depart from Leicester station.

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The best way to get from Leicester to Manchester is to train which takes 2h 9m and costs £35 - £90. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £6 - £9 and takes 4h.

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Map of how to get from Leicester to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 74.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 9m

What companies run services between Leicester, England and Manchester, England?

You can take a train from Leicester to Manchester via Sheffield in around 2h 9m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St twice daily. Tickets cost £6 - £9 and the journey takes 4h.

Train operators
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £50
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£14 - £30
Off-Peak Single
£26 - £40
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£30 - £50
Train from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
53 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£21 - £35
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£9 - £23
Off-Peak Single
£17 - £25
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£21 - £35
TransPennine Express Service
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £120
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £40
Anytime Day 1st Class
£80 - £120
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£45 - £150
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Anytime Day
£45 - £55
Anytime Day 1st Class
£100 - £150
Bus operators
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 Leicester St Margarets Bus Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£6 - £9
Website
National Express

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Leicester to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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Leicester to Manchester train services, operated by TransPennine Express Service, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leicester to Manchester is 107 miles. It takes approximately 1h 59m to drive from Leicester to Manchester.

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