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

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Train  •  1h 58m

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

£35 - £55

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Bus  •  3h 20m

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

£17 - £23

2 alternative options

Train via Birmingham  •  2h 38m

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

£52 - £100

Drive  •  1h 58m

  1. Drive from Leicester to Manchester 106.7 miles

£17 - £26

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The cheapest way to get from Leicester to Manchester is to drive which costs £17 - £26 and takes 1h 58m.

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The quickest way to get from Leicester to Manchester is to train which costs £35 - £60 and takes 1h 58m.

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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 3h 20m.

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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 1h 58m.

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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 1h 58m and costs £35 - £60.

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It takes approximately 1h 58m to get from Leicester to Manchester, including transfers.

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Leicester to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Leicester St Margarets Bus Station.

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

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The best way to get from Leicester to Manchester is to train which takes 1h 58m and costs £35 - £60. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £17 - £23 and takes 3h 20m.

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Map of how to get from Leicester to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 74.6 miles
  • Duration: 1h 58m

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

You can take a train from Leicester to Manchester via Sheffield in around 1h 58m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Leicester to Manchester twice daily. Tickets cost £17 - £23 and the journey takes 3h 20m.

Train operators
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Sheffield
Ave. Duration
53m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£24 - £35
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
£11 - £17
Off-Peak Single
£23 - £40
Anytime Day Single
£24 - £35
Anytime Single
£30 - £50
Train from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£15 - £22
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £11
Off-Peak Single
£14 - £23
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £22
Anytime Single
£21 - £35
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£13 - £19
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £11
Off-Peak Day Single
£12 - £18
Anytime Day Single
£13 - £19
CrossCountry
Phone
0344 736 9123
Email
customer.relations@crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Train from Leicester to Birmingham New Street
Ave. Duration
50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£27 - £45
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£19 - £29
Anytime Single
£27 - £45
Off-Peak Single
£16 - £24
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£35 - £60
Website
crosscountrytrains.co.uk
Advanced Single
£25 - £40
Anytime Single
£35 - £60
Off-Peak Single
£29 - £45
Arriva Trains Wales
Phone
03333 211 202
Email
customer.relations@arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Train from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 58m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
£25 - £40
Website
arrivatrainswales.co.uk
Advanced Single
£12 - £17
Anytime Day Single
£25 - £40
First Anytime Day Single
£40 - £60
Virgin West Coast Trains
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
3h 20m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£17 - £23
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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, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Leicester to Manchester is 107 miles. It takes approximately 1h 58m to drive from Leicester to Manchester.

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