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There are 8 ways to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester by train, bus, night bus, car or plane

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Train  •  3h 30m

  1. Take the train from Luton to London St Pancras International LL
  2. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

£83 - £357

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Night bus  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the night bus from Luton Airport London to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express

£8 - £11

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Bus, train  •  3h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Old Airport Bus Station to Central station 99
  2. Take the train from Milton Keynes Central to Manchester Piccadilly

£56 - £188

Train via Nottingham  •  5h 4m

  1. Take the train from Luton to Kettering
  2. Take the train from Kettering to Nottingham
  3. Take the train from Nottingham to Manchester Piccadilly

£92 - £142

Bus  •  5h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14 to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express

£12 - £16

Drive  •  2h 59m

  1. Drive from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester 173.3 miles

£26 - £40

Bus to London Heathrow, fly  •  3h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Luton Airport London to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
  2. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) LHR - MAN

£55 - £193

Train, train to Southampton, fly  •  5h 8m

  1. Take the train from Luton to West Hampstead Thameslink
  2. Take the train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway
  3. Fly from Southampton (SOU) to Manchester (MAN) SOU - MAN

£98 - £458

London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester by bus, train and walk

The journey time between London Luton Airport (LTN) and Manchester is around 3h 18m and covers a distance of around 217 miles. The fastest journey normally takes 3h 1m. Operated by Arriva UK, Stagecoach in Bedford, National Express and others, the London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester service departs from Airport Bus Station and arrives in Manchester Piccadilly. Typically 232 services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
3h 18m
Fastest journey time:
3h 1m
Services per week:
232
Cheapest price:
£83
Carbon emissions:
18 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
04:10
Last service departs at:
20:45

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester bus, train and walk schedules

Departing Wednesday, June 16, 2021

London Luton Airport (LTN) → Manchester
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester is to night bus which costs £8 - £11 and takes 5h 15m.

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The fastest way to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester is to drive which takes 2h 59m and costs £26 - £40.

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Yes, there is an overnight bus departing from Luton Airport London and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station. This bus operates every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 15m.

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The distance between London Luton Airport (LTN) and Manchester is 136 miles. The road distance is 173.3 miles.

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The best way to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 3h 30m and costs £80 - £360.

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It takes approximately 3h 30m to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester, including transfers.

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London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14 station.

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The best way to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester is to train which takes 3h 30m and costs £80 - £360. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £11 - £16 and takes 5h 20m.

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The quickest flight from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h.

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London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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Map of how to get from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 136.1 miles
  • Duration: 3h 30m

What companies run services between London Luton Airport (LTN), England and Manchester, England?

You can take a train from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester via Luton Station Interchange, Luton, London St Pancras International LL, and London Euston in around 3h 30m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14 to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St twice daily. Tickets cost £7 - £10 and the journey takes 3h 40m.

Airlines
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £200
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £240
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Train operators
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from Luton to London St Pancras International LL
Ave. Duration
36 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £17
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£14 - £17
Train from Luton to West Hampstead Thameslink
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
£12 - £16
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£12 - £16
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Luton to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
28 min
Frequency
Hourly
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 Luton to Kettering
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£21 - £35
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£9 - £23
Off-Peak Single
£17 - £24
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£21 - £35
Train from Kettering to Nottingham
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£27 - £40
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£12 - £27
Off-Peak Single
£22 - £35
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£27 - £40
Train from Nottingham to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £60
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£18 - £35
Off-Peak Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£40 - £60
Avanti West Coast
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£65 - £240
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £90
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£170 - £240
Train from Milton Keynes Central to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 36m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£50 - £180
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£50 - £65
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£130 - £180
Bus operators
Stagecoach in Bedford
Phone
+44 1234 220030
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Old Airport Bus Station to Central station
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£5 - £8
Website
Stagecoach in Bedford
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 Milton Keynes Coachway, M1 Junction 14 to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
£7 - £10
Website
National Express
Night bus from Luton Airport London to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£8 - £11
Website
National Express
Bus from Luton Airport London to Heathrow Airport London T2,3
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£4 - £7
Website
National Express

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Yes, the driving distance between London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester is 173 miles. It takes approximately 2h 59m to drive from London Luton Airport (LTN) to Manchester.

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