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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

$100 - $170

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Bus  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St National Express / ...

$18 - $50

7 alternative options

Train CrossCountry  •  4 h 10 min

  1. Take the train from London Marylebone to Leamington Spa
  2. Take the train from Leamington Spa to Manchester Piccadilly

$108 - $167

Rideshare  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Manchester 199.5 miles

$21 - $35

Drive  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Drive from London to Manchester 200.5 miles

$40 - $65

Fly London Heathrow to Manchester  •  2 h 37 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Manchester (MAN) LHR - MAN

$96 - $295

Train to Southend, fly to Manchester  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Take the train from London Liverpool Street to Southend Airport
  2. Fly from Southend (SEN) to Manchester (MAN) SEN - MAN

$87 - $343

Train to Southampton, fly to Manchester  •  3 h 31 min

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

$69 - $186

Fly London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford, train  •  4 h 13 min

  1. Fly from London Heathrow (LHR) to Leeds Bradford (LBA) LHR - LBA
  2. Take the train from Leeds to Manchester Oxford Road

$105 - $248

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 5 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Euston and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly. Services depart every 30 minutes. The journey takes approximately 2 h 4 min.

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The distance between London and Manchester is 164 miles. The road distance is 200.5 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 2 h 4 min and costs .

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The train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes 2 h 4 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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London to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at London Victoria Coach Station.

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London to Manchester train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, depart from London Euston station.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester is to train which takes 2 h 4 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 5 h 5 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 37 min.

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

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London 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 to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 163.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 4 min

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

Virgin West Coast Trains operates a train from London to Manchester every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $100 - $170 and the journey takes 2 h 4 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London to Manchester every 3 hours. Tickets cost $18 - $24 and the journey takes 5 h 5 min. Megabus UK also services this route once daily.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southend to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $310
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $270
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
Chiltern Railways
Phone
+44 345 600 5165
Website
chilternrailways.co.uk
Train from London Marylebone to Leamington Spa
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$50 - $80
Website
chilternrailways.co.uk
Advance Single
$29 - $45
Anytime Day Single
$50 - $80
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
57 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $26
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 London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $24
Website
nationalexpress.com
Megabus UK
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

Rome2rio's guide to BlaBlaCar
Contact Details
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Manchester
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$21 - $35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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London to Manchester train services, operated by Virgin West Coast Trains, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Manchester is 200 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to drive from London to Manchester.

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British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester Airport.

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Book your London to Manchester bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 777+ hotels available in Manchester. Prices start at $64 USD per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between London 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 London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 14 min and costs .

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