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There are 8 ways to get from London to Manchester by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 12m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly London Euston - Manchester Piccadilly

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Rideshare  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Manchester 200 miles

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Bus  •  4h 50m

  1. Take the bus from Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Central Coach Station 540 / ...

Drive  •  3h 26m

  1. Drive from London Paddington to Manchester 198.5 miles

Fly from London Heathrow  •  2h 40m

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

Fly from London City  •  5h 2m

  1. Fly from London City (LCY) to Manchester (MAN) LCY - MAN

Train to London Gatwick, fly  •  5h 3m

  1. Take the train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
  2. Fly from London Gatwick (LGW) to Manchester (MAN) LGW - MAN

Train to London Luton, fly  •  5h 26m

  1. Take the train from London St Pancras Intl to Luton
  2. Fly from London Luton (LTN) to Manchester (MAN) LTN - MAN

London to Manchester by train

The train journey time between London and Manchester is around 2h 12m and covers a distance of around 184 miles. Operated by Avanti West Coast, the London to Manchester train service departs from London Euston and arrives in Manchester Piccadilly. Typically 305 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

305 Weekly Trains
2h 12m Average Duration
£65 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from London to Manchester is to rideshare which costs £16 - £26 and takes 4h 2m.

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The fastest way to get from London to Manchester is to train which takes 2h 12m and costs £65 - £180.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Manchester Central Coach Station station. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 50m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Euston and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 12m.

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The distance between London and Manchester is 164 miles. The road distance is 198.5 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 2h 12m and costs £65 - £180.

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The train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes 2h 12m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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London to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Victoria Coach Station.

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

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The best way to get from London to Manchester is to train which takes 2h 12m and costs £65 - £180. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £22 - £35 and takes 4h 50m, you could also fly, which costs £45 - £210 and takes 2h 40m.

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Map of how to get from London to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 163.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 12m

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

Avanti West Coast operates a train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £65 - £180 and the journey takes 2h 12m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Central Coach Station hourly. Tickets cost £29 - £45 and the journey takes 4h 50m. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
When
Monday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£30 - £180
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 43m
When
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 18m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 31m
When
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£55 - £250
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 38m
When
Monday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
£30 - £170
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
£30 - £170
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£35 - £180
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Paris Charles de Gaulle
Ave. Duration
4h 33m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Geneva
Ave. Duration
4h 44m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£50 - £240
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Berlin Brandenburg
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Friday
Estimated price
£55 - £260
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Nice
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
£65 - £290
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Innsbruck
Ave. Duration
5h 55m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£60 - £270
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Malaga
Ave. Duration
7h 10m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£85 - £370
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £240
Flights from London City to Manchester via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£260 - £350
Flights from London City to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£190 - £370
Flights from London City to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£190 - £370
Flights from London City to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol, London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£190 - £370
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£70 - £230
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 19m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
£19 - £130
Flights from London Luton to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£17 - £120
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from London City to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
£190 - £330
Flights from London City to Manchester via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
4h 10m
When
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£190 - £370
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£70 - £230
KLM
Website
klm.com
Flights from London City to Manchester via Amsterdam Schiphol
Ave. Duration
4h 17m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£230 - £600
Lufthansa
Website
lufthansa.com
Flights from London City to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 23m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£340 - £1,200
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Frankfurt
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£120 - £430
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from London City to Manchester via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday
Estimated price
£260 - £350
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from London City to Manchester via Zurich
Ave. Duration
4h 35m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
£340 - £600
Aurigny
Website
aurigny.com
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester via Guernsey
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£27 - £250
Train operators
Avanti West Coast
Phone
00 44 345 528 0253
Website
avantiwestcoast.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£65 - £180
Website
https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/
Anytime Single
£65 - £95
Anytime Single 1st Class
£120 - £180
Gatwick Express
Phone
+44 345 850 1530
Website
gatwickexpress.com
Train from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£12
Schedules at
https://www.gatwickexpress.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/timetables
Website
https://www.gatwickexpress.com/
Anytime Day SIngle
£12
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London St Pancras Intl to Luton
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
£15 - £35
Website
https://www.thameslinkrailway.com/
Anytime Day Single
£15 - £22
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£22 - £35
Bus operators
National Express
Phone
08717 81 81 81
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Central Coach Station
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£29 - £45
Website
https://www.nationalexpress.com/en
FlixBus
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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Victoria Coach Station to Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
5h 25m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£22 - £35
Website
https://www.flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
For more information, please visit this page
Other operators
BlaBlaCar
Phone
+3 318 576 2228
Website
blablacar.com
Rideshare from London to Manchester
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£16 - £26
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Manchester is 198 miles. It takes approximately 3h 26m 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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