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There are 7 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

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Shudehill Interchange

Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Manchester

Drive

  1. Drive from London Paddington to Manchester

Fly from London Heathrow

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

Train to London Gatwick, fly

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

Train to Southampton, fly

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

London to Manchester by train

The train journey time between London and Manchester is around 2h 9m 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 289 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

289 Weekly Trains
2h 9m Average Duration
£65 Cheapest Price
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The cheapest way to get from London to Manchester is to bus which costs £15 - £19 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from London to Manchester is to train which costs £65 - £240 and takes 2h 9m.

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

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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 9m.

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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 9m and costs £65 - £240.

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The train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes 2h 9m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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London to Manchester bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from London 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 9m and costs £65 - £240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £19 and takes 5h, you could also fly, which costs £45 - £210 and takes 2h 36m.

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Map of how to get from London to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 163.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 9m

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 - £240 and the journey takes 2h 9m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Shudehill Interchange 5 times a day. Tickets cost £7 - £23 and the journey takes 5h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £300
Flights from London Gatwick to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £290
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£190 - £420
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£95 - £300
Train operators
Bus operators
Megabus UK
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
4h 50m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 30 300 137 300
Email
service@flixbus.com
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
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.
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Other operators
BlaBlaCar

Blablacar is a popular ridesharing platform with 70 million users over 22 (mostly European) countries. 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 to be accepted, and pay your share of the set price.

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Contact Details
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 Megabus UK, arrive at Manchester Shudehill Interchange 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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Book your London to Manchester train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your London to Manchester bus tickets online with Omio, Distribusion and FlixBus.

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There are 315+ hotels available in Manchester. Prices start at £75 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 £4 - £35.

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