There are 8 ways to get from Manchester to John o' Groats by train, bus, night train, 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.

Recommended option

Train, bus  •  11 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Haymarket
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Inverness
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park Jg2

$152 - $213

Cheapest option

Bus National Express  •  14 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Perth, Scotland
  2. Take the bus from Perth, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station M91
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal X99

$51 - $87

6 alternative options

Bus  •  13 h 31 min

  1. Take the bus from Shudehill Interchange to Buchanan Bus Station M11
  2. Take the bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G10
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal X99

$75 - $123

Train  •  14 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Haymarket
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Inverness
  3. Take the train from Inverness to Wick

$165 - $243

Train, night train, bus  •  14 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
  2. Take the night train from Preston to Inverness
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal X99

$72 - $112

Drive  •  8 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Manchester to John o' Groats 493.1 miles

$100 - $160

Fly to Wick  •  7 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Wick (WIC) MAN - WIC

$167 - $761

Fly to Inverness, bus  •  6 h 58 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Inverness (INV) MAN - INV
  2. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park

$106 - $275

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Manchester to John o' Groats is to bus which costs £40 - £70 and takes 14 h 55 min.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to John o' Groats is to fly and bus which costs £80 - £220 and takes 6 h 58 min.

More details

The distance between Manchester and John o' Groats is 360 miles. The road distance is 493.1 miles.

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It takes approximately 11 h 28 min to get from Manchester to John o' Groats, including transfers.

More details

No, there is no direct bus from Manchester to John o' Groats. However, there are services departing from Shudehill Interchange and arriving at John o' Groats, Post Office via Buchanan Bus Station, Inverness, Bus Station and Wick, Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 31 min.

More details

Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to John o' Groats is 493 miles. It takes approximately 8 h 47 min to drive from Manchester to John o' Groats.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to John o' Groats.
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  • Distance: 359.8 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 28 min

What companies run services between Manchester, England and John o' Groats, Scotland?

You can take a bus from Manchester to John o' Groats via Buchanan Bus Station, Inverness, Bus Station, and Wick, Bus Terminal in around 13 h 31 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Manchester to John o' Groats via Haymarket, Inverness, Wick, and Wick, Bus Terminal in around 14 h 18 min.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Manchester to Wick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
6 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Manchester to Wick via Belfast City, Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$190 - $850
Flights from Manchester to Inverness via Belfast City
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$95 - $440
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Wick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
4 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flights from Manchester to Inverness
Ave. Duration
1 h 18 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $350
Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Haymarket
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$30 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $80
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $120
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $18
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$7 - $11
Off-Peak Day Single
$13 - $19
Anytime Day Single
$13 - $18
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 25 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$27 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Caledonian Sleeper
Website
sleeper.scot
Night train from Preston to Inverness
Ave. Duration
7 h 39 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Website
sleeper.scot
Sleeper Berth Twin
$110 - $150
Sleeper Berth Solo
$194
Sleeper Seat
$45 - $70
Bus operators
John O'Groats Ferries
Phone
+44 (0)1955 611353
Website
jogferry.co.uk
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to John o' Groats, Car Park
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
jogferry.co.uk
Megabus UK
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Perth, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 52 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $35
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
National Express
Phone
+44 08717 818178
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Perth, Scotland
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com
Bus from Perth, Scotland to Inverness, Scotland
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$12 - $16
Website
nationalexpress.com

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