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There are 7 ways to get from Manchester to John o' Groats by plane, train, bus, night train or car

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Fly  •  5 h 59 min

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

$164 - $757

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Train, night train  •  16 h 17 min

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

$102 - $149

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Train, bus  •  13 h 43 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Haymarket
  2. Take the train from Haymarket to Aviemore
  3. Take the bus from Aviemore, Cairngorm Hotel to Inverness, Bus Station G10 / ...
  4. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal X99

Bus  •  14 h

  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

Train  •  14 h 17 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

$164 - $241

Bus via Edinburgh  •  17 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh
  2. Take the bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station G90 / ...
  3. Take the bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Bank of Scotland X99

Drive  •  8 h 47 min

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

$100 - $160

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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to John o' Groats is to drive which costs £80 - £120 and takes 8 h 47 min.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to John o' Groats is to fly which costs £120 - £600 and takes 5 h 59 min.

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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 14 h.

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

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The best way to get from Manchester to John o' Groats without a car is to train and bus which takes 13 h 43 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 59 min to get from Manchester to John o' Groats, including transfers.

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Manchester to John o' Groats bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Shudehill Interchange station.

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The best way to get from Manchester to John o' Groats is to fly which takes 5 h 59 min and costs £120 - £600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 14 h, you could also train, which costs £120 - £190 and takes 14 h 17 min.

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There is no direct flight from Manchester Airport to Wick Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 5 min and has one stopover.

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Manchester to John o' Groats bus services, operated by Stagecoach Highlands, arrive at Wick, Bus Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to John o' Groats.
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  • Distance: 359.8 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 59 min

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

Flybe, British Airways and Loganair fly from Manchester to John o' Groats twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Manchester to John o' Groats via Buchanan Bus Station, Inverness, Bus Station, and Wick, Bus Terminal in around 14 h.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Wick via London Heathrow, Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$240 - $1,100
Flights from Manchester to Wick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Manchester to Wick via Aberdeen
Ave. Duration
4 h 2 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to Wick via Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $750
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 - $130
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$35 - $50
Off-Peak Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Day Single
$85 - $130
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Preston
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14 - $20
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$8 - $12
Off-Peak Day Single
$14 - $21
Anytime Day Single
$14 - $20
ScotRail
Phone
+44 344 811 0141
Email
customer.relations@scotrail.co.uk
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Aviemore
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$35 - $50
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$23 - $35
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $50
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
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
Train from Inverness to Wick
Ave. Duration
4 h 22 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Website
scotrail.co.uk
Advanced Single
$28 - $40
Anytime Day Single
$45 - $60
LNER
Website
lner.co.uk
Train from Haymarket to Aviemore
Ave. Duration
2 h 47 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$26 - $40
1st Class
$50 - $75
Train from Haymarket to Inverness
Ave. Duration
3 h 24 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Website
lner.co.uk
2nd Class
$30 - $50
1st Class
$55 - $85
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 - $160
Sleeper Berth Solo
$198
Sleeper Seat
$45 - $70
Bus operators
Scottish Citylink
Phone
0871 266 33 33
Email
info@citylink.co.uk
Website
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Aviemore, Cairngorm Hotel to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
43 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8 - $12
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Buchanan Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 23 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$30 - $50
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Bus from Edinburgh, Bus Station to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
citylink.co.uk
Stagecoach Highlands
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Aviemore, Cairngorm Hotel to Inverness, Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Wick, Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
2 h 59 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Inverness, Bus Station to Thurso, Bank of Scotland
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Website
stagecoachbus.com
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 Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to Edinburgh
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$23 - $29
Website
nationalexpress.com

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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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British Airways, Loganair and Flybe offer flights from Manchester Airport to Wick Airport.

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There are 58+ hotels available in John o' Groats. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Manchester to Manchester Airport is to train which takes 13 min and costs £3 - £6.

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