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There are 7 ways to get from Manchester to London 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 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston

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Rideshare

  1. Take the rideshare from Manchester to London

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Bus

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

Drive

  1. Drive from Manchester to London Paddington

Fly to London Heathrow

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

Fly to London Gatwick, train

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

Fly to Southampton, train

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

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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to London is to bus which costs £15 - £19 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from Manchester to London is to train which costs £65 - £240 and takes 2h 6m.

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

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Manchester Piccadilly and arriving at London Euston. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 6m.

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The distance between Manchester and London is 164 miles. The road distance is 198.6 miles.

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The best way to get from Manchester to London without a car is to train which takes 2h 6m and costs £65 - £240.

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The train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston takes 2h 6m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Manchester to London bus services, operated by Megabus UK, depart from Manchester Shudehill Interchange station.

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

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The best way to get from Manchester to London is to train which takes 2h 6m and costs £65 - £240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £19 and takes 5h, you could also fly, which costs £45 - £240 and takes 2h 45m.

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Map of how to get from Manchester to London.
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  • Distance: 163.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 6m

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

Avanti West Coast operates a train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £65 - £240 and the journey takes 2h 6m. Alternatively, Megabus UK operates a bus from Manchester Shudehill Interchange to London Victoria Coach Station every 4 hours. Tickets cost £14 - £23 and the journey takes 5h. Two other operators also service this route.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £320
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£50 - £290
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
£24 - £210
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£100 - £360
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick via Belfast (Aldergrove)
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£70 - £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 Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
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 Manchester to London Victoria Coach Station
Ave. Duration
5h 15m
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 Manchester to London
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£14 - £35
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Manchester to London bus services, operated by Megabus UK, arrive at London Victoria Coach Station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to London is 199 miles. It takes approximately 3h 26m to drive from Manchester to London.

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

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Book your Manchester to London train tickets online with Omio.

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

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There are 2814+ hotels available in London. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Manchester and London. 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 Manchester to Manchester Airport is to train which takes 23 min and costs £5 - £17.

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