There are 9 ways to get from Manchester to London by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train Virgin West Coast Trains  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston

$100 - $170

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Rideshare  •  4 h 2 min

  1. Take the rideshare from Manchester to London 200.2 miles

$18 - $45

7 alternative options

Train East Midlands Trains  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Oxford Road to Nottingham
  2. Take the train from Nottingham to London St Pancras International

$94 - $140

Bus  •  4 h 55 min

  1. Take the bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to London Victoria Coach Station National Express / ...

$18 - $50

Drive  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Manchester to London 200.9 miles

$40 - $65

Fly Manchester to London Heathrow  •  2 h 38 min

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

$95 - $297

Fly Manchester to Southend, train  •  3 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Manchester (MAN) to Southend (SEN) MAN - SEN
  2. Take the train from Southend Airport to London Liverpool Street

$82 - $323

Fly Manchester to Southampton, train  •  4 h 2 min

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

$69 - $187

Train to Leeds Bradford, fly to London Heathrow  •  4 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Manchester Oxford Road to Leeds
  2. Fly from Leeds Bradford (LBA) to London Heathrow (LHR) LBA - LHR

$104 - $250

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station and arriving at London Victoria Coach Station station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 55 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Manchester Piccadilly and arriving at London Euston. Services depart hourly. The journey takes approximately 2 h 5 min.

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The distance between Manchester and London is 164 miles. The road distance is 200.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Manchester to London without a car is to train which takes 2 h 5 min and costs .

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The train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston takes 2 h 5 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Manchester to London bus services, operated by National Express, arrive at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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

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The best way to get from Manchester to London is to train which takes 2 h 5 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 h 55 min, you could also fly, which costs and takes 2 h 38 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Manchester to London.
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  • Distance: 163.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 5 min

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

Virgin West Coast Trains operates a train from Manchester to London hourly. Tickets cost $100 - $170 and the journey takes 2 h 5 min. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Manchester to London every 2 hours. Tickets cost $18 - $23 and the journey takes 4 h 55 min. Megabus UK also services this route 5 times a day.

Airlines
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Manchester to Southend
Ave. Duration
1 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $290
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $210
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $360
Flights from Leeds Bradford to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $270
Train operators
Virgin West Coast Trains
East Midlands Trains
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from Manchester Oxford Road to Nottingham
Ave. Duration
1 h 49 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$19 - $28
Off-Peak Single
$35 - $60
Anytime Day Single
$35 - $55
Anytime Single
$55 - $80
Train from Nottingham to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1 h 51 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$55 - $85
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Advance Single
$29 - $45
Off-Peak Single
$55 - $90
Anytime Day Single
$55 - $85
Anytime Single
$80 - $120
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Manchester Oxford Road to Leeds
Ave. Duration
58 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
$9 - $14
Off-Peak Day Single
$16 - $24
Anytime Day Single
$18 - $25
Bus operators
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
4 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $23
Website
nationalexpress.com
Other operators
BlaBlaCar

A ridesharing platform with 40 million users, Blablacar gives you access to destinations without worrying about on-the-road chaos. 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 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
4 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Manchester to London is 201 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 27 min 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 bus tickets online with Distribusion.

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There are 8331+ hotels available in London. Prices start at $75 USD 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 13 min and costs .

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