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There are 8 ways to get from Manchester to London by train, bus, rideshare, car or plane

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Train  •  2h 6m

  1. Take the train from Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston

£65 - £240

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Bus  •  5h 10m

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

£9 - £12

6 alternative options

Train via Nottingham  •  3h 58m

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

£100 - £148

Rideshare  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the rideshare from Manchester to London 200.3 miles

£14 - £35

Drive  •  3h 26m

  1. Drive from Manchester to London Paddington 198.6 miles

£30 - £45

Fly to London Heathrow  •  2h 50m

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

£54 - £222

Fly to London Gatwick, train  •  3h 12m

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

£44 - £240

Fly to Southampton, train  •  4h 1m

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

£80 - £432

Manchester to London by train

The train journey time between Manchester and London is around 2h 16m and covers a distance of around 184 miles. The fastest train normally takes 2h 6m. Operated by Avanti West Coast, the Manchester to London train service departs from Manchester Piccadilly and arrives in London Euston. Typically 252 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
2h 16m
Fastest train time:
2h 6m
Trains per week:
252
Cheapest price:
£65
Carbon emissions:
15 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:05
Last train departs at:
21:15

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Manchester to London train schedules

Manchester → London
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The cheapest way to get from Manchester to London is to bus which costs £9 - £12 and takes 5h 10m.

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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 Coach Station, Chorlton St station and arriving at London Victoria Coach Station station. Services depart every three hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h 10m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Manchester Piccadilly and arriving at London Euston. Services depart hourly, 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 hourly.

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Manchester to London bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St.

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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 £9 - £12 and takes 5h 10m, you could also fly, which costs £50 - £230 and takes 2h 50m.

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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 hourly. Tickets cost £65 - £240 and the journey takes 2h 6m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St to London Victoria Coach Station every 3 hours. Tickets cost £9 - £12 and the journey takes 5h 10m.

Airlines
Loganair
Website
loganair.co.uk
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow via Isle Of Man
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£130 - £470
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £200
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Manchester to London Heathrow
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £240
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Sunday
Estimated price
£150 - £700
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£140 - £550
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£45 - £200
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Manchester to Southampton
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£70 - £250
Aer Lingus
Website
aerlingus.com
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick via Dublin
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
£140 - £550
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Manchester to London Gatwick via Jersey
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
£75 - £410
Train operators
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Train from Manchester Piccadilly to Nottingham
Ave. Duration
1h 51m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£40 - £60
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£18 - £35
Off-Peak Single
£30 - £50
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£40 - £60
Train from Nottingham to London St Pancras International
Ave. Duration
1h 44m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£60 - £90
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£27 - £50
Off-Peak Single
£50 - £75
Anytime Day Single/Anytime Single
£60 - £90
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
5h 10m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £12
Website
National Express
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 5m.

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Manchester to London bus services, operated by National Express, 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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Loganair and British Airways offer flights from Manchester Airport to London Heathrow Airport.

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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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