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There are 5 ways to get from Preston to Manchester by train, bus, rideshare, taxi or car

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Train  •  48m

  1. Take the train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road

£8 - £26

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Rideshare  •  57m

  1. Take the rideshare from Preston to Manchester 34.8 miles

£4 - £6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  55m

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

£10 - £16

Taxi  •  41m

  1. Take a taxi from Preston to Manchester 36.2 miles

£80 - £100

Drive  •  41m

  1. Drive from Preston to Manchester 36.2 miles

£6 - £9

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The cheapest way to get from Preston to Manchester is to rideshare which costs £4 - £6 and takes 57m.

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The quickest way to get from Preston to Manchester is to taxi which costs £80 - £100 and takes 41m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Preston, Lancashire and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 55m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Preston and arriving at Manchester Oxford Road. Services depart every 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 48m.

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The distance between Preston and Manchester is 27 miles. The road distance is 36.2 miles.

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The best way to get from Preston to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 48m and costs £8 - £26.

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The train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road takes 48m including transfers and departs every 20 minutes.

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Preston to Manchester bus services, operated by National Express, depart from Preston, Lancashire station.

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Preston to Manchester train services, operated by Northern Rail, depart from Preston station.

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The best way to get from Preston to Manchester is to train which takes 48m and costs £8 - £26. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £10 - £16 and takes 55m.

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Map of how to get from Preston to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 27.5 miles
  • Duration: 48m

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

Northern Rail operates a train from Preston to Manchester every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £8 - £13 and the journey takes 48m. Two other operators also service this route. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from Preston to Manchester every 4 hours. Tickets cost £10 - £13 and the journey takes 55m. Megabus UK also services this route once daily.

Train operators
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
tpecustomer.relations@firstgroup.com
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Preston to Manchester Oxford Road
Ave. Duration
31m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£10 - £14
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£6 - £9
Off-Peak Day Single
£10 - £15
Anytime Day Single
£10 - £14
Virgin West Coast Trains
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 Preston, Lancashire to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
£10 - £13
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National Express
Megabus UK
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 Preston to Manchester
Ave. Duration
57m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
£4 - £6
Book at
blablacar.co.uk
Taxi from Preston to Manchester
Ave. Duration
41m
Estimated price
£80 - £100
New City Taxis
Phone
+44 1772 824 000
Website
newcityviptaxis.co.uk
AAA Taxis
Phone
+44 1772 555 444
Website
aaataxispreston.co.uk
Eagle Taxis
Phone
+44 1772 200 300
Website
eagletaxipreston.co.uk
Ashton Allied Taxis
Phone
+44 1772 734 000
Website
ashtonallied.co.uk
Preston City Taxi
Phone
+44 1772 217 217
Website
prestoncitytaxis.co.uk

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

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Preston to Manchester train services, operated by Northern Rail, arrive at Manchester Oxford Road station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Preston to Manchester is 36 miles. It takes approximately 41m to drive from Preston to Manchester.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between Preston and Manchester. A great option if you don't have a driver's licence or want to avoid public transport.

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