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There are 4 ways to get from Wigan to Manchester by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  39 min

  1. Take the train from Wigan North Western to Manchester Victoria

£7 - £13

Cheapest option

Line 9 bus, bus  •  1h 36m

  1. Take the line 9 bus from Wigan, Wallgate to Leigh Bus Station 9
  2. Take the bus from Leigh Bus Station to Manchester City Centre, Portland Buildings V1

£5 - £8

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  32 min

  1. Take a taxi from Wigan to Manchester 26.3 miles

£55 - £70

Drive  •  32 min

  1. Drive from Wigan to Manchester 26.3 miles

£4 - £6

Wigan to Manchester by train

The train journey time between Wigan and Manchester is around 41 min and covers a distance of around 18 miles. The fastest train normally takes 35 min. Operated by Northern Rail, the Wigan to Manchester train service departs from Wigan North Western and arrives in Manchester Victoria. Typically 340 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Train route overview

Average train time:
41 min
Fastest train time:
35 min
Trains per week:
340
Cheapest price:
£7
Carbon emissions:
1 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
05:54
Last train departs at:
23:26

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Wigan to Manchester train schedules

Wigan → Manchester
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The cost-effective way to get from Wigan to Manchester is to drive, which costs £4 - £6 and takes 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Wigan to Manchester is to taxi which costs £55 - £70 and takes 32 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Wigan to Manchester. However, there are services departing from Wigan, Wallgate and arriving at Manchester City Centre, Portland Buildings via Leigh Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 1h 36m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Wigan North Western and arriving at Manchester Victoria. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 39 min.

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The distance between Wigan and Manchester is 17 miles. The road distance is 26.3 miles.

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The best way to get from Wigan to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 39 min and costs £7 - £13.

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The train from Wigan North Western to Manchester Victoria takes 39 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Wigan to Manchester bus services, operated by Stagecoach Manchester, depart from Wigan, Wallgate station.

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Wigan to Manchester train services, operated by Northern Rail, depart from Wigan North Western station.

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The best way to get from Wigan to Manchester is to train which takes 39 min and costs £7 - £13. Alternatively, you can line 9 bus and bus, which costs £5 - £8 and takes 1h 36m.

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Map of how to get from Wigan to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 17.1 miles
  • Duration: 39 min

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

Northern Rail operates a train from Wigan North Western to Manchester Victoria every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £7 - £13 and the journey takes 39 min. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Wigan to Manchester via Leigh Bus Station in around 1h 36m.

Train operators
Bus operators
Stagecoach Manchester
Phone
0161 273 3377
Email
manchester.enquiries@stagecoachbus.com
Website
stagecoachbus.com
Bus from Wigan, Wallgate to Leigh Bus Station
Ave. Duration
39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£3 - £4
Website
Stagecoach Manchester
Other operators
Taxi from Wigan to Manchester
Ave. Duration
32 min
Estimated price
£55 - £70
Premier Taxis
Phone
+44 1942 244 424
Hindley Taxis
Phone
+44 1942 253 535
Crusader Taxis
Phone
+44 1942 49 49 49
Bluestar Taxis
Phone
+44 1942 24 24 24
Website
wigantaxis.co.uk

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Wigan to Manchester bus services, operated by First, arrive at Manchester City Centre, Portland Buildings station.

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Wigan to Manchester train services, operated by Northern Rail, arrive at Manchester Victoria station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Wigan to Manchester is 26 miles. It takes approximately 32 min to drive from Wigan to Manchester.

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