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London to Manchester Trains


London to Manchester train: It’s about 200 miles from London to Manchester, and by far the best way to make that journey is by train, which takes about three hours. The trains in the UK are like buses, with lots of stops to cities and towns across the country. Manchester has four main train stations: Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Airport, Oxford Road and Manchester Victoria. Check the train tickets now.

Booking train tickets in the UK is very convenient. You can either book train tickets on TrainPal (where there’s no booking fee), or buy train tickets at the rail station, where there are many manned ticket offices and automatic ticket machines, depending on the station. To get from London to Manchester, you can opt for Virgin Express, which takes just more than two hours, and there are also more local, indirect train services, like East Midlands and Cross Country, which take four to five hours. If you buy rail tickets for the express train on the same day you want to travel, an Off-Peak train ticket can cost around £50-60 pounds or more. Book in advance though, it’ll cost you around £20–30. If you’re going to be making more than one train journey, and you’re eligible, you might want to purchase a discount card for booking train tickets. If you’re willing to spend around £30 on one of these, then the train ticket price can be up to 1/3 cheaper.

You can also choose to take the National Express long-distance coach from London to Manchester. Bus fares in the United Kingdom are sometimes cheaper than train tickets. For example, the bus fare from Manchester Victoria Station to Liverpool Lime Street is £8 for a one-way coach ticket and £12 for a one-way train. However, it is recommended that travellers do not take the bus for long-distance travel. The author took a coach from Manchester City to London (5 hours) and could not walk normally after arriving in London.

About Manchester

Manchester is the third-largest city in the UK and a model of urban renewal. Once the centre of the British textiles industry, formerly known as “Cottonopolis”, it’s a thriving, modern city woven with the threads of British industrial history. Manchester is a well-connected city with trains running to Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham in just over 40 minutes. It’s home to more than 700 industries including heavy machinery, weaving, refining, glass, plastics and food processing. It’s not only a political and cultural centre in the northwest of England, but a commercial and employment hub too.Check the trains to Manchester.