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

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  2h 5m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

£65 - £240

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Bus  •  4h 40m

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

£9 - £12

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Train via Nottingham  •  4h 12m

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

£76 - £108

Rideshare  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Manchester 199.5 miles

£16 - £26

Drive  •  3h 25m

  1. Drive from London Paddington to Manchester 198.6 miles

£30 - £50

Fly London Heathrow to Manchester  •  2h 39m

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

£54 - £228

Train to Southampton, fly to Manchester  •  3h 32m

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

£66 - £180

Fly London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford, train  •  4h 26m

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

£60 - £192

Train to Cambridge, fly to Manchester  •  3h 42m

  1. Take the train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
  2. Fly from Cambridge (CBG) to Manchester (MAN) CBG - MAN

£61 - £217

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The cheapest way to get from London to Manchester is to bus which costs £9 - £12 and takes 4h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from London to Manchester is to train which costs £65 - £240 and takes 2h 5m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 40m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Euston and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 5m.

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The distance between London and Manchester is 164 miles. The road distance is 198.6 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 2h 5m and costs £65 - £240.

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The train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes 2h 5m including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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

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London to Manchester train services, operated by East Midlands Railways, depart from London St Pancras International station.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester is to train which takes 2h 5m and costs £65 - £240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £9 - £12 and takes 4h 40m, you could also fly, which costs £50 - £230 and takes 2h 39m.

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

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

Virgin Trains operates a train from London Euston to Manchester every 30 minutes. Tickets cost £65 - £240 and the journey takes 2h 5m. Alternatively, National Express operates a bus from London Victoria to Manchester every 2 hours. Tickets cost £9 - £12 and the journey takes 4h 40m.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 6m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£60 - £270
Flights from London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Every day
Estimated price
£55 - £210
Flights from Cambridge to Manchester
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
£35 - £170
Flybe
Website
flybe.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£35 - £160
Train operators
Virgin Trains
Phone
0344 556 5650
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£65 - £240
Website
virgintrains.co.uk
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day Single
£65 - £90
Anytime Day Single 1st Class
£170 - £240
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
[email protected]
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Nottingham
Ave. Duration
1h 37m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£45 - £65
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£22 - £35
Off-Peak Single
£40 - £70
Anytime Day Single
£45 - £65
Anytime Single
£60 - £95
Train from Nottingham to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£30 - £45
Website
eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk
Advance Single
£14 - £21
Off-Peak Single
£29 - £45
Anytime Day Single
£30 - £45
Anytime Single
£40 - £60
South Western Railway
Phone
0345 6000 650
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Train from London Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway
Ave. Duration
1h 8m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£30 - £65
Website
southwesternrailway.com
Schedules at
ojp.nationalrail.co.uk
Anytime Day
£30 - £45
Anytime Day 1st Class
£55 - £65
TransPennine Express
Phone
+44 345 600 1671
Email
[email protected]
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Train from Leeds to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 4m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
£14 - £20
Website
tpexpress.co.uk
Advance Single
£7 - £11
Off-Peak Day Single
£12 - £19
Anytime Day Single
£14 - £20
Great Northern
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
48 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
£19 - £27
Website
greatnorthernrail.com
Thameslink
Phone
0345 026 4700
Website
thameslinkrailway.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
1h 11m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
£25 - £30
Website
Thameslink
Anytime
£25 - £30
Grand Central
Phone
+44 345 603 4852
Email
[email protected]
Website
grandcentralrail.com
Train from London Kings Cross to Cambridge
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
£20 - £35
Website
grandcentralrail.com
Advanced Single
£10 - £14
Anytime Single
£8 - £12
Anytime Day Single
£20 - £35
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 London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester Coach Station, Chorlton St
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£9 - £12
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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 London to Manchester
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
£16 - £26
Book at
blablacar.co.uk

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

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

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London to Manchester train services, operated by East Midlands Railways, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Manchester is 199 miles. It takes approximately 3h 25m to drive from London to Manchester.

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British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow Airport to Manchester Airport.

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There are 1149+ hotels available in Manchester. Prices start at £75 per night.

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Check out Blablacar's carpooling service for rideshare options between London and Manchester. 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 London to London Heathrow Airport is to train which takes 15 min and costs £5 - £35.

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