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

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Train  •  2h 7m

  1. Take the train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly

£65 - £240

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Bus  •  5h

  1. Take the bus from London, London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester, Manchester Shudehill Interchange Uk023

£15 - £19

6 alternative options

Train via Nottingham  •  4h 20m

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

£100 - £146

Rideshare  •  4h 2m

  1. Take the rideshare from London to Manchester 200 miles

£16 - £26

Drive  •  3h 26m

  1. Drive from London Paddington to Manchester 198.5 miles

£30 - £50

Fly from London Heathrow  •  2h 42m

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

£44 - £199

Train to Southampton, fly  •  3h 51m

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

£93 - £291

Train to Cambridge, fly  •  3h 18m

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

£74 - £251

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The cheapest way to get from London to Manchester is to bus which costs £15 - £19 and takes 5h.

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The quickest way to get from London to Manchester is to train which costs £65 - £240 and takes 2h 7m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from London, London Victoria Coach Station station and arriving at Manchester, Manchester Shudehill Interchange. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from London Euston and arriving at Manchester Piccadilly. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 7m.

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The distance between London and Manchester is 164 miles. The road distance is 198.5 miles.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester without a car is to train which takes 2h 7m and costs £65 - £240.

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The train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly takes 2h 7m including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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London to Manchester train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, depart from London Euston station.

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The best way to get from London to Manchester is to train which takes 2h 7m and costs £65 - £240. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs £15 - £19 and takes 5h, you could also fly, which costs £40 - £200 and takes 2h 42m.

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Map of how to get from London to Manchester.
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  • Distance: 163.6 miles
  • Duration: 2h 7m

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

Avanti West Coast operates a train from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly hourly. Tickets cost £65 - £240 and the journey takes 2h 7m. Alternatively, FlixBus operates a bus from London, London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester, Manchester Shudehill Interchange 4 times a day. Tickets cost £15 - £19 and the journey takes 5h.

Airlines
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from London Heathrow to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
£40 - £230
Flights from Cambridge to Manchester
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
£35 - £190
Eastern Airways
Website
easternairways.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£65 - £240
Blue Islands Limited
Website
blueislands.com
Flights from Southampton to Manchester
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
£95 - £420
Train operators
East Midlands Railways
Phone
03457 125 678
Email
getintouch@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Website
eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
Train from London St Pancras International to Nottingham
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
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
Train from Nottingham to Manchester Piccadilly
Ave. Duration
1h 46m
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
Bus operators
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from London, London Victoria Coach Station to Manchester, Manchester Shudehill Interchange
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
£15 - £19
Website
flixbus.co.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 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 FlixBus, arrive at Manchester, Manchester Shudehill Interchange station.

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London to Manchester train services, operated by Avanti West Coast, arrive at Manchester Piccadilly station.

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Yes, the driving distance between London to Manchester is 198 miles. It takes approximately 3h 26m 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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Book your London to Manchester train tickets online with Omio.

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Book your London to Manchester bus tickets online with Omio and FlixBus.

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There are 956+ 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 14 min and costs £4 - £35.

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