Manchester canal and modern building

Trains to Manchester 

Manchester is situated north-west of England and is the third most popular city to visit with many direct trains to other major cities in Britain including London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.


Known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the city is vibrant, full of character with a good dose of party and festive spirit. Its progressive outlook shows in the community and you can expect a warm welcome from down-to-earth locals.  


Popular Routes to Manchester

The city has 4 stations, with Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria being the main stations with the biggest number of visitors coming in from all over the UK. The station offers a free city bus service for those looking to go around town, but the city is also an easy 10-minute walk away.

The most popular routes to and from Manchester operate from the following stations:  

From To Average Travel Time*



2 h 15 min



42 min



3 h 12 min



3 h 49 min



3 h 32 min

* Please note journey times are based on average and may vary depending on the rail provider and time of travel.

Cheap Tickets to Manchester 

Railcards offer value for money if you travel by train, saving you at least 1/3 on most rail fares. With a bit of planning, buying tickets in advance can save you a pretty pound, and if the travel bug has you travelling a lot then a Railcard might be worth your while!

The Railcards available include:


  • 16-25 Railcard
  • Two Together Railcard
  •  Family & Friends Railcard
  • Senior Railcard
  • Disabled Persons Railcard
  • 26-30 Railcard

Visit the Railcard Website and buy a Railcard Now!

You may also want to check out our Regional Railcards to see if there are discounts for travelling to and from where you are. 


 Under 5 Travel free, accompanied by a fare-paying passenger. 
 5-15 Are eligible for a 50% discount on most tickets, though proof of age will need to be carried where appropriate.
 16-17 Saver

Like a Railcard but with bigger discounts for anyone aged 16 or 17. 

When in Manchester

There are a wealth of attractions and museums to occupy your time in the city. Manchester Museum was founded as a natural history museum in 1821 and features various collections from all over the world in its galleries and exhibitions. For an insight into Manchester’s industrial history, visit Imperial War Museums North and the Science & Industry Museum.

Football lovers will enjoy the National Football Museum where fans can test their ball skills, try their hand at commentary. Manchester United Fans can go on the Manchester Stadium Tour where they can view the stadium in a completely different light.

For those who love to shop, there are a number of independent boutiques and vintage shops in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a buzzing urban creative hub that is also packed with independent cafes, bars and restaurants. For high street stores and supermarkets, Arndale Shopping Centre is a short walk away from the station and is full of your favourite high street brands.  



Explore and save 

Interested in exploring more of what Manchester has to offer? Check out our Days Out Guide for great deals on attractions and activities.

Ready to go?

Use our Journey Planner and book your tickets now!

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Last updated:   11 October 2021