Trains to Manchester

Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK behind London and Edinburgh. There are four main railway stations in the city centre: Piccadilly, Victoria, Oxford and Deansgate. Of the four, the major stations are Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly.Manchester Piccadilly

Popular Train Trips to Manchester

Being landlocked in the North West of England, Manchester is easy to travel to on direct train routes from major UK cities including London, Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Northern, CrossCountry and TrainsPennine are some of the main train companies that run routes to Manchester.

Below is a list of the most popular trains to Manchester from around the country –



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Use our journey planner to search for the routes, times and prices that match your requirements best.

Whilst you’re in Manchester…


Manchester is a metropolitan borough with a vibrant hub for shopping, art, food and of course sport.


A meal in Manchester is something not to skip. The city has its own curry mile on Wilmslow Road that runs through the centre of Rusholme. One of the most renowned eateries in the area is Punjab Tandoori; recipients of a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence in 2014. Their signature dish is the Dosa, a pancake made from rice batter and black lentils.

If cheese gets your palate watering, then close to Manchester Piccadilly station is an absolute gem called Northern Soul. They serve grilled cheese sandwiches with plenty of filling options. They also have their own take on the classic mac and cheese which is as good as it gets.


Sea Turtles, Moray Eels and Lionfish are some of the wonderful underworld creatures that are on view at Sea Life Manchester, you could even bag a 2for1 discount with a Days Out Guide voucher.

Sea Life Manchester have two giant turtles named Cammy and Ernie that live in the centre’s tropical ocean tank. If you fancy getting a bit closer, then take the VIP experience and get involved with feeding the amazing turtles – it’s something you’ll never forget. The centre is a bus ride away from Manchester Piccadilly station.


If you’re feeling nostalgic whilst in the powerhouse of the North West, then head over to the transport museum and soak up a hundred years of public carriage history.

The museum houses over 70 buses which are in full working order and they are all maintained by volunteers. If you’re travelling between April and December, you could be lucky enough to hop on one of the museum’s free heritage bus rides.


Who hasn’t laid Lego bricks? Yes, Manchester has a Lego Discovery Centre too and it’s full of Lego Masonry of the ridiculously highest level. Some of the indoor themes at Manchester Lego Discovery Centre include Ninjago - a three storey ninja themed play area, Space Mission – an interactive experience that involves building Lego Rockets and Lego 4D cinema; it’s all just so much fun.


Even if you’re not a fan, it’s hard to avoid talking about this great city without mentioning Manchester United - one of the biggest football clubs in the world. Full of sporting history, Manchester United offers a museum and stadium tour that takes guests through a century of its ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies.

Whatever you decide to do whilst you’re in Manchester, your trip starts by finding the most suitable journey, you can do this right now by searching on the National Rail journey planner.

Last updated:   06 May 2020