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Manchester to Leicester

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Manchester to Leicester by Train



Are you considering a trip from Manchester to Leicester? Why not travel by train! Travelling by train is an obvious choice, as it is one of the most affordable, comfortable and sustainable ways to travel. Make the journey between Manchester and Leicester in style when you travel by train!

While the average journey time from Manchester to Leicester is 3 hours and 42 minutes, you can reach the historic city of Leicester in as little as 1 hour and 35 minutes if you are flexible on when you leave for your trip. Around 160 trains travel this 75-mile (120 km) route between the two cities, so you’ll easily find a departure time that suits your travel plans. Train tickets from Manchester to Leicester start from £12.80* - you’ll be able to find the right fare when you book your journey through Rail Online. We’re here to help you bring your Manchester to Leicester trip to life!



Spend some time leisure time in Leicester

Leicester is a vibrant city located in the heart of England. This city is rich in culture and witness to some of the biggest moments in English history. It’s also more recently known as the final resting place of King Richard III, who was found under the foundations of a Leicester parking lot in 2012. Head to the King Richard III Visitor Centre to learn more about his connection to the city. If you’re after an out-of-this-world experience, don’t forget to add the National Space Centre to your list of things to do. This interactive museum is dedicated to the story of space exploration and features a range of exhibits that will entertain adults and kids alike. Don’t forget to take a walk along the Leicester Riverside, having a rest stop at one of the many bars, cafes and restaurants that dot the bank. Leicester is also home to Leicester City FC and their home ground Kim Power Stadium - catch a game while visiting and see Leicester’s passion for the game and their team in action!

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Affordable train tickets from Manchester to Leicester

Train travel is one of the most affordable and environmentally-friendly ways to move between Manchester and Leicester. We want to provide you with a range of ticket options, so you can find the best possible deals on your journey via train. As well as our range of fares, we at Rail Online have put together a few tips to help you secure the most budget-friendly ticket for your Manchester to Leicester trip:



  • Purchase a Railcard: This can save up to one-third of your costs across eligible journeys for a whole year.
  • Travel off-peak: Travelling off-peak is the simplest way to save on your tickets. If you have flexible departure times, consider travelling during off-peak hours
  • Use GroupSave: If you’re travelling in a group of 3-9 people at off-peak and super off-peak times, you may be eligible to save up to 34% on your London to Liverpool train tickets.
  • Book in advance: Booking in advance will help you find the cheapest tickets. Most UK train companies release tickets up to 12 weeks in advance.


We’ll assist you in planning your journey from start to finish. Get in touch with Rail Online today if you have any questions about your journey between Manchester and Leicester and the return Leicester to Manchester journey. Get ready to be train-spired and embark on a getaway!


Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for more information about your future trip from undefined? Our team at Rail Online have the answers to all your questions.

What's the difference between 1st and 2nd classes?

If you’ve decided to indulge in a First Class ticket, you’re in for a treat. You’ll have access to larger seats with extra legroom, food and drinks service, and access to exclusive lounges available in select train stations around the UK . If a First Class ticket is outside your budget, don’t worry. Standard class still offers you a comfortable and peacefu l journey. Note that not all train routes will offer a First Class option.

How long does the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester take?

The train journey from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester takes an average of 3 hours and 49 minutes. This trip time can vary depending on the train operator and the date you choose to travel.

How much does the train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester cost?

Ticket prices for the Manchester to Leicester journey start from £11.70* - book in advance to secure the best train t icket price.

What time does the first train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester leave?

The first train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester typically leaves early in the morning, around 03:56. However, this can vary depending on the day of the week and the specific train operator.

What's the distance between Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester by train?

The distance between Manchester Piccadilly and Leicester by train is approximately 74 miles (120 km).

Is there WiFi available on trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester?

Most trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester are equipped with Wi-Fi, although the availability of the service may vary depending on which operator you are travelling with. Most stations around the UK do offer free WiFi, so if you cannot connect on the train, you can once you disembark.

What's the fastest journey time between Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester by train?

The fastest journey time between Manchester Piccadilly and Leicester by train is around 1 hour and 35 minutes, althou gh this may depend on the specific train operator and route taken.

Is there a direct train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester?

Yes, there are direct trains from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester. If you want to take a direct train, it may rest rict your flexibility on the time you leave for your trip.

What time does the last train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester leave?

The last train from Manchester Piccadilly to Leicester usually departs in the late evening, around 23:03. The time ca n vary depending on the date you choose to travel.

Is travelling by train more sustainable?

Commute by train and lower your carbon footprint! By taking the train, you’re contributing to a decrease in CO2 emiss ions per individual. This is why travelling by train is not only an affordable but sustainable option.

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