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Manchester to London

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Trains from Manchester to London

Travelling to London by train from Manchester is an affordable, stress-free option for all travellers. Whether you’re going on a business trip or a short getaway to explore the city, Rail Online will help you find the best cost-effective solution for your travel plans. With more than 56 daily train services running on this line, you’ll easily find a train that fits your schedule.



A train journey from Manchester to London can take as little as 2 hours and 05minutes. Your direct Manchester to London train will see you starting your journey at Piccadilly station and ending at Euston station. Without making any changes along the way, you can make the most of your train journey by reading a book, streaming the latest movie on Netflix or simply enjoying the outside view.



Find tickets for your London trip from as little as £23.90* with Rail Online today.



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How to find cheap train tickets from Manchester to London

Whether you’re well-travelled or jumping on a London-bound train for the first time, finding the cheapest fares will always be a priority. Why spend more money on train tickets when you can allocate your budget for sightseeing or special activities on your London trip? Trust Rail Online to offer you the best available tickets for your journey.



Other than choosing Rail Online, there are a few tips you can follow to find the most cost-effective travel solution that suits you.



  • Get a Railcard: This can save up to one-third of your costs across eligible journeys for a whole year.
  • 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.
  • 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 can be eligible to save up to 34% your London to Edinburgh train tickets.


With countless attractions, events and activities that suit any preference, London is undoubtedly one of the top destinations you must visit in the UK. Whether you’re travelling from Glasgow to London or Birmingham, you can find the most affordable tickets for your London trip at Rail Online. Get train-spired and head to our website to find the right train for your journey, along with other information such as train schedules, organising your return trip home and more.


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.

How long does the train from Manchester to London take?

You can travel between Manchester and London in as little as 2 hours and 5 minutes. Journey times may vary depending on the time of day you travel, whether the service is direct or if you’re travelling during peak times or on the weekend .

How much does the train from Manchester to London cost?

At Rail Online, tickets from Manchester to London start from £23.90 but may change depending on your departure time, route, class and time of booking.

Is there a high-speed train from Manchester to London?

The train from Manchester - London travels at up to 125mph! Which should get you to London in as little as 2 hours an d 5 minutes.

When does the last train from Manchester to London leave?

The last direct train you can catch from Manchester to London leaves at 21:15, although this may change during weeken ds and holidays. Sleeper services may be available for late-night and early-morning departures.

How often do trains run from Manchester to London?

There are about 56 direct trains from Manchester to London available each day. Depending on your exact departure date , these services may be more limited at certain times or days.

Which train carriers travel from Manchester to London?

There are several train carriers that you can choose for your London trip from Manchester, including Avanti West Coas t (the most popular option, providing direct services), London North Eastern Railway, Grand Central Trains, West Midland s Railway, CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway or Chiltern Railways.

What to expect on your journey from Manchester to London?

The train journey from Manchester to London will take you through scenic views with smooth travelling. Various train carriers may offer different amenities on board, so it’s best to double-check when buying your tickets.

Is there WiFi available on trains from Manchester to London?

Most trains offer fast and unlimited WiFi connection without extra charge when you’re travelling with them.

What’s the fastest journey time between Manchester and London by train?

The fastest journey from Manchester to London takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Are there direct trains from Manchester to London?

Yes, direct trains to London are a convenient option for those wanting to reach London as soon as possible. If this i s the case, you should consider booking early to guarantee the best price possible as direct services are always the mos t popular.

When does the first train from Manchester to London leave?

The first direct train that leaves from Manchester to London is at 05:55. However, the train may leave later on weeke nds and holidays, there may also be trains that leave earlier however involve a change in train along the way.

What’s the distance between Manchester and London by train?

There are 162 miles (259 km) to cover between a Manchester and London train journey.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Manchester to London?

When travelling from Manchester to London, you can choose to depart from a few train stations, including Manchester P iccadilly, Manchester Airport and Manchester Victoria. You will arrive at London Euston and can easily connect through t o other London stations using the TFL network. The most popular route that travellers usually take is from Manchester Pi ccadilly to London Euston.

How to find Manchester to London train tickets with the best value?

If you book your ticket within the next 7 days, you can probably find one-way tickets that cost roughly around £50. I f you’re looking for amazing deals, we recommend booking your tickets a few months before your planned departure date.

What’s the difference between 1st and 2nd Classes?

We recommend getting 1st Class tickets for travellers who want to spend their journey with extra comfort. 1st Class o ffers more spacious seating, including:

- Reclining seats with extra legroom

- Complimentary refreshments on board

- Access to 1st Class lounges at selected stations

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, 2nd Class offers various seating options with front-facing chairs or grouped seating with tables. In addition, 2nd Class will have frequent food trolleys for those who want to buy snacks on their train journey.

How much C02 will I save by taking this train journey?

Choosing to take the train on your journey from Manchester to London can see you saving up to 7 times the amount of C 02 when compared to flying. On this particular journey, you can save up to 24.6kg of C02 when compared to driving and 63 ,9kg of C02 compared to flying.

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