Manchester to Chester

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Manchester to Chester by Train

If you’re looking for an affordable and picturesque day trip from Manchester, why not visit the city of Chester? 75 trains run the Manchester to Chester route daily, making the 33-mile (53 km) trip in an average of 53 minutes. The short journey time and the range of departure times for the Manchester to Chester route make it a solid choice of destination for a weekend - or longer! - away.

Stepping off the Manchester to Chester train, you may feel like you’ve gone back in time. The city is surrounded by the Chester City Walls, which date back to ancient Roman times. Walk along the city walls for a great view of the surrounding countryside and the city. From your vantage point, you’ll probably see Chester Cathedral, a medieval structure with beautiful stained glass windows. Head into the city's centre and see Chester Rows, a gorgeous collection of medieval buildings now hosting shops and restaurants for you to visit. Chester is also a short drive from the border between England and Wales, making it a great entry point to explore the Welsh countryside's wonders.

Let Rail Online help you plan your train journey from Manchester to Chester today. Ticket prices start from an affordable £5.70* for this route, and with the option of taking a direct train, there is no need to worry about station changes along your journey. Train travel is one of the most sustainable ways of travelling, and with such a quick journey time, there is no better way to travel from Manchester to Chester. Enjoy the comfort a train journey offers, with free WiFi on board and excellent views along your journey. Book your ticket today!


How to buy affordable tickets for your journey from Manchester to Chester

Train travel provides travellers with a sustainable and affordable option between Manchester and Chester. With Rail Online, you can browse a wide range of ticketing options to ensure that you get the best possible deal. Here are some tips from us on how you can find the most budget-friendly fare:

  • 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.

Let Rail Online be your go-to source for train travel inspiration on your next adventure! Questions about your upcoming trip between Manchester and Chester or the return journey from Chester back to Manchester? We’re here to assist you in planning your travel from start to finish.

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 to expect on your journey from Manchester to Chester?

The journey from Manchester to Chester takes you through some charming scenery in the northwestern part of the countr y. Expect a comfortable journey and a relaxed atmosphere, especially if travelling off-peak.

Is there WiFi available on trains from Manchester to Chester?

Passengers travelling on Transport for Wales trains, the designated train operator for the Manchester to Chester rout e, can enjoy complimentary WiFi throughout their journey. If WiFi is not accessible on the train, most stations across t he UK offer WiFi services, enabling you to connect as soon as you disembark from your journey.

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

You can travel the route between Manchester and Chester in as little as 53 minutes by train.

Is there a direct train from Manchester to Chester?

Yes, there are direct trains that operate between Manchester and Chester.

What time does the last train from Manchester to Chester leave?

The last train from Manchester to Chester usually leaves around 23:35. This time could change depending on the day you choose to travel.

Is travelling by train more sustainable?

Choosing to travel by train provides a cost-effective option and an environmentally-friendly one. Commuting via train significantly lowers the carbon footprint per person as comp ared to flying or driving. Flying and driving lead to increased CO2 emissions per individual - whether electric or diesel-powered, train travel offers a more sustainable alternative . Opting for a train journey from Manchester to Chester is a great choice if you want to reduce your impact on the environment.


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

First Class tickets typically offer additional perks over Second Class, such as larger seats, more legroom, food and drink service, and access to exclusive lounges. However, Second Class still provides a comfortable and enjoyable journey at a more affordable price. Note that First Class is not available on all travelling routes.

How long does the train from Manchester to Chester take?

The average journey time between Manchester and Chester by train is around 1 hour and 4 minutes.

How much does the train from Manchester to Chester cost?

The cost of the train from Manchester to Chester can vary depending on the time and date of travel, but on average, y ou can find tickets from £5.70*.

What time does the first train from Manchester to Chester leave?

The first train from Manchester to Chester usually departs as early as 04:42. This may change depending on the date y ou choose to travel.

ou choose to travel.

What's the distance between Manchester to Chester by train?

The distance between Manchester and Chester by train is approximately 33 miles (58 km).