London to Manchester by TrainUK Travel Tip The cheapest train fares are those designated "Advance" - how far in advance depends upon the journey as most rail companies offer advance fares on a first come first served basis. Advance tickets are usually sold as one-way or "single" tickets. Whether or not you buy advance tickets, always compare the "single" ticket price to the round trip or "return" price as it is often cheaper to buy two single tickets rather than one round trip ticket.
Trains leave for Manchester Piccadilly Station from London Euston Station every 15 to 20 minues throughout the day. The journey takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes with round trip advance fares starting at under £45.
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London to Manchester by BusUK Travel Tip National Express offers a limited number of "funfare" promotional tickets that are very cheap (£6.50 for a £39.00 fare, for example). These can only be purchased on line and they are usually posted on the website a month to a few weeks before the trip. It is worth checking the website to see if "funfare" tickets are available for your chosen journey.
There are frequent coach trips between London Victoria Coach Station and Manchester Central Coach Station throughout the day. The journey takes 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours and costs about £25. Bus services can be booked online. There is usually a 50pence booking fee.