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Trains from Bristol to Manchester

Running 11 times a day with CrossCountry*

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Travelling from Bristol to Manchester by train allows you to travel through much of the west of England, seeing some of the country’s most beautiful scenery out of your window. The train will whisk you from Bristol Temple Meads to Manchester Piccadilly in around 3 hours, allowing you plenty of time to relax or get work done on the train.

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Travelling from Bristol to Manchester

The bustling metropolitan city of Manchester is a delight to visit for a day journey, a weekend away or a longer stay. With so much to see and do, Manchester is definitely a northern capital. Whatever the reason for your visit, make the most of your journey by travelling from Bristol to Manchester by train with CrossCountry. 

Are there direct trains from Bristol to Manchester?

Yes, you can join our Penzance to Manchester Piccadilly service at Bristol Temple Meads Street and travel all the way to Manchester without the need to change.

What amenities are available onboard trains from Bristol to Manchester?

All our services from Bristol to Manchester include a trolley service offering a great selection of light snacks and drinks. As you would expect, the service includes a variety of table seats and plugs, and there’s even space to bring a bike. Alternatively, why not treat yourself to First Class and all the extra comforts it?

Does Manchester Piccadilly have step-free access?

Manchester Piccadilly is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs.

How far is the city centre?

Manchester Piccadilly is only a short walk from the Central Retail District as well as the trendy Northern Quarter, meaning there’s plenty to explore near the station.

Does the station have family areas?

The station has baby changing facilities as well as waiting rooms where families can spend time before catching their train.

More questions?

For further information about Manchester Piccadilly Station, check out our station guide.

Once you have arrived in Manchester

Onward travel: Buses in Manchester

If you’re travelling onwards once you reach Manchester, you might want to try their excellent bus service. There’s an excellent bus service throughout Greater Manchester, which is supported by the tram service. However, the Arriva bus service also offers great service to surrounding towns in the North East.

Shopping in Manchester

There’s something for everyone when it comes to shopping in Manchester. If you’re looking for distinctive boutique shops, you can wind your way through the streets around King Street, Spinningfields or New Cathedral Street. For indie, handmade and all things vintage, hit up the Northern Quarter. Alternatively, for your high street favourites, there’s a range of shopping malls like Manchester Arndale, intu Trafford Centre and Market Street.

Discover contemporary art, theatre and film at the HOME arts centre or, for something more traditional, go to an award-winning performance at the historic Palace Theatre. When it comes to music, Manchester offers an equally wide variety of options including the Manchester Opera House, Albert Hall, and a multitude of smaller venues.

Spending time in Manchester?

Whether you’re looking to have a fun day out or simply want to grab a bite to eat, our Manchester Guide can help you plan the perfect visit!


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