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Travel from Manchester to Stafford in style with CrossCountry. Our sleek modern trains take you from Manchester Piccadilly to Stafford Station within an hour, giving you ample opportunity to explore this delightful town nestled in the heart of the East Midlands. The journey takes you past the foothills of the peak district and through some of the lush green countryside of the east of the country, allowing for spectacular views from your window.
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Travelling to Stafford
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Travelling from Manchester to Stafford
The beautiful town of Stafford might seem quiet, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do here. The city boasts a heady mix of exciting activities, history and beautiful countryside. The town makes a beautiful and restful holiday destination, whether you’re going for a day or for longer.
Are there direct trains from Manchester to Stafford?
Yes, CrossCountry runs a regular service between Manchester and Stafford with no need to change, linking the two cities in less than an hour.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Manchester to Stafford?
Travel between Manchester and Stafford in comfort with CrossCountry. On board our trains you will be able to find a variety of seating options including table seating, dedicated luggage storage space and electric points to charge your devices. A trolley service of light refreshments is also available. For an even more comfortable journey, why not upgrade to First Class?
Does Stafford Station have step-free access?
Stafford Station is fully accessible to those with a range of mobility needs. Step free access is available throughout, and ramps for train access can also be used if required.
How far is the city centre?
Stafford Station is conveniently located near the town centre.
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.
For further information about Stafford Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Stafford
Onward travel: Buses in Stafford
Stafford is connected to the local area by a regular bus service. A taxi rank is also available at the station for those who wish to travel directly.
Shopping in Stafford
Stafford is an excellent place to shop; its compact town centre means that you can easily explore all the well-known brands and unique independent stores which are on offer. One of the best places to shop is in the new Riverside shopping area, where you will be able to find a great selection of shops all under one roof, as well as a number of restaurants, cafés and bars including local favourite My Belles where you can sample delicious Italian gelatos, coffees and even cocktails.
Culture in Stafford
Stafford may be small, but it’s mighty when it comes to culture. Explore the beautiful old architecture, which is complemented by lots of pretty flowers. The town also boasts a wonderful theatre, the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, which welcomes a range of touring productions, amateur dramatic groups, and some of the best comedians in the country. At the end of a long day exploring, grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants in town, with an excellent mix of well-known chains and independents, there’s sure to be something which tickles your fancy.