Travel from Manchester to Stoke with CrossCountry and take advantage of Advance tickets even on the day of travel, up to 15 minutes before departure.
Train journeys from Manchester to Stoke take approximately 45 minutes. This popular route is well-serviced, with many trains operating throughout the week and over the weekend. The journey is brief but will offer glimpses of the beautiful Peak District National Park from your window.
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Travelling to Stoke-on-Trent
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Last CrossCountry train - 21:27
Travelling from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent is the world’s largest and most famous pottery-producing city and with such a rich industrial heritage and history it has claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics. The city was born out of the federation of the Six Tows and boasts some award-winning museums, intriguing factory tours and over 25 pottery outlets. The city has so much to offer from Monkey Forest to a mile-long lake, making it a truly charming destination to explore.
Are there direct trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent?
Yes, there are direct services running from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent
While travelling from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent, you can take advantage of the wide variety of amenities on offer on all CrossCountry trains. We provide table seats, electricity points and areas for luggage storage. There is also a trolley service providing drinks and refreshments. For the next level of comfort on our trains, we recommend booking a First Class ticket.
Does Stoke-on-Trent Station have step-free access?
Stoke-on-Trent Station is accessible to people with a range of mobility needs. There is step-free access throughout the whole station and ramps for wheelchairs if required.
How far is the city centre?
Stoke-on-Trent Station is situated just two miles from the city centre, making it the perfect destination for those wishing to explore a city on foot.
Does the station have family areas?
Stoke-on-Trent Station has baby changing facilities and waiting rooms that are accessible to families using the station. There are also many other refreshment facilities throughout the station and those with First Class tickets have access to a lounge.
For further information about Stoke-on-Trent Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Stoke-on-Trent
Onward travel: Taxis and Buses in Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent Station has good bus connections for you to explore attractions in the city and these are run by First PMT. There is also a 24/7 cycle hire service for you to enjoy using on the many cycle routes in the city. This is provided by Brompton Bike Hire and has docks nationwide, including at the railway station. If you prefer to taxi around the city, there are ranks outside the station and in the city centre on Stafford Street.
Shopping in Stoke-on-Trent
Trentham Shopping Village is one of the most-loved shopping destinations in the Midlands, with over 60 shops, cafés and restaurants. Pottery is in the heart of the city, so it makes sense to visit one of the many pottery factory shops that have earned good reputations both nationally and internationally. There are also a host of fantastic museums, such as the award-winning Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre.
Culture in Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted as the UK City of Culture 2021 thanks to its craft and innovation. The city is not only synonymous with ceramics but has taken a lead on research at two of the country’s leading universities - Staffordshire and Keele. History lovers can visit numerous museums and see one of the most highly respected planes of World War II; the Spitfire. You can also explore the country’s first purpose-built theatre in the round at the New Vic. For outdoor enthusiasts, this is one of the greenest cities in the UK, with more than 100km of cycle lanes, parks and hills to discover.
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