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In just under 3 hours, you can travel from the historic university city of Oxford, to Manchester, an epicentre of industrial heritage. On the way up north, you will pass through the metropolitan borough of Birmingham, followed by the Peak District National Park, with its high point of Kinder Scout. Upon arrival in Manchester, you will find the city centre is just over 10 minutes’ walk away, with plenty of choices for shopping, eating or visiting museums.
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Travelling to Manchester
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Travelling from Oxford to Manchester
The welcoming city of Manchester is set in the North West of England, just 40 minutes from its neighbour Liverpool and an hour and a half from the serene countryside of the Lake district. Known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, the city of Manchester celebrates its heritage with a variety of museums and galleries. It is also home to two high profile football clubs. You are sure to never get bored in this eclectic city.
Are there direct trains from Oxford to Manchester?
Yes, all our CrossCountry trains will take you from Oxford to Manchester direct.
What amenities are available onboard trains from Oxford to Manchester?
All your travel needs are covered on CrossCountry trains from Oxford to Manchester. A variety of seating options are available to choose from, ensuring your journey is as comfortable as possible. Tables can be found in some coaches, along with charging points to charge mobile phones and laptops. In addition, an at-seat service is available if you feel yourself getting peckish during your journey. To make for an even more comfortable journey, consider upgrading to our First Class coach with extra leg room and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Does Manchester Piccadilly have step-free access?
Manchester Piccadilly train station is entirely accessible to people with a wide range of mobility needs. Passengers who require extra assistance can also get help to and from the station platforms.
How far is Manchester city centre?
Manchester city centre is just over a 10-minute walk from Piccadilly station, making it easy to explore the city.
Does the station have family areas?
Manchester Piccadilly is equipped for families travelling with young children with baby changing areas, waiting rooms and a variety of refreshment facilities, making your journey as stress-free as possible.
For further information about Manchester Piccadilly Train Station, check out our station guide.
Once you have arrived in Manchester
Onward travel: Buses, Trams & Taxis
Manchester has regular transport links into the city centre and outlying areas, both by bus and tram. They can be found right outside the main entrance to the station, as well as from Fairfield Street, which also accommodates a busy taxi rank should you prefer to get a cab for your onward journey.
Shopping in Manchester
Due to the range of shopping experiences it has to offer, Manchester is a popular destination for those who are looking to spend some of their hard-earned money. The Arndale is perfect for those who want to browse the high-street brands, while Afflecks offers independent stalls and boutiques, well-known for its indie commerce. If designer brands are more your style, department stores such as Selfridges and Harvey Nichols offer a huge range of high-end products. Whatever your budget, Manchester has the shopping experience to suit you.
Culture in Manchester
Manchester has a varied and diverse culture, from its industrial roots, to music, science and sports. It is home to two of the best-known English football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City, whilst also birthing musical legends like The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Oasis. The city is also the host of a variety of world-class events and festivals, such as the Manchester International Festival and its famous Christmas Markets.
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However long you plan to visit Manchester for, there is plenty to see and do. We recommend you check out our Guide to Manchester to make it easy to plan your perfect trip.
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