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Trains to Manchester

This vibrant city is a truly contemporary metropolis

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Travelling in the UK doesn’t get much better than a trip to the ‘capital of the north’. Hop on  a train to Manchester and explore this buzzing city - you’ll find the culture synonymous with a big city whilst being side-by-side with the Lake District’s serene countryside. A truly contemporary city, its modernity is visible in its stylish architecture and world-class sport offering. The city perfectly blends its historical past with a modern outlook. A variety of museums, galleries and art centres dot the city, while the party scene injects a spark of energy after nightfall.  There is truly nothing this city can’t do, so why not experience  it yourself and book a train to Manchester? Whether you want a day trip, weekend away or to stay a little longer, you’ll love spending time here.

Popular train journeys to Manchester

Manchester is a fantastic city, so it’s no surprise that it’s one of our most popular destinations. CrossCountry provides direct routes from many stations all over the UK. Below, we’ve outlined some of our most popular routes

Birmingham to Manchester
Bristol to Manchester
Oxford to Manchester

Direct CrossCountry routes to Manchester

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Canal barge parked up along the Manchester canals on a sunny day.


Yes, there are four train stations in Manchester city centre:

All stations are centrally located with plenty of amenities close by. All stations are in easy reach of one another via taxi, public transport or walking, if you wish.

All four stations are close to the hustle and bustle. 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. Victoria is located  next to the Arndale Shopping Centre, Deansgate close to the fun nightlife and canals, and Oxford Road is located perfectly for both universities.

Manchester Airport is around 9-miles from the city centre, and can be accessed directly via train services running from Deansgate, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations, with journeys taking under 30-minutes. Bus services are also available, as well as a private taxi or black cab.

There are many ways to get cheap tickets to Manchester. Investing in a railcard allows you to save a ⅓ on train travel - this can sometimes pay for itself in just one journey! Being flexible and travelling off-peak also helps, and booking in advance is another way to find cheap train tickets to Manchester.

If you have any further questions about stations in Manchester, check out our station guide.


Water fountains spouting from the ground with buildings in the background in Manchester.


Manchester’s a fab place to shop! From your favourite high street stores, to quirky boutiques or designer shops where you can splash the cash, you can find it all. There are several large shopping malls like Manchester Arndale and intu Trafford Centre, which offer a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants. For something a little different, head to the Northern Quarter -- a trendy neighbourhood with colourful street art, bohemian bars and a wide variety of independent shops selling everything from vinyl records to sustainable fashion. Wind your way through the streets around King Street, Spinningfields, or New Cathedral Street for cute, independent boutiques.

Food & Drink

Manchester is fast establishing itself as one of the UK’s most exciting food destinations! With so much to explore you’ll wish you were staying longer – and so will your tastebuds. New restaurants, bars, gastropubs, micro-breweries and cafés open weekly, from fine dining to pop-up markets and tasty street food. Whether you’re looking for a proper pint, a family friendly chain restaurant, or a Michelin-starred experience, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The Corn Exchange is home to an exciting and eclectic mix of restaurants, offering a fusion of flavours from around the globe. The city is full of independent and quirky coffee shops, so make sure you visit a few. Head to the Northern Quarter for a night out, you’ll find some of the best independent bars and traditional pubs in the city.


With its industrial roots, impressive music scene and two famous football teams, Manchester is oozing with culture. Discover contemporary art, theatre and film at the HOME arts centre or attend a concert at the Manchester Opera House or Albert Hall. Manchester Cathedral, The Museum of Science and Industry and The John Rylands Library are all well worth including on your itinerary. Music plays a huge part in the culture of Manchester, unsurprisingly when you think that it’s the city that produced The Smiths, the Bee Gees and Joy Division. Discover the next big act at one of the city’s many intimate live music venues, like The Castle Hotel, Gullivers and Gorilla.

Catching a train to Manchester

We want to help you travel cheaply, so as long as you buy your ticket 15 minutes before departure via our website or app, you can still enjoy great savings! To get the very best out of your train travel, read our top tips to find cheap train tickets and learn about our exclusive benefits offered to registered customers.

If you want to explore Manchester and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Manchester before you arrive.

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