Why book trains to Manchester?
Situated in the northwest of England around 160 miles north of London, Manchester is the UK’s third largest city. Best known for its football, music and its past as an important industrial powerhouse, this thriving regional city is today a centre for the UK’s creative and financial services industries. if you’re staying a little longer in the area the city also makes an ideal base for exploring West Pennines with its spectacular scenery and unspoilt countryside.
Advance fares and split tickets to Manchester
Organising rail travel to manchester up to 12 weeks in advance of the date of travel or splitting your train tickets could save you up to 80% on the normal cost of day of departure fares. Here’s a small selection of the cheap train tickets to Manchester you can get by planning ahead.
|Journey||Walk up fare cost||Advance fare cost||Saving|
|London to Manchester||£21.00|
|Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester||£15.50||£4.20||£8.40|
|York to Manchester||£27.50||£7.20||£20.30|
|Glasgow to Manchester||£69.00||£17.00||£52.00|
|Bristol to Manchester||£82.70||£21.70 (advance split)||£61.00|
|Norwich to Manchester||£91.70||£24.50 (advance split)||£67.20|
|Lincoln to manchester||£34.10||£9.50 (advance split)||£24.60|
* Walk on fares shown are a mixture of super off-peak, off peak singles and anytime singles where off peak tickets are not available. The Advance fares shown are all advance singles for standard class travel, sold subject to availability before the date of travel & checked on 23.02.16
Getting Trains to Manchester
- Manchester benefits from good transport links with the rest of the UK. Regular direct train services along the West Coast Mainline link London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly with a journey time of around 2 hours 10 minutes and travel via Crewe and Stoke-on Trent.
- Direct trains to Manchester also depart from Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, Birmingham and Reading.
- The Manchester Metrolink Tram system has several lines and serves Manchester itself and the Greater Manchester area including Bury, Eccles, Salford, Altrincham and Oldham.
What to see
Learn about Manchester’s past with a stroll round Castlefield Heritage Park, taking in the remains of the Roman fort of Manuciam, the Bridgwater Canal, and the former Liverpool Road Railway Station, which houses the Museum of Science and Industry. Children will love the Manchester Museum and its displays of Egyptian mummies and dinosaurs. It’s worth looking round the Manchester United Museum and taking a tour of the stadium too.Those of a more active disposition might prefer The Chill Factor indoor skiiing and snowboarding centre or Salford Watersports Centre. Manchester is rich in shopping opportunities too and if you fancy a little retail therapy, aside from the Arndale and Trafford Centres and big name brands you’ll find quirky independent shops. As a university city, Manchester has a lively nightlife scene but culture vultures can also enjoy a show at one of the city’s theatres or head to the Bridgwater Hall in the evening. Home to the renowned Hallé Orchestra and often used by the BBC Philarmonic Orchestra, the hall hosts concerts and performances throughout the year.
Tips For Finding Cheap Trains To Manchester
1) Cheap train tickets to Manchester are released in limited quantities and sold on a first come, first served basis. Plan ahead and book as soon as you know when you’re travelling.
2) As advance fares are frequently sold until 6pm the night before travel, cheap train tickets offering savings of up to 30% on the cost of tickets bought on the day, could still be available even if you leave until the night before travel to book.
3) Advance train tickets limit you to travelling on the trains booked so even if you’re unable to restrict yourself to travelling on a specific train, avoid rush hour travel- off peak trains are cheaper. It’s also worth searching for slower ‘overtaken’ trains to find cheaper rail fares.
4) Where two or more companies run services along the route or there is more than one way to get to your destination e.g. going via, or avoiding London, comparing the prices of different train companies and different routes could be a money saver.
5) Last but not least if there are no advance rail fares on your route or you need flexible rail tickets, split ticketing or breaking up a journey into several bits with a separate train ticket for each leg could reduce the cost of your train travel.