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Train Information to Manchester from Glasgow

distanceDistance183 miles (295 km)
durationAverage train duration3 h 13 min
priceAverage train ticket price€57 (€57)
frequencyTrain frequency10 a day
changesDirect trainYes, there are 10 direct trains a day
carriersTrain providersFirst Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast

Trains from Glasgow to Manchester cover the 183 miles (295 km) long trip taking on average 3 h 13 min with our travel partners like First Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast. Normally, there are 10 trains operating per day, including direct services available. While the average ticket price for this route costs around €57, you can find the cheapest train ticket for as low as €42. Travellers depart most frequently from Glasgow Central and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Trains from Glasgow to Manchester

Once great industrial cities of the Victorian era, Glasgow and Manchester have reinvented themselves as cultural and media powerhouses for the 21st century. The rail links established in the 19th century remain, allowing business and leisure travelers to take direct trains from Glasgow to Manchester seven days a week. Journey times from Scotland's largest city are around three hours and 15 minutes for the quickest services.  Departures range from very early morning to mid evening. Additional indirect trains with one change en route increase the journey options to Manchester.

Which train companies travel from Glasgow to Manchester

First Transpennine Express operates direct trains from Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly. Indirect connections involve taking First Transpennine Express or Virgin Trains departures from Glasgow and changing at Carlisle, Lancaster, Wigan North Western or Preston for Northern Rail connections to Manchester.

How long is the train from Glasgow to Manchester?

The fastest services on the 216 mile route south from Glasgow to Manchester are First Transpennine Express direct trains, taking three hours and 14 minutes. The quickest indirect connections with Virgin Trains and Northern Rail via Preston only take a minute or two longer to reach Manchester.

How many trains are there from Glasgow to Manchester?

The First Transpennine Express timetable has direct trains from Glasgow to Manchester Piccadilly every two hours from early morning to just after 7:00 p.m. Indirect services run roughly every half hour from very early morning to midday, then at least once an hour in the afternoon until mid evening. Sunday schedules offer less frequent services, no early morning departures from Glasgow and longer journey times on some routes.

What are the departure and arrival stations for trains from Glasgow to Manchester?

Departure train station: Glasgow Central Station is situated in the city center, with Subway connections available from nearby St Enoch and bus services stopping on Hope Street and Union Street. Station facilities include a food supermarket, news vendor, bakery, pharmacy, coffee bar and taxi stands.

Arrival train station:Manchester Piccadilly Station is situated in the center of Manchester, with trams stopping by the main entrance and city bus routes stopping on London Road and Fairfield Street. The station concourse has a business lounge, a mini supermarket, pharmacy, vending machines, coffee shops, a news vendor, bakery, free WiFi and taxi stands.

Travel Tips

Trains from Glasgow to Manchester
Travel by train to Manchester easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from Glasgow to Manchester.
FAQs
What is the price of the cheapest train from Glasgow to Manchester?
Omio customers have found the cheapest trains from Glasgow to Manchester to cost as little as €42  in the next 7 days.
How much is a train ticket from Glasgow to Manchester?
If you are looking to buy your train ticket in the next 7 days, you can expect the Glasgow to Manchester train to cost on average €57  one way.
What is the distance from Glasgow to Manchester via train?
When travelling this route you should expect the distance to Manchester from Glasgow via train to be approximately 183 miles (295 km).
How long does it take from Glasgow to Manchester by train?
The train time between Glasgow and Manchester is on average 3 h 13 min  for the 183 miles (295 km) long journey, but the time it takes to go to Manchester from Glasgow by train can vary depending on specific dates or travelling on weekends and holidays.
What is the departure train station in Glasgow and arrival train station in Manchester?

There are a few train stations in Glasgow to start your trip from including Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street and Charing Cross (Glasgow). In Manchester you have a few train station options to choose from for your arrival including Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.

Omio customers travelling this route depart most frequently from Glasgow Central   and arrive in Manchester Piccadilly.

Where is the train station in Glasgow? Where is the train station in Manchester?

The most popular departure train station with passengers for this journey, called Glasgow Central, is located 0.5 miles (757 m) from the city centre of Glasgow.

The most popular arrival train station, Manchester Piccadilly, is located 0.4 miles (587 m) away from the city centre of Manchester.

Which train providers can take me to Manchester from Glasgow?
When taking a train from Glasgow to Manchester, you can count on First Transpennine Express or Avanti West Coast for the best way to get you to Manchester. You can also check all possible train companies who offer a service to Manchester from Glasgow and compare the amenities they offer before buying a train ticket.
How many train services per day are there to Manchester from Glasgow?
The average number of trains departing Glasgow for Manchester is 10 a day. The train schedules and services may vary between weekdays and weekends.
How early should I buy Glasgow to Manchester train tickets to get the best deals?
If you book Glasgow to Manchester train tickets within the next 7 days, you can find one way tickets to cost on average €57. However, booking in advance gives you access to the best prices for trains between Glasgow and Manchester. Look out for train tickets for this trip to go on sale a few months before your planned departure date to find the best deals.

Important Stations and Airports for this Journey

Glasgow
Manchester
Glasgow Central is the most popular Glasgow railway station for Omio travellers, but it's not the only one. Read all the information you need to know about the main train stations in Glasgow for your journey to Manchester.
Amenities at station
WifiWifi
LockersLockers
ParkingParking
ATMATM
TaxisTaxis
AccessibilityAccessibility
phone
Phone Number
+44 3457114141
ticketOfficeHours
Ticket Office Hours
Mon - Sat: 05: 30 - 21: 30 | Sun: 09: 15 - 21: 30
Public transport options for Glasgow Central
Bus lines: 6, 7, 18, 21, 75, 263, 267, 500 Airport Express
Train lines: West Coast Main Line, ScotRail, Avanti West Coast, LNER, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Caledonian Sleeper