You can get from London to Bolton by train, bus or flight.
To get from London to Bolton on Sep 19 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.
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|Distance||172 miles (278 km)|
|Available travel modes||Flight, coach or train|
|Ticket price range||€6 - €166|
|Cheapest mode||Coach • €6 • 4 h 25 min|
|Fastest mode||Flight • €166 • 1 h|
|Popular travel companies||British Airways, Flixbus or Avanti West Coast|
Take a flight, coach or train to travel 172 miles (278 km) between London and Bolton. If speed is a priority, then a flight is the best option with an average duration of 1 h; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a coach is the best option with prices starting as low as €6. The most popular travel providers which serve this journey are British Airways, Flixbus or Avanti West Coast among others. Travellers can even take a direct flight, coach or train from London to Bolton.
It's easy to make the trip from London to Bolton. There are various ways to travel, and affordable fares are available all the time. Travellers can book National Express coaches, take Virgin Trains, or even fly to nearby Manchester Airport with British Airways. Flights are technically the fastest option, taking around an hour, while trains are the most frequent option, and reach Bolton in 2 hours 25 minutes. Buses represent the cheapest way to travel, and the fastest services take about 5 hours 40 minutes.
Taking the bus is almost always the cheapest way to travel from London to Bolton. National Express offers affordable fares for its direct services from London Victoria, which reach central Bolton in between 5 hours 40 minutes and just over 7 hours. There are 4-5 departures every day, and almost all run into the heart of Bolton without any changes along the way.
If speed is the most important factor when travelling from London to Bolton, flights or trains will be preferable to buses. Virgin Trains run from London Euston to Bolton in between 2 hours 25 minutes and 3 hours, and there are over 40 departures every day. A change will be needed, usually in Manchester. British Airways flights from London Heathrow to Manchester take 1 hour and leave 2 to 6 times per day. But when transfers to Bolton from Manchester are factored in, flying is often not much quicker than taking the train.
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Virgin Trains operates a daily service to Bolton from central London via either Manchester or Stockport. Trains depart from London Euston multiple times every hour, and there are over 40 services every day. Journey times range from 2 hours 25 minutes to over 3 hours, depending on changes. Euston is easily accessible, thanks to overground rail, London Underground, and bus connections. Most trains arrive at Bolton Station, on Trinity Street in the city centre. Some also arrive at Hall I' Th' Wood Station: a good option for those headed to northern Bolton.
National Express runs a direct bus service from London Victoria Coach Station in west London, a 5- to 10-minute walk from Victoria Station. They then arrive at Bolton Bus Station, which is 100 metres from the city centre. There are 4 to 5 departures every day, from morning until late evening, and journey times vary from 5 hours 30 minutes to over 7 hours. Most buses run direct with no changes, but a couple of daily services include a quick change, generally in Manchester.
Flying to Bolton directly isn't possible, but Manchester Airport is 20 miles away, so it's definitely an option. Every day, British Airways schedules 2 to 6 direct flights from London Heathrow to Manchester Airport, which take just over an hour. Fast transfers are available from central London to Heathrow via train, which takes 15 minutes, and National Express buses from Manchester Airport to Bolton take 1 hour. So total journey durations can be as low as 2 hours 15 minutes, slightly faster than the quickest trains.
There are 3 ways to travel to Bolton from London including taking a flight, coach or train.
Coach services offer the cheapest way to get from London to Bolton. Tickets for a coach cost on average €6.
This is compared to other travel options to Bolton:
A coach is generally €160 less than a flight for the same journey. A flight costs on average €166 from London to Bolton.
A coach is generally €76 less than a train for the same journey. A train costs on average €82 from London to Bolton.
The quickest way to travel between London and Bolton is by flight, which takes on average 1 h compared to other travel options that may take you longer to get to your destination:
In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 4 h 25 min.
In comparison, getting to Bolton by train can take on average 2 h 39 min.
Bolton is approximately 172 miles (278 km) away from London.
The average frequency per day from London to Bolton is:
However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your journey from London to Bolton as scheduled services by flight, coach or train can vary by season or day of the week.
These are the most popular departure and arrival points for travellers from London to Bolton:
If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from London to Bolton, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:
Yes, there are direct services available to Bolton from London with the following travel operators:
Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Bolton as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from London to Bolton.
When planning your trip to Bolton from London, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to book and their prices in the next 7 days:
However, we recommend buying tickets to Bolton from London online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.