How to travel from Manchester to Liverpool

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from Manchester to Liverpool

You can get from Manchester to Liverpool by train, bus or flight.

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To get from Manchester to Liverpool on Aug 14 we recommend taking a train because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

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Travel Information between Manchester and Liverpool

distanceDistance49 km
modeAvailable travel modesCoach, flight, ferry or train
priceTicket price range€7 - €11
cheapestCheapest modeTrain • €7 • 47 min
fastestFastest modeTrain • €7 • 47 min
carriersPopular travel companiesNational Express or Northern Rail

Travel 49 km by coach, flight, ferry or train from Manchester to Liverpool. If speed is a priority, then a train is the best option with an average duration of 47 min; whereas, if saving money is more important, then a train is the best option with prices starting as low as €7. The most popular travel providers which serve this route are National Express or Northern Rail among others. Travellers can even take a direct coach or train from Manchester to Liverpool.

General Information About the Journey from Manchester to Liverpool

There are a number of transport options available for the journey from Manchester to Liverpool, however train and bus services are by far the quickest and most convenient options; with a number of direct connections connected the two cities on a daily bases. The two cities are just 55 kilometres apart with the majority of the services taking less than two hours departing from Manchester to Liverpool at frequent intervals.

Buses from Manchester to Liverpool

There are a number of options for getting from Manchester to Liverpool by bus. National Express offers over 30 buses departing over the course of the day. Terravision operates bus services between Manchester Centre Sackville and Liverpool Airport which takes 40 minutes. There are approximately 17 services per day.

Trains from Manchester to Liverpool

There are three stations in Manchester that have direct services to Liverpool Lime Street: Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road. Services start just after 5:00 a.m. and are operated by Northern Rail and Transpennine Express. The journey takes between 45 minutes and 1hr 20mins. The last daily service is just after 11:00 p.m. and there are up to 8 services per hour throughout the day.

Travel Tips: Travel from Manchester to Liverpool

Travel to Liverpool 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 Manchester to Liverpool.
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There are 4 ways that you can travel between Manchester and Liverpool. You can take a coach, flight, ferry or train.

A train service offers the cheapest way to travel from Manchester to Liverpool, which costs on average €7.

This is compared to other ways of getting to Liverpool:

A train is €4 less than a coach for this journey with tickets for a coach from Manchester to Liverpool costing on average €11.

The fastest way from Manchester to Liverpool is by train with an average journey time of 47 min.

Other travel options to Liverpool from Manchester can usually take longer:

In comparison, travelling by coach can take you on average 1 h.

Liverpool is approximately 49 km away from Manchester.

The average frequency per day from Manchester to Liverpool is:

  • 2 coaches per day.
  • 70 trains a day.

However, we recommend checking specific travel dates for your route from Manchester to Liverpool as scheduled services by coach, flight, ferry or train can vary by season or day of the week.

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from Manchester to Liverpool:

  • Most travellers board their coach from Manchester, Coach Station and arrive in Liverpool, Liverpool One.
  • Most travellers take a train from Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool Lime Street.

If finding a good deal is your main consideration for your trip from Manchester to Liverpool, then we'll help you find the best value travel companies for you:

  • National Express can get you to Liverpool by coach. You can find a good deal for coach tickets with National Express from Manchester to Liverpool for €11 on Omio.
  • Travel with Northern Rail to go to Liverpool by train. For a good deal on tickets, you can find Northern Rail Manchester to Liverpool tickets on Omio for €7.

Yes, there are direct services available from Manchester to Liverpool with the following travel operators:

  • You can find around 2 direct coaches per day and book this direct coach with Flixbus, National Express or Megabus.
  • You can travel directly by train with Northern Rail, Transpennine Express or East Midlands Railway with 69 direct trains per day.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Liverpool as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets from Manchester to Liverpool.

Omio customers who travel from Manchester to Liverpool often also extend their holiday to go to London, Edinburgh or Glasgow. Omio can help you plan your trip by finding the best connections between Liverpool and these popular destinations at a great price.

Before travelling from Manchester to Liverpool, it’s good to know what ticket you can buy and how much it will cost in the next 7 days:

  • The price of a coach ticket is on average €11 one way for this route.
  • The price of a train ticket is €7 one way on average for this route.

But we recommend booking Manchester to Liverpool tickets online a few months before your planned travel date to score the best deals and save money on your trip.

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