Trains from Manchester to Macclesfield

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Getting from Manchester to Macclesfield by train

Travelling from Manchester to Macclesfield is easy. Macclesfield is in the east of Cheshire, neighbouring the county borders of Greater Manchester to the north. Whether you’re looking to go for work or visit the neighbouring town, the journey is quick, easy, and affordable.

You can travel to Macclesfield from Manchester in just 20 minutes, with tickets from £11.50 when booked in advance.

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We realise many of you will be travelling for work. That’s why for regular travellers or commuters, we have a range of season tickets, benefits and reward schemes that can help you save money or even upgrade to First Class.

We also offer a range of cheap train tickets and discounts to railcard holders, and senior and group travellers. See also the 2 For 1 offers for attractions and events taking place in the town.

Travelling in comfort with Avanti

Although it’s just 16 miles to your destination, we want to make those miles feel as comfortable as possible.

With reliable WiFi, be free to browse the news or socials on your phone, or perhaps watch some Netflix in some well-needed downtime. You can make use of our onboard power sockets, should your devices need charging.

Make your journey even more relaxing by booking advance tickets. But if you do need to make a last-minute trip, use our Live Train Journey Tracker to book a ticket for the next train up to your arrival at the station.

Travelling from Manchester?

Manchester pulsates as a lively and diverse city, celebrated for its dynamic history, world-class museums, galleries, and an energetic nightlife scene.

Optimal for exploration, the summer months unveil a mild climate and a plethora of outdoor events and festivals, with Parklife being a notable highlight.

For football fans, attending a match at Old Trafford for Manchester United or the Etihad for Manchester City is a must. It’s rare for one city to hold two of the most successful teams in the country.

Piccadilly is in the centre, so if you live in the centre it’s just a short walk. The station caters to diverse needs, housing a ticket office, waiting areas, toilets, and an array of shops.

Piccadilly’s layout also means finding your correct platforms is easy, despite it being a large station. This includes places for food, with a Sainsbury’s Local, Greggs and Nando’s being three of them multiple options.

Travelling to Macclesfield?

Macclesfield, a delightful market town ideally situated between Manchester and Chester, offers a picturesque gateway to the nearby enchanting Peak District.

While the town's proximity to these destinations is a notable highlight, Macclesfield itself boasts a wealth of attractions, from the West Park and Silk Museum to Macclesfield Forest. For those yearning for the urban vibe, a short and convenient train from Macclesfield to Manchester.

Accessing Macclesfield station is straightforward, with several bus routes serving the station and convenient car and bike parking options. The station itself caters to your needs with amenities such as cafes, shops, and public WiFi, ensuring a comfortable and pleasant experience while waiting for your train.

First Class service

If you’re getting a First Class train with Avanti, you’ll have full use of our First Class Lounge when you depart from Manchester Piccadilly. Here you can have a drink on us and use the free, reliable WiFi for your laptop, tablet or other devices. Perfect if you need to work while you travel.

Be sure to check out First Class train tickets too, with premium features such as refreshments, increased leg space, and a dedicated table with electrical outlets.

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