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Getting from Manchester to Milton Keynes by train

Whether you’re looking for an adrenaline rush at Gulliver’s Land or prefer soaking up some history at Bletchley Park, travel from Manchester to Milton Keynes by train and arrive raring to go. With regular departures from Manchester Piccadilly to Milton Keynes, the fun will be underway in no time.

You can get from Manchester to Milton Keynes in just 1hr 46mins. Some trains may involve additional changes. With stops typically including Stoke-On-Trent and Stafford, you’ll be whizzing by popular sights such as Trentham Estate and Stafford Castle along the way. Or why not stop off at Trentham Monkey Forest along the way, for a little animal adventure? But if that’s not your thing, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-On-Trent is not to be missed.

Cheap train tickets from Manchester to Milton Keynes

We always want to get you the best value for money, so we wanted to share a few tips on how you can save on your journey:

  • An anytime single ticket from Manchester to Milton Keynes can be quite expensive so if you plan ahead and travel off-peak you can make a big saving, Booking in advance can help with your plans as advance tickets go on sale around 12 weeks before the travel date. The earlier you book, the cheaper you can travel. You can also set up a ticket alert and we’ll email you when the tickets are available to book.
  • When it comes to booking your travel, you can save a little bit of extra money by booking directly through the Avanti West Coast website or app as we don’t charge booking fees. We also have a price promise which means that if you see a cheaper price for the same Avanti West Coast train ticket and same Avanti West Coast journey elsewhere, we’ll refund you the difference.
  • Railcards can also save you up to a third on your travel across the UK so if you have one already, remember to add it on when booking your ticket. If you travel a few times or more a year It’s worth signing up for one.

Travelling from Manchester?

With Avanti West Coast trains, travelling from Manchester to Milton Keynes is made easy. With bus, train and light rail routes to Manchester Piccadilly, you’ll be on your way to Milton Keynes in no time. We’ll get you there in just 1hr 46mins. Some routes may require a change at Stafford, however, direct trains are available.

Before leaving Manchester, have you explored enough? Nearby attractions include Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Cathedral and the National Football Museum. If you’re feeling peckish before your travels, you can grab a bite to eat at Manchester Piccadilly, with shops including Krispy Kreme, Boots and M&S.

For an extra special trip, why not upgrade your ticket and relax in our exclusive First Class lounge? Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks as well as designer chairs and free WiFi.

Arrive in Milton Keynes refreshed and ready to explore. Within a short distance you’ll find Milton Keynes’ Upside Down House, National Film and Sci-fi Museum and Room Escape.

Travelling to Milton Keynes?

We’re here to make travelling to Milton Keynes easy. Home to Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes Theatre and indoor snow centre Snozone, there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. All you need to decide is what to do first. If you feel like you need a little extra time, you can amend your ticket and extend your trip.

If you’re a fan of Japanese food, we highly recommend stopping for a bite to eat at Akasaka, or exploring Latin-inspired food, tapas, and cocktails at Revolución de Cuba.

It’s said that the best time to visit Milton Keynes is between April and July, for the best possible weather. However, if you do decide to go at the latter part of the year, get ready to soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas at their Christmas markets.

Our Milton Keynes train service runs regularly across weekdays and weekends with the first train leaving for Milton Keynes at 05:05 and the last train running at 23:36, so you can find a departure time to suit you.

First Class service

Leaving from Manchester Piccadilly, you can access our First Class Lounges for a maximum of 2 hours before departure. Open Monday to Friday 06:00 - 19:30, Saturday 07:45 - 18:00 and Sunday 09:30 - 19:30, you can enter full relaxation mode ahead of your trip, with super-comfy designer chairs and complimentary drinks and snacks - as well as free WiFi.

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