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Getting from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent by train

Known by many as "The Potteries," Stoke-on-Trent is a city celebrated for its extensive ceramic heritage. It’s also the largest city in Staffordshire. With six distinct centres, visitors enjoy a pleasant range of cultural attractions.

You can travel to Stoke-on-Trent from Manchester in just 34 minutes, with tickets from as little as £11.10.

Find the cheapest train tickets from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent

For regular commuters to Stoke, 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 or around Stoke.

Travelling in comfort with Avanti

It’s 32 miles to your destination, and we want to make the time spent on the train feel swift.

With onboard Wi-Fi and sockets, feel free to answer your emails before work, scroll on socials, or stream videos. Should your devices need charging, make use of our onboard power sockets.

Make your journey even more settled by booking advance tickets. This means you can get the cheapest ticket with a departure time that works for you.

If you need to make a last-minute trip, you can use our Live Train Journey Tracker to book a ticket for the next train up to your arrival at the station.

Travelling from Manchester?

Football fans may associate Manchester with the football teams: Manchester United and Manchester City. Rightly so, but they should know this vibrant city offers more than just the football heritage.

For those hungry for culture, Manchester stands out as a modern metropolis boasting numerous museums, music venues and restaurants. The thriving nightlife in the Northern Quarter adds another layer to the city's allure.

Accessing the city centre is convenient, with Manchester Piccadilly a 10-minute walk away. Additionally, nearby bus, tram and taxi services provide alternative transportation options.

Serviced by a ticket office and ticket machines, Manchester Piccadilly Station offers amenities such as toilets with baby changing facilities, free public Wi-Fi, water fountains, and an array of shops.

This allows travellers to conveniently stock up on supplies for the trip to Stoke if needed.

Travelling to Stoke-on-Trent?

Prominent attractions in Stoke-on-Trent include the Potteries Museum and Trentham Monkey Forest, contributing to the city's cultural landscape.

Then there’s Alton Towers, the UK’s largest and most famous theme park. Stoke serves as a great place to stay when visiting Alton Towers, being just 16 miles away by car.

Stoke-on-Trent proves to be an enticing year-round destination. While the summer months are ideal for going to Alton Towers, the colder seasons provide opportunities to explore the city's deeper culture via its museums and galleries.

For convenient access, pedestrians can easily move from the train station by walking along the Trent and Mersey canals. Alternatively, taxi or bus services are readily available just outside the station.

The Stoke-on-Trent station boasts essential amenities, including free public Wi-Fi, an ATM, shops, and a cafe, along with facilities such as toilets equipped with baby-changing facilities.

First Class service

In Manchester Piccadilly, you can make use of our First Class Lounge. This place is ideal for relaxing and unwinding before your train departs. It's also a great location to meet friends or colleagues before your journey.

Enjoy a complimentary drink and use the free, fast Wi-Fi to catch up on emails or work on your laptop. You can also relax in the comfortable seating area or watch TV.

On the train, experience an elevated standard of travel by opting for first-class travel. Get complimentary snacks and beverages, a guaranteed table with electrical sockets, and augmented legroom.

These premium amenities are accessible at a remarkably reasonable cost. Learn more about First Class train tickets here, and how a simple upgrade enhances your travel experience.

Useful information for your journey from Manchester to Stoke-on-Trent