Trains to Manchester

How to get there, what to do and how to get home with Avanti West Coast.

Manchester city centre

Home of The Hacienda, the Football League, Coronation Street and Vimto, Manchester lays claim to some of the best in British invention. But its history is richer and longer than many imagine. The Roman fort of Mancunium is the earliest recorded history of Manchester back in around 79 AD and you can still find remains of the ancient fort today. In the 19th century, Manchester began to grow at an exponential rate. During the industrial revolution, textile manufacturing boomed and Manchester was for a time the most productive centre of cotton processing.

The city was hit substantially during the second world war and for many years after, but the 1990s saw Manchester bounce back and begin extensive regeneration. Manchester has always been in the spotlight for music and is usually referred to as the birthplace of indie artists. So much so that Manchester was credited as the driving force behind Indie music in the 1980s and no wonder, with a roster of local emerging artists like The Smiths, The Stone Roses and later Oasis that call the city their home.

Manchester is a city full to the brim with culture, with so much to see and experience it makes a perfect destination for all.

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Popular Avanti West Coast trains to Manchester

Manchester Piccadilly is one of our most popular stations, with frequent services every day. You can find the most popular direct routes listed below:

Fastest Journey Times

Travelling from...

Fastest time

London to Manchester

2 hours 5 minutes

Crewe to Manchester

35 minutes

Milton Keynes to Manchester

1 hour 37 minutes

Stockport to Manchester

9 minutes

Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester

39 minutes

Macclesfield to Manchester

24 minutes

Wilmslow to Manchester

19 minutes

Watford to Manchester

1 hour 55 minutes

Tamworth to Manchester

1 hour 8 minutes

Lichfield to Manchester

1 hour 1 minute

Things to do in Manchester

Manchester is a well-known city of sport and also home to the world's biggest football museum. At the National Football Museum, you can discover the vast social history of the game, view Premier League and FA trophies and practice your skills throughout with interactive games.

If you’re an even bigger football fan, you could also take a tour around the Manchester United and Manchester City stadium museums. Enjoy 2 for 1 entry to the Manchester United Stadium for an immersive premier league tour experience.

If you're in the mood for shopping and looking to bag yourself a bargain, there are plenty of places to shop in Manchester. The two main shopping centres are the intu Trafford Centre and Manchester Arndale, both of which are accessible by public transport and have a variety of high street shops and restaurants so you can really make a day of it.

The Sea Life Manchester Aquarium is something the whole family can enjoy. Discover and learn about the 2000 species and endangered species of fish in the aquarium and even catch feeding time. The 2 for 1 offer on entry tickets makes this destination hard to miss.

Sea Life Manchester

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of Manchester's music scene with a trip to the venue Band on the Wall which has been part of the thriving music scene for over a century. There is an endless list of music venues, bars and clubs all over the city that capture the vibrant history of Manchester.

Manchester Band on the Wall

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Discover more of Manchester's amazing musical talents at some of the best venues in the country.
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Manchester Station Information

If you’re not familiar with Manchester or its station, ​you’ll find everything you need right here​:

Manchester Piccadilly station information

There’s information from accessibility to parking and ticketing to WiFi coverage. More details on our wider network can be found ​on this page​.