Glasgow to Manchester Train Tickets



One Way


Count on Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and Northern to get you quickly and comfortably from Glasgow to Manchester by train! Regardless of which high-speed commuter you board with, you’re assured a relaxing, carefree travel experience enhanced by quality in-car services and amenities. All trains offer the choice of Standard or First Class seating, along with a spectacular window view of the scenic UK landscape.

You’ll travel by train to Manchester, located in the northwestern region of England. Often referred to as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Manchester also has a deep-rooted history in the music, art, sports and science. The city is chock-full of fun and engaging visitor attractions, such as Albert Square, Manchester Cathedral, Rochdale Canal, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Manchester Art Gallery.

Purchase your Glasgow to Manchester ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ e-ticket right here. Shortly thereafter, you’ll receive your order confirmation along with a ticket collection reference number by email. Use this number to retrieve your physical ticket from a ticket collection machine anywhere in Britain and you’re ready for travel!

Journey Details


Trains depart approximately every 10 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes otherwise, with an average of 24 daily departures (7 of them direct routes)

Travel time

3 hours and 18 minutes (fastest time by direct route) or 3 hours and 16 minutes (fastest time with one connection)

Train stations

Glasgow Central and Manchester Piccadilly

Train features

Virgin Trains, TransPennine Express and Northern high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 201km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your Ticket on Departure & Reservation for travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train, the following fare options may be available:


Anytime tickets offer full flexibility. With no time restrictions, you are free to travel aboard any train, even during peak hours.


Advance tickets are less expensive, but have a limited availability. The sooner you book, the less you pay. Ideal for those committed to traveling on a particular date, time and train.


Off-peak tickets offer some flexibility, allowing you to travel aboard any train operating during off-peak hours on your ticket date. Though peak times may vary, they are typically before 9:30am and between 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

Standard class coaches provide comfortable, quality seating.

First Class

First class coaches are equipped with larger, reclining seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy a number of complimentary services such as at-seat food and drink catering, WiFi connectivity and morning newspapers (subject to availability).
Ticket Discounts

Child discount

Children under 5 years of age travel for free. Children between the ages of 5 and 15 can save up to 50% off the adult ticket price.
Train Services and Amenities
  • Onboard food and drink catering (subject to availability)
  • WiFi internet access (where available)
  • Power outlets and work tables for laptops
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Priority seating and travel assistance for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches
  • “Quiet Coach” seating (on select trains)
Additional Details

Seat reservations

In most cases, your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ will include a seat reservation. Exceptions where the seat may not be reserved at the time of booking include shorter journeys that don’t offer seat reservations or when the allocation of reservable seats is fully booked. In either case, your ticket is still valid and you can sit in any vacant seat.

Ticket Purchase Conditions and Delivery

Tickets for travel from Glasgow to Manchester by train may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not permitted.
Once your e-ticket order has been processed, you will receive an email confirmation with a ticket collection #. Collect your physical ticket simply by using this number at a self-service ticket dispensing machine at the station before boarding.

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