London to Manchester Train Tickets



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Discover Virgin Trains, and you will perhaps discover the most efficient and comfortable way to travel from London to Manchester by train. Revel in Britain’s picturesque landscapes as you wind your way northwest to the “second city of the United Kingdom” in style.

Capable of reaching top speeds of up to 200 km/h, Virgin’s innovative tilting Pendolino trains can cover the distance in a little more than 2 hours. With several departures leaving the Euston station each day, you’re destined to get from London to Manchester by train at the precise moment you need to.

Once a textile industry powerhouse, Manchester thrives today in a number of areas such as the performing arts, media broadcasting, architecture, and transportation, just to name a few. Along with the revered Manchester United Football Club, the city is also home to the Imperial War Museum North, Albert Square and the soaring Beetham Tower Skyscraper.

Buy your convenient Virgin Trains e-ticket here and it will be emailed directly to you in just a short time. When booking, you will notice that this ticket is called a ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’. Simply use the ticket collection reference # provided in the email we send you to collect your actual train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain.

Journey Details


Trains depart approximately every 20 minutes with 46 scheduled departures daily in each direction

Travel time

2 hours and 7 minutes direct

Train stations

London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly

Train features

Virgin Pendolino tilting high-speed trains, reaching a maximum speed of 200 km/h
Ticket Fares

When booking your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’, the following fare options may be available:


The most expensive fare option, allows you to purchase on the travel day itself or book up to 12 weeks in advance. There are no time or route restrictions - you have the total freedom to board any train you want whenever you want. Available for single trip tickets (valid for 2 days) and return-trip tickets (valid for up to 30 days).


The least expensive fare option, allows you to book up to 12 weeks in advance for travel on a specific date, time and train. Valid in First or Second Class, your seat reservation is guaranteed. No ticket exchanges or refunds allowed. These tickets are available in limited numbers.


A value-priced fare option, allows you to travel for less during off-peak times. Peak hours vary for each train operator but are usually before 9:30 and between 16:00 and 19:00. Purchase on the day of travel itself or book up to 12 weeks in advance. Available for single and return-trip tickets in First Class only. Valid for 30 days.
Ticket Classes

Standard Class

  • Double seat / aisle / double seat layout.
  • Seats equipped with headrests and armrests that offer adequate passenger comfort.
  • Refreshments (coffee, tea, soft drinks) served directly to your seat via in-car trolley service.
  • Limited power outlet access.
  • WiFi availability

First Class

  • Single seat / aisle / double seat layout.
  • Spacious reclining seats that offer luxurious comfort and lots of legroom.
  • Complimentary snacks, hot or cold refreshments, and daily newspapers served directly to your seat via in-car trolley service.
  • First-rate hot meals prepared in a dedicated onboard kitchen.
  • Handy fold-down tables (available at most seats) offer plenty of room for using a laptop or dining.
  • Power outlet access beneath every window.
  • Free WiFi
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
All Virgin Pendolino trains provide you with WiFi connectivity, power outlet access, courtesy reading lights and overhead racks for storing small to medium-sized luggage items. There is also a small walk-in shop in Coach “C” where you can purchase both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks in addition to sandwiches, snacks, sweets, newspapers and magazines.
Additional Details

Seat reservations

When booking your Virgin Trains e-ticket, the seat reservation is included in most cases. 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

Receive your ticket collection reference number by email, which can be used to collect your train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain, good for travel from London to Manchester by train.

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