Manchester to Leeds Train Tickets



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When looking to travel from Manchester to Leeds by train, let TransPennine Express and Northern lead the way! Both high-speed commuters provide a smooth, comfortable ride to Leeds in a relaxed atmosphere. While on route, you’ll enjoy a number of onboard services with a smile, plus with a great window view of north-central England’s rolling landscape.

Although trains leave Manchester from either Piccadilly or Victoria station, they all arrive at Leeds’ central railway station. With frequent daily departures available, you’re free to travel from Manchester to Leeds by train morning, noon or night!

The biggest city in England’s West Yorkshire region, Leeds is delightfully intriguing with its expressive Victorian architecture, contemporary culture, brisk nightlife and numerous retail shops, cafés and museums. Key attractions you’ll want to include on your sightseeing itinerary include the 12th-century Kirkstall Abbey ruins, Leeds Art Gallery, Royal Armouries Museum, and upscale Victoria Quarter shopping district.

Buy your convenient Manchester to Leeds ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’ here. 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 leaving from Piccadilly Station depart approximately every 10 to 15 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes otherwise; trains leaving from Victoria Station depart approximately every 5 to 20 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes to an hour otherwise; on average, there is a combined total of 119 non-stop departures daily

Travel time

49 minutes (fastest time)

Train stations

Manchester Piccadilly or Victoria and Leeds

Train features

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

When booking your ‘Ticket on Departure & Reservation’, 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

(available on TransPennine Express trains only) 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, plus access to power outlets for charging laptops or other mobile devices.
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 (available on TransPennine Express trains only)
  • WiFi internet access
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Priority seating for elderly and disabled passengers
  • Non-smoking coaches
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 Manchester to Leeds 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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