Manchester to Liverpool Train Tickets



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See more of what England has to offer by taking a pleasant trip from Manchester to Liverpool by train! Whether you board with Northern, TransPennine Express or East Midlands Trains, you’ll be sure to travel in style as you’re treated to a wide range of friendly services en route. Standard and First Class seating is available on all trains, along with all the comforts you’ll need for a quiet, relaxing commute.

Though most Liverpool-bound trains leave Manchester from Piccadilly Station, some also depart from Oxford Road. All trains arrive at Liverpool Lime Street Station except one, which makes a single connection before reaching Liverpool Central. With frequent departures each day, you can travel from Manchester to Liverpool by train when it suits you the most!

Liverpool is a seaport city in England’s northwest region. Perhaps most famous for being the birthplace of “The Beatles”, Liverpool has several other popular tourist attractions including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Radio City Tower and Liverpool Cathedral. Sports fans will enjoy a visit to Anfield, one of the largest football stadiums in the country and home of the city’s cherished Liverpool F.C. team.

Buy your convenient Manchester to Liverpool ‘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


From Piccadilly Station, trains depart in 10- to 20-minute intervals during peak times and every 30 minutes otherwise; from Oxford Road Station, trains depart every hour on average; there are approximately 64 total departures daily (63 non-stop)

Travel time

46 minutes direct (fastest time)

Train stations

Piccadilly and Oxford Road in Manchester, Lime Street and Central in Liverpool

Train features

East Midlands Trains, TransPennine Express and Northern passenger trains, reaching a maximum speed of 177km/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

First class coaches are equipped with larger, adjustable seats that offer superior comfort as well as plenty of leg and elbow room. Passengers can enjoy complimentary at-seat food and refreshment service on most train lines.
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
  • Power outlets for charging laptops or other mobile devices
  • Designated storage areas for personal luggage items
  • Non-smoking coaches
  • “Quiet Coach” seating on certain trains
  • Travel assistance for the disabled
Additional Details

Seat reservations

When booking your Manchester to Liverpool 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

Tickets may be booked up to 3 months in advance. Refunds and exchanges are not allowed. Receive your ticket collection reference number (PNR) by email, which can be used to collect your train ticket from a self-service ticket machine in Britain, good for travel from Manchester to Liverpool by train.

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