Manchester to London Train Tickets



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Discover Virgin Trains and you will perhaps discover the most efficient and comfortable way to travel from Manchester to London by train. Revel in Britain’s picturesque landscapes as you wind your way to the heart of England 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 Piccadilly station each day, you’re destined to get from Manchester to London by train at the precise moment you need to.

Awaiting you is London, a major metropolis with an extensive historical and cultural background. Take your time as there is much to see and do in the UK capital. Popular attractions include the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben Clock Tower, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral. For the more adventurous, ride the London Eye Observation Wheel along the Thames River which offers a spectacular bird’s-eye view of this royal city.

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 8 minutes direct

Train stations

Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston

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:


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

  • 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 Manchester to London by train.

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