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Prices explained

Prices explained

At Loco2 we believe in price transparency. We use real data from Loco2 searches to estimate the cheapest fares you should be able to find for your journey.

The cheapest price is the lowest fare we've ever found for this journey. These prices can usually be found by searching when booking opens but they vary due to availability, which depends on factors like the day of the week or time of year.

More popular journeys include 30 day advance and 7 day advance prices. These are updated every two weeks using prices we've found by searching exactly 7 or 30 days from the most recent Thursday (we picked Thursday because this is when average prices are usually found).

30 day and 7 day prices fluctuate based on demand and availability at the time of search. For example, the 7-day price in summer is likely to be more expensive than the same journey in winter.

Prices are sourced in GBP and converted to other currencies using the daily market exchange rate.

We're always seeking to improve how price-checking works, and we welcome feedback on how we can make it better.

More advice about how to find the cheapest tickets can be found in our infographic.

  1. Cheapest price £23.00
  2. 30 day advance £85.90
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  1. Taking the train from London to Manchester is very easy. There’s one early morning train from Manchester which dashes to London in just two hours. No northbound service can quite match that. Most take about 2 hrs 10 mins for the 296-km journey. Fast trains operated by Virgin Trains West Coast leave London every 20 minutes for Manchester. The journey cuts through the Hertfordshire hills and then crosses the Midland Plain to Staffordshire, shirting the western edges of the Pennines on the approach to Manchester.

    No other rail operator provides direct services from London to Manchester, but there are alternative routes departing from Marylebone, Paddington or St Pancras stations in London. These all require a change of train en route and the journey time to Manchester is much longer. You may however sometimes find attractive fares on these other routes.

    Bookings for the London to Manchester services typically open 10 to 12 weeks prior to travel.


    London to Manchester

    Virgin Pendolino trains are used on the fast direct services from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly. Most services make just three intermediate stops on this journey. Heading north out of London, the railway follows the line of the Grand Union Canal as it runs through the Chilterns. Once well clear of London, there are some pleasing pastoral landscapes as the train runs north towards Manchester. Some services run via Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries; others via Crewe and Wilmslow. All trains stop at Stockport about 10 minutes before arriving at Manchester Piccadilly.

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The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and rail operator. This is why we ask for the age of young passengers.

Sometimes children below a certain age can travel without a seat for free. If you want to guarantee a seat for child passengers, enter '6' as the age of the child.

Read more about child and youth passenger ages. See also youth discounts and railcards.

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