Manchester Train - Timetables, Fares and Tickets

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Manchester Picacadilly Train Tickets

National Rail Manchester Train Tickets

To travel to Manchester your ticket will entail travelling with at least one of the following train companies, all of whom offer direct rail services to and from Manchester Piccadilly railway station.

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Manchester Piccadilly Train Station

Manchester Train Times and Tickets

Manchester Piccadilly is the principal railway station in Manchester, England and the terminus for your Manchester Piccadilly train.

Manchester Picacadilly opended in 1842 and serves intercity routes to London Euston, Birmingham New Street, Bristol, South Wales, the south coast of England, Edinburgh and Glasgow Central, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street, Sheffield, Newcastle and other routes throughout northern England.

With over 18.6 million passenger entries and exits between April 2011 and March 2012 Manchester Piccadilly is the busiest station in the Manchester station group ahead of Oxford Road, Victoria and Deansgate. It is also the sixth busiest station in the United Kingdom outside London, after Birmingham New Street, Glasgow Central, Leeds, Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street and is the second busiest interchange station outside London, with almost 3.8 million passengers changing trains at the station annually.

According to an independent poll Manchester Piccadilly has the highest customer satisfaction level of any UK station, with 92% of passengers satisfied compared with the national average of 60%.There are plans to enlarge the station with two new through platforms as part of the Northern Hub and five new platforms as part of the High Speed 2 proposals.

Manchester Piccadilly Train Operating Companies

Northern Rail

Local train services to stations in the Manchester area, primarily to destinations south and east of the city in Cheshire or Derbyshire and beyond. These include Hadfield, Marple, Rose Hill Marple, New Mills Central, Sheffield via New Mills Central, Hazel Grove, Buxton, Crewe via Stockport or Manchester Airport, Stoke-on-Trent via Macclesfield, and Chester via Altrincham and Northwich. Northern Rail services operate to the north and west to Liverpool via St Helens Junction, Preston via Bolton and Southport via Wigan.

Arriva Trains Wales

Hourly services via Chester and the North Wales Coast Line to Llandudno, calling at Manchester Oxford Road, Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Warrington Bank Quay, Runcorn East, Frodsham, Helsby, Chester, Shotton, Flint, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Abergele & Pensarn, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno Junction and Deganwy. Two trains per day continue to Holyhead.

Hourly services also operate via Crewe, Shrewsbury and the Welsh Marches Line to Cardiff Central, with services continuing to Carmarthen or Milford Haven. There are once daily services to Tenby and Pembroke Dock.

CrossCountry Trains

Hourly services to Bournemouth call at Stockport, Macclesfield, Stoke-on-Trent, Stafford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham New Street, Birmingham International, Coventry, Leamington Spa, Banbury, Oxford, Reading, Basingstoke, Winchester, Southampton Airport Parkway, Southampton Central, and Brockenhurst.

Hourly services to Bristol Temple Meads call at Stockport, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton, Birmingham New Street, Cheltenham Spa, and Bristol Parkway. Some services continue to Paignton, Exeter St Davids, Cardiff Central and Plymouth.

East Midlands Trains

Hourly service from Liverpool Lime Street via Piccadilly to Sheffield and Nottingham, with most trains continuing to Norwich.

First TransPennine Express

The North TransPennine route has quarter-hourly services to Leeds via Huddersfield, with one train per hour continuing to Newcastle Central, Hull, Middlesbrough or Scarborough. In the opposite direction, one train per hour continues to Liverpool Lime Street and two to Manchester Airport. A two-hourly service to Leeds and York operates after midnight, providing a 24-hour service.

The South TransPennine route runs from Manchester Airport via Piccadilly to Sheffield and Cleethorpes, operating hourly.

The TransPennine North West services run from Manchester Airport to Preston via Bolton and Chorley half-hourly, with trains continuing to Blackpool North every hour, and Barrow-in-Furness or Windermere every two hours, and continue to Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, some of which are combined with services to Windermere, Blackpool North and Barrow-in-Furness.

Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains operate three trains per hour to London Euston, two via Stoke-on-Trent and one via Crewe as part of the West Coast franchise.

Manchester Train Ticket Savings

Cheaper  to Manchester Train Tickets

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