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Manchester to Barnstaple by train

  • First train
    05:11
  • Last train
    23:50
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    5hr 22m
  • Distance
    294 kilometres
  • Trains per Day
    21
  • Avg. journey time
    8hr 45m
  • Train Operators

Travelling from Manchester to Barnstaple by train

Fast trains from Manchester to Barnstaple take around 5 hours and 22 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 294 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Manchester and Barnstaple.

1. Are there direct trains from Manchester to Barnstaple?

Journeys between Manchester and Barnstaple usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 23 departures on the route from Manchester to Barnstaple every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains usually run with a similar frequency on weekends.

2. How long is the train journey from Manchester to Barnstaple?

The Manchester to Barnstaple train travel time is normally about 5 hours and 22 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

3. What are the Manchester to Barnstaple train times and schedule?

On weekdays the earliest train to Barnstaple is usually scheduled to depart Manchester around 05:11 and the last train is around 23:50. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Manchester around 05:11, and the last at 22:35.

When to book Manchester to Barnstaple train tickets?

Trains in the UK usually open for booking around 3 months in advance. If booking is not yet open for your dates then you can set a booking alert to receive an email on the day that the cheapest tickets are released for your journey from Manchester to Barnstaple by train.

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Which train companies operate between Manchester and Barnstaple?

More than one train company operates on the route from Manchester to Barnstaple, so you’ll be travelling with one or more of the following rail operators:

  • Arriva Trains Wales
  • CrossCountry
  • First Great Western
  • Great Western Railway
  • Virgin Trains

You can check which train you’ll be travelling on by looking for the train name in search results.

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Child and youth passengers

The definition of "Child" and "Youth" varies by country and 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.