Stansted Airport to Manchester by train

  • First train
    05:30
  • Last train
    00:30
  • Avg changes
    1
  • Fastest journey
    3hr 19m
  • Distance
    244 kilometres
  • Trains per day
    48
  • Avg. journey time
    3hr 46m
  • Train operators

Travelling from Stansted Airport to Manchester by train

Fast trains from Stansted Airport to Manchester take around 3 hours and 19 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 244 kilometres. There are frequent services on the rail route between Stansted Airport and Manchester.

1. Are there direct trains from Stansted Airport to Manchester?

Journeys between Stansted Airport and Manchester usually involve one change of train.

We usually find around 47 departures on the route from Stansted Airport to Manchester every weekday that leave enough time to change trains without waiting around for longer than necessary.

Trains are typically more frequent on weekends, when we found around 54 departures.

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

The Stansted Airport to Manchester train travel time is normally about 3 hours and 19 minutes, whatever time you make the journey.

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

On weekdays the earliest train to Manchester is usually scheduled to depart Stansted Airport around 05:16 and the last train is around 00:30. At weekends the first train of the day leaves Stansted Airport around 05:30, and the last at 00:30.

When to book Stansted Airport to Manchester 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 Stansted Airport to Manchester by train.

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Which train companies operate between Stansted Airport and Manchester?

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

  • Abellio Greater Anglia
  • Avanti West Coast
  • CrossCountry
  • East Midlands Railway
  • East Midlands Trains
  • Greater Anglia
  • London Underground
  • UK Rail Connections
  • 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.