Trains from Cambridge to Manchester run from Cambridge Train Station. The train is normally quicker than taking the bus but slightly more expensive. The Train service between Cambridge and Manchester runs regularly up to 63 times a day. The first Train leaves Cambridge at 04:48 and the last Train departing at 20:30. The journey time on the Train is 3hr 43 mins.
There is no direct service on this route. You need to take the train from Cambridge Train Station to London Kings Cross and change here to London Underground. Take the Underground to London Euston (take the Victoria Line towards Brixton, trains run every 3 minutes) and then change onto the connecting train to Manchester Piccadilly
It is advisable to book train tickets in advance online as they are cheaper. You can travel from Cambridge to Manchester for just 78.50 GBP if you book in advance online compared to 89.50 GBP if you just turn up at the station. Strange as it may seem you may also find it cheaper to book two single tickets rather than a return.
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If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by Train, you will be using Manchester Piccadilly Train station on London Road. Manchester Train station is a 10 minute walk from the city centre and provides a good service to all national destinations. For more detailed information, including maps, national and local trains see our guide to Manchester Piccadilly Train Station.
If you are travelling to or from Europe you can connect by booking Eurostar tickets online from Paris or Brussels to London.
The Bus service between Cambridge and Manchester runs 7 times a day. This service is run by NationalExpress with the first Bus starting at 09:40 and the last bus is at 18:00. You can book a return fare from 34.40 GBP. To get cheap fares you need to book in advance and travel at off-peak times afer 09:00. The Bus to Manchester runs from Cambridge Centre in Cambridge to Manchester Coach Station in Manchester. Manchester is 189 miles (304.29Km) from Cambridge and the journey time on the Bus will take 5hr 40 mins.
There is no direct service on this route. You will need to change once at Milton Keynes Coach Station onto a Manchester bound coach
Buses can be very crowded and there is no guarantee of a place unless you book in advance, to check times and prices of buses from Cambridge to Manchester click the button below.
If you are arriving or departing from Manchester by coach or public bus you will almost certainly start or finish your journey in the city centre at Manchester Central coach station, on Chorlton Street. The bus station is a 5 minute walk from Manchester City Centre. More detailed information on stops on this route can be found on this map. For more detailed information on national and local buses in Manchester see our guide to Manchester Bus Station.
Manchester is 189 miles (304.29Km) from Cambridge. If you are travelling to Manchester by car, you have several options on what to do with your car when you get there. If you are only visiting for the day then it is best to use the Manchester Park and Ride facilities located North, South, East and West of the city centre.
If you are just visiting for a few hours then you might want to use one of the car parks located near the City Centre. For more detailed information including maps see our guide to parking in Manchester. If you need to book a rental car when you get to Manchester there are several places to pick up a car.
If you are travelling in a group you may find the most economic way to travel from Cambridge could be by private taxi hire. The service is door to door and saves hassle with baggage. A typical car with 4 passengers will cost 229.00 GBP and a van (8 passengers) 329.00 GBP one way from Cambridge to Manchester.
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Manchester Jazz Festival
(Thu 26th Jul, 2018)
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Manchester Pride Parade
(Fri 17th Aug, 2018)
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Manchester Literature Festival
(Mon 08th Oct, 2018)
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