Getting from Chester to Manchester by train is easy. Manchester is a modern, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant culture. It also has a dramatic industrial past, which is proudly celebrated. In the past 50 years, it’s reinvented itself as a centre for arts, culture and high-end retail.

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How long is the train from Chester to Manchester?

The journey takes just over an hour and services run every 30 minutes. You can travel at a date and time that suits you with our flexible Anytime tickets. There’s no need to change trains, so you can sit back and relax.


Why travel from Chester to Manchester by train?

Manchester has plenty to offer if you’re planning a day trip or weekend away, with a full calendar of year-round festivals and attractions. Enjoy the magical Christmas Market, world-class restaurants, galleries, museums and enough shopping opportunities to keep you busy for days on end. It’s the perfect destination for some time out.

Both Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre can rival London’s Oxford Street for designer stores, with the latter incorporating the IMAX cinema, Legoland Discovery and the fabulous Sea Life Centre. There’re many places to enjoy a bite to eat, as a couple or with the whole family. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure.


What train tickets can I get from Chester to Manchester?

We have numerous ticket types available, including Advance tickets and Anytime tickets, with discounted rates available. We have tickets that can save you both money and hassle. By downloading our easily accessible app, you can find the best deals on Advance tickets and all our lowest available fares. You can also check timetables, buy tickets and use our capacity checker to find out how busy your train is likely to be, helping you plan your journey.